Chris Flaherty
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2001
(859) 257-3254
  • Child Welfare
  • Social Work with Incarcerated Populations
  • Social Work in Health Care
  • Research Methods
  • Program Evaluation
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Dr. Flaherty received his B.S.W. from the University of Southern Colorado (1990), his M.S.W. from the University of Denver (1992), and his doctorate in social work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2001).

His current research and publications focus on child welfare and family violence. Dr. Flaherty’s publications include Privatization of child welfare services: Lessons learned from experienced states regarding site readiness assessment and planning. Children & Youth Services Review. (in press) and Predicting child physical abuse recurrence: Comparison of a neural network to logistic regression. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 21(4). 93-111(2003).

Dr. Flaherty is currently working with a multidisciplinary team to develop a community-based, evidence-driven response to the impact of methamphetamine production and use on children in rural Kentucky. His long-term goal is to maximize coordinated interdisciplinary research and practice directed toward improving the lives of endangered and vulnerable children. One of Dr Flaherty’s current efforts is the development of a clearinghouse for all university research and service activities concerning the health and well-being of children within Kentucky.

Dr. Flaherty serves as a member of the University’s Non-medical Institutional Review Board, and is on the board of directors for Sunflower Kids, a non-profit agency that provides supervised child visitation for family court cases involving family violence. He is a member of the Council on Social Work Education. Dr Flaherty has presented research at national and international conferences. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in social work research.

Prior to joining the College of Social Work, Dr. Flaherty worked for twenty years in the U.S. Air Force mental health and social services systems. His military practice experience includes mental health, child and family violence intervention, prison-based treatment, and post-graduate medical education in primary healthcare.