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Kalen Flynn, MSW, MSSP, PhD

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2012-2013

Advisor: Dr. Roberta Iversen

Research Interests

Structural violence

Interpersonal violence



Young adults

Urban spaces

Kalen Flynn is a fifth-year student in SP2’s PhD program in Social Welfare. Her research examines the impact of structural and interpersonal violence on the lives of adolescents and their communities. She is currently working on a project examining school violence within the Philadelphia context. Her dissertation work investigates the influence of environments and social determinants of health on adolescents by examining the traces that violence, poverty, and neighborhood environments leave on the body – physically through examining stress and heart rate, as well as mentally and emotionally through ethnographic exploration of their relationships and neighborhoods. Prior to entering the PhD program, Kalen worked as a researcher at the American Institutes for Research in the Human and Social Development Program. In this role, she served as Deputy Director for the Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance Center and worked with federal, state, and local juvenile justice leaders. Kalen received her Master of Science in Social Policy and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Joseph’s University.


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