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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Clark Peters

Clark Peters

Clark Peters, PhD, JD, AM
Associate Professor

719 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 884-1411
Fax: [573] 882-8926
Twitter: @clarkmpeters
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Growing Up Fast & Slow


PhD, University of Chicago, 2010; MSW, University of Chicago, 2005; JD, Cornell Law School, 1992; BA, University of Chicago, 1988.

Research Interests:

Child Welfare Services and Organization; Adolescent Transition to Adulthood; Engagement of Youth in Civil Society; Juvenile Justice; Juvenile Courts, and Probation; History of Social Work; Role of Theory in Social Work; Advocacy and Collaboration with Other Professionals; Restorative Justice.

Teaching Interests:

Child Welfare; Juvenile Justice, and Services for Adolescents; History of Social Work; Mixed
Methodology; Interdisciplinary Teaching Involving Law and Other Professional Schools and Disciplines; Applied Advocacy Practices Integrated into the Classroom.


2015 Outstanding Faculty Award from the School of Social Work's Alumni Association

Research and Scholarly Activity:

Helping Vulnerable Youth Transition Successfully to Adulthood

Dr. Peters’ work focuses on helping vulnerable young people – especially individuals experiencing state care – successfully transition to adulthood. He also examines child welfare services and judicial oversight of dependency and delinquency cases. Dr. Peters works closely with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative (JCYOI). He recently examined asset building for young adults aging out of foster care and is currently working on a project to assess enhancements to JCYOI’s asset-building activities. Dr. Peters has also examined and presented on increasing the level of “normalcy” of young people in state care, including providing access to drivers’ licenses, dental care, and financial education.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Peters teaches courses that address policy, social justice and law. He also recently developed a writing seminar that challenges undergraduate students to deepen their understanding of a specific disadvantaged population – such as homeless youths, veterans, disabled individuals, or victims of domestic violence – through examining their experiences in professional literature and through the personal stories provided to the class.