ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, DIRECTOR OF THE CLARK-FOX POLICY INSTITUTE
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Gary Parker has spent the last two decades engaged in policy practice. First as a government employee and then as a university-based policy analysist and researcher, he has partnered with policymakers on the local, state and federal levels to develop, implement and evaluate policies aimed at improving the health and mental health children and families. As the former deputy director of the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, he led several community-based participatory research projects and collaborated with community and government partners to connect evidence-based solutions to policy decision-making. He is the inaugural director of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute whose mission is to translate empirical findings of social work and public health researchers into evidence-based policy. Through the institute, he leverages a vast network of transdisciplinary scholarship and community knowledge to inform critical policy issues. As the Associate Dean for External Affairs at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, he oversees communications, professional development courses and the School’s Evaluation Center.