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PateDavid J. Pate, Jr.

Associate Professor of Social Work, UW Milwaukee
Affiliated Associate Professor of the Institute for Research on Poverty, UW-Madison
Affiliate, Collaborative Center for Health Equity, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
A.M., University of Chicago
B.S.W., University of Detroit

E-Mail: pated@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-6038
Room: 1053 Enderis Hall

Professional Interests:

  • Poverty
  • Child Support Enforcement policy
  • The Life-Course of Black Males
  • Fathers of Welfare-Reliant Children
  • Domestic Violence
  • The intersection of race, gender, and poverty on social welfare policy formation

Professor Pate’s research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine the relationship of non-custodial fathers of children on welfare and the child support enforcement system, and the fathers relationship with the mothers of their children.

Courses:

(SW 206) Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Undergraduate Level)
(SW 851) Social Issues and Policy Analysis (Masters Level)
(SW 931) Theories of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy for Children and Families
(SW 952) Qualitative Research Methods (Doctoral Level)

Selected Publications:

  • Patricia A. Lee King and David J. Pate, Jr. (2014) “Perinatal HIV testing among African American, Caucasian, Hmong and Latina women: exploring the role of health-care services, information sources, and perceptions of HIV/AIDS.” Health Education Research 29:1:February.
  • Waldo Johnson, David J. Pate, Jr. & Jarvis Givens (2010), Big Boys Don’t Cry, Black Boys Don’t Feel: The Intersection of Shame and Worry on Community Violence and the Social Construction of Masculinity among Urban African American Males: The Case of Derrion Albert. In C. Edley, Jr. and J. Ruiz de Velasco (eds.). Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color, University of California Press
  • David J. Pate, Jr. (2010) Life After PRWORA: The Involvement of African-American Fathers with Welfare-reliant Children and the Child Support Enforcement System," In W. Johnson (ed.), Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy, Oxford Press.

Selected Honors and Service:

On sabbatical during the fall of 2013, he was a Visiting Research Professor at the University of York, SPRU, City of York, United Kingdom.

Recipient of the 2013 Fromkin Award – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library 44th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecturer: “Title of Lecture: Access to Justice: How Lawyers Matter in Civil Proceedings for Low-Income Litigants”. (November 14, 2013)

Invited member to National Advisory Board of the Responsible Father Research Network. (2013-2018)

Member, Welfare Research and Family Self-Sufficiency Technical Working Group, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. (Term: 2012-2014)

Participated on the social science research and writing team which submitted two amicus brief for the Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) in support of the petitioner in the Turner v. Rogers case to the United States Supreme Court. Oral arguments were presented on the case in Washington, D.C. on March 23, 2011. The decision was rendered on June 20, 2011.

Elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Recent Broadcast and Selected Editorial:

Wisconsin Worst in Nation for Well-Being of Black Children
WUWM, 89.7 FM NPR (April 2, 2014)

Access to Justice for Low-Income Litigants in Civil Cases
Presenters: Tonya Brito, Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and David J. Pate, Jr., Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (March 26, 2014)

NPR Contributor (Milwaukee affiliate) Station: WUWM 89.7 FM
"Real Talk with David Pate” (Ongoing, Monthly since 2013)

CNN Op-Ed piece: Education vs. the lure of pro basketball (2012)

Current Research Projects:

Access to Justice for Low-Income Civil Litigants: A Comparative Study of How Lawyers and More Limited Forms of Legal Assistance Matter in Child Support Enforcement Proceedings.

Principal Investigator: Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin, Law School and Co-Investigator, David Pate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Wisconsin Partnership Program, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Grants University-Community Research Partnerships (2013-2014) Development Grants ($50,000 each)

  • Engaging African-American Fathers to Reduce Infant Mortality by Improving their Health Literacy.
    Project Manager: Kathleen Pritchard, IMPACT Planning Council
    Principal Investigator: David Pate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and Co-Investigator: Kris Barnekow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences.
  • Kenosha Fatherhood Involvement Planning Project.
    Project Manager: Pamela Halbach, Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. (WIC)
    Principal Investigator: David Pate and Co-Investigator: James Dimitri Topitzes, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
  • The Intersectionality of Employment and Health Status for African American Males.
    Project Manager: Gregory Williams, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.
    Principal Investigator: David Pate and Co-Investigator: James Dimitiri Topitzes, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Prior to his academic appointment, David worked for 15 years as a practicing social worker, held a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship with the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the founder and former executive director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

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