Social & Education Policy

Aislinn Conrad

  • Research Fellow, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work


Aislinn Conrad, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of social work in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her overall research examines the social determinants that reduce child maltreatment and promote family wellbeing. Past projects include linking material hardship (food/housing insecurity) to child abuse, and validating the Spanish version of the Protective Factors Survey. 

Before her appointment at the University of Iowa, Conrad received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. There, she served as an early childhood project coordinator, and managed a federally-funded early childhood project. Prior to receiving her graduate degrees, Conrad served as a case manager for children in the foster care system and investigated alleged incidences of child abuse and neglect in Kansas.

Research Interests

  • Child wellbeing
  • Child maltreatment prevention
  • Contextual factors of child maltreatment
  • Poverty
  • Material hardship
  • Structural equation modeling

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • M.S.W., University of Kansas