Bart Klika, MSW, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the University of Montana, School of Social Work
Bart is currently an assistant professor of social work at the University of Montana. His research and scholarship examines the causes and consequences associated with child abuse and neglect in an effort to prevent its occurrence. Since 2008, Bart served as a research assistant on the Lehigh Longitudinal Study, one of the longest running national studies examining the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect. During his doctoral studies, Bart served as a research consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examining issues related to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2011, Bart was also selected for the inaugural cohort of fellows for the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, a national fellowship providing support and mentorship for doctoral students seeking innovations in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Bart is a member and co-chair of the Prevention Committee for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is a co-editor of the APSAC Advisor, a practice-based journal.
Bart’s current research focuses on the importance of early intervention (home visiting) in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting health and well-being for mothers and babies. He is currently conducting a study examining perceptions of home visiting services which is likely to uncover the factors associated with enrollment, engagement, and retention in voluntary home visiting services.