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Hannah Karpman, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Hannah Karpman teaches policy courses at the Smith School for Social Work. Dr. Karpman began her career in residential mental health services for young women, eventually pursuing her doctorate and research to examine trends she observed while working in the field. Dr. Karpman's work is primarily in the field of children's mental health. Her broad research interests include the places where the child welfare, mental health, physical health and other child serving systems intersect. In addition, Dr. Karpman is interested in innovative approaches to increasing the resiliency of at risk children and families.

Dr. Karpman's current research focuses on the outcome of the Rosie D. v. Patrick lawsuit, a class action lawsuit about Medicaid funded mental health services for children. The resulting court remedy mandated a re-design of children's Medicaid funded mental health services. Her research focuses primarily on the implementation of a state-wide behavioral health assessment for children (CANS) and a Wraparound process used for care coordination. Dr. Karpman helped to hone the Massachusetts version of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment, the tool used by public sector clinicians to assess children and families, and remains interested and involved in how this assessment is used in practice and research across the country. Her research on Wraparound, a process used to help families take the helm of their treatment team, seeks to understand how it is utilized and its impact on the treatment trajectories of children and their families. Most of Dr. Karpman's research is quantitative in nature, using advanced statistical approaches.

Dr. Karpman works collaboratively with Berkshire Children and Families and a research partner to examine the impact of a new El Sistema program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The El Sistema model, which originated in Venezuela, uses music education as a mechanism for the primary prevention of poverty. She is passionate about providing research support to community based agencies who are implementing innovative approaches to the primary prevention of the issues impacting children and families.


Ph.D., Brandeis University, Social Policy

M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, Macro-Practice

B.A. (Psychology and English), Mount Holyoke College

Professional Interests

Areas of Current Research

Selected Publications

Fakunmoju, S. B., Bammeke, F. O., Bosiakoh, T. A., Asante, R. K. B., Wooten, N. R., Hill, A. C., & Karpman, H. (2013). Perception and Determination of Child Maltreatment: Exploratory Comparisons Across Three Countries. Children and Youth Services Review.

Hodgkin, D., & Karpman, H. E. (2010). Economic crises and public spending on mental health care. International Journal of Mental Health, 39(2), 91-106.

Selected Presentations

Karpman, H. & Propp, J. (November 2012). Beyond the classroom walls: An experiential learning approach to program evaluation. Juried paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Karpman, H., Hall, G. & McDonough, D. (September 2012). Cultural considerations in the Massachusetts CANS. Juried paper presented at the CANS Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Karpman. H. & Hull, J. (2011, April). Inter-rater Reliability in the Massachusetts CANS. Juried paper presented at the National CANS Conference in Baltimore, MD.