Vanessa V. Klodnick, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. (she/her). She is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent and young adult community mental health practice and policy, in particular near-age young adult peer support, supported employment enhancements and multidisciplinary service models. Klodnick is a Research Scientist with the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Klodnick partners with young people and community providers to improve quality of and access to developmentally attuned mental health care using mixed- and community-based participatory action research methods. Klodnick focuses on designing service models to promote positive outcomes among young people with serious mental health needs, in addition to those who are aging out of child welfare, pregnant and parenting, homeless, justice system-involved, and living in poverty.

Klodnick has trained 1000+ mental health professionals, consulted in 10 states, authored 30+ peer-reviewed journal manuscripts, delivered 60+ conference presentations, and authored several publicly available practice manuals. Klodnick is PI and Co-I on several translational science projects funded by NIDILRR, NIH, SAMHSA, State Mental Health Departments, and charitable foundations.

Klodnick previously served as Director of Youth & Young Adult Services Research & Innovation at Thresholds in Chicago where she successfully integrated continuous quality improvement and measurement-based care practices, as well as youth advocacy and evidence-based practice enhancements. Prior to Thresholds, Klodnick worked in child welfare as a case worker and therapist in Texas. Klodnick earned her Ph.D. at The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy & Practice, a master’s degree at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.


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Mental health services research, implementation science, research-community partnerships, peer and vocational support practice models, program evaluation, continuous quality improvement, transition to adulthood for individuals experiencing disadvantage, vulnerability and marginalization, evidence-based practice blending, youth/young adult advisory boards, workforce development.