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Dr. Paul Lanier

Paul Lanier Paul Lanier, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where he teaches courses in social policy and program evaluation. Dr. Lanier received his doctoral degree from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As a doctoral student he was selected as a fellow with the national Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, and a NIMH T32 fellow at the Center for Mental Health Services Research. Dr. Lanier is an expert in developing, evaluating, and scaling-up evidence-based prevention programs in child welfare, mental health, and early childhood systems. His recent work has focused on engaging and supporting low-income families with young children, particularly new fathers. He recently completed a federally-funded quasi-experimental trial of a peer support group for fathers of children in Head Start. He was also recently an investigator on a randomized controlled trial implementing Triple P in the child welfare system. In addition to his focus on intervention research, Dr. Lanier also uses linked, multi-sector administrative data for policy analysis of child welfare and health systems serving vulnerable populations.