Kevin Poh Hiong Tan

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Kevin Tan received his PhD from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, and his Bachelors in Social Work (Honors) from the National University of Singapore. He has worked as a school social worker in Singapore. He also worked in a suburban school district in the St. Louis, Missouri area. While there, he developed a district-wide universal screening approach for identifying and monitoring groups of high school students for related interventions. Professor Tan’s research focuses on understanding profiles of youth risk and protective factors, developmental patterns of problems behaviors, and their social contextual influences. Based in a person-oriented developmental psychopathology perspective, his work focuses on interventions that target pattern-specific developmental risk. He has published work in the area of youth risk and protective factors, family influences, and school social work practice. The goal of Professor Tan’s work is to promote the implementation of prevention research in school settings. Professor Tan teaches courses in Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents and Program Evaluation.


BA, Social Work, National University of Singapore, 2003

MSW, Washington University, 2008

PhD, Social Work, University of Chicago, 2016

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Research Output

Individual, Family, and School Correlates across Patterns of High School Poly-substance Use

Tan, K., Davis, J. P., Smith, D. C. & Yang, W., Mar 2 2020, In : Substance Use and Misuse. 55, 5, p. 743-751 9 p.

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  • Teacher-student ratings of social, emotional, behavioural needs among high school freshmen students

    Tan, K., White, J., Shin, O., Kim, S. & Hoang Le, M. D., May 18 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Educational Studies.

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  • Gender Differences in Patterns of School Victimization and Problem Behaviors During Middle School and Their Relation to High School Graduation

    Tan, K., Heath, R. D., Das, A. & Choi, Y., Apr 1 2019, In : Youth and Society. 51, 3, p. 339-357 19 p.

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  • Patterns of Social-Emotional Needs and Trajectories of Aggression and Substance Use Among Middle School Boys

    Tan, K., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M. & Choi, Y., Nov 1 2019, In : Journal of Early Adolescence. 39, 9, p. 1217-1243 27 p.

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  • Bridging the Disparity Gap in School Behavioral Health: Targeted Interventions for Patterns of Risk

    Tan, K. P. H., Teasley, M. L., Crutchfield, J. M. & Canfield, J. P., Jan 1 2018, In : Children and Schools. 40, 1, p. 3-6 4 p.

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