Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Director
“I love that TXICFW embraces a team approach to research and program development. I think one reason our institute is successful is because we collaborate, communicate, and support one another.”
Dr. Gerlach is the Associate Director of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing. She combines her research training with her clinical social work experience to evaluate approaches to serve vulnerable children and families best. Her professional interests include developing and evaluating practice and systems that can best support children and parents that have experienced trauma. These systems include schools, healthcare, child welfare and prevention of child maltreatment. She thinks exciting avenues exist in each of these systems to prevent, heal and reduce the intergeneration transmission of trauma within families. In addition to working on research projects and presenting workshops, Dr. Gerlach also enjoys teaching in the UT School of Social Work. She has taught Social Work Practice in Schools, Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Research Methods. She also serves as an appointee to the Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board, a Horns Helping Horns mentor and a member of the UT School Social Work Conference Committee. Some of Beth’s research interests include school-based health and mental health services, prevention of child maltreatment, interdisciplinary approaches to address adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, prevention of multigenerational trauma, restorative discipline practices in schools, family relationships and parenting, and adolescents aging out of foster care.