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Paul Lanier

Associate Director, Jordan Institute for Families
Principal Investigator, Behavioral Health Springboard

Paul Lanier


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building


325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6446

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Paul Lanier, MSW, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he teaches courses in social policy and program evaluation. He is also the co-director of Behavioral Health Services and Systems Research at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services research. Dr. Lanier received his doctoral degree from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on improving access to high-quality services delivered in child welfare, behavioral health, and early childhood systems.

Degrees and Licenses

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Primary Program

Behavioral Health Springboard

Research and Professional Interests

Behavioral health
Child well-being
Services research
Program evaluation
Evidence-based practice

Other Projects

NC MIECHV Needs Assessment

Building Bridges Initiative Pilot Evaluation

Recent Publications

Screening children for social determinants of health: A systematic review

Innovative solutions for state Medicaid programs to leverage their data, build their analytic capacity, and create evidence-based policy

A quasi-experimental effectiveness study of Triple P on child maltreatment

Preventing infant maltreatment with predictive analytics: applying ethical principles to evidence-based child welfare policy

A quasi-experimental study of Circle of Parents with fathers of children in Head Start


SOWO 530

Social Policy

SOWO 810

Program Evaluation