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Erin Maher

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Erin Maher

Associate Professor
Senior Associate Director for the Data Institute for Societal Challenges
Adjunct Associate Professor for the Department of Pediatrics and College of Medicine

Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 2000
Office: KAUF 331
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Areas

Child Abuse and Neglect, Early Childhood, Poverty


Dr. Maher is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Senior Associate Director of OU’s Data Institute for Societal Challenges. Her research focuses on the intersection of poverty and child maltreatment, child well-being, and family functioning. She works with state agencies to evaluate social programs in these areas. She brings an applied focus to her scholarship and an emphasis on using and communicating research results in policy and practice. Prior to coming to OU, she served as Director of Research for a large national foundation conducting large scale program evaluations in child welfare. She has published extensively in journals reflecting a variety of academic disciplines.