Clark Peters, Ph.D.
MPSI Policy Branch Director

Home Miz­zou Depart­ment: Social Work


Phone: 573–884-1411

719 Clark Hall, Colum­bia MO

Clark Peters, Ph.D., MSW, JD, is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri School of Social Work and Tru­man School of Pub­lic Affairs, focus­ing his work pri­mar­i­ly on ado­les­cents in state care and juve­nile jus­tice. He is also is a Pol­i­cy Fel­low at the Insti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy, holds a cour­tesy appoint­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri School of Law, and is a Fac­ul­ty Direc­tor of Youth Devel­op­ment at the Cen­ter for Social Devel­op­ment at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty is St. Louis. As a Skad­den Fel­low and staff attor­ney at the Youth Law Cen­ter in San Fran­cis­co, he rep­re­sent­ed youth in the child wel­fare and juve­nile jus­tice sys­tems in civ­il rights actions. He has pre­sent­ed, taught, and writ­ten on issues of juve­nile jus­tice, fos­ter care, and child wel­fare in the US and abroad. His cur­rent research work focus­es on youths in fos­ter care, asset build­ing, and youth engage­ment, and appears in Social Work, the Mis­souri Law Review, Jour­nal of Pub­lic Child Wel­fare, and the Chil­dren and Youth Ser­vices Review. He is a co-PI on a Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Research Lead­ers grant focused on vio­lence prevention.


  • Social Pol­i­cy,
  • Child Wel­fare,
  • Human Ser­vices & Courts, 
  • Crim­i­nal & Juve­nile Justice. 

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