Katherine Marçal

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Expertise: Homelessness, Child Welfare, Child Mental Health, Foster Care Systems, Human Development, Social Policy, Social Services


Katherine Marçal’s research focuses on human development, social policy, and research methods in regards to social work. She uses systems science methods to investigate mental health, development, and service utilization among families with children experiencing homelessness.

Her expertise includes child welfare, child mental health, and social service delivery. 

Katherine’s work has been featured in numerous academic publications, including the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Social Services Review, Journal of Social Service Research, and the American Journal of Community Psychology.


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.W,, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A., Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Katherine Marçal In The News

Money Geek
December 1, 2020
Our low-income rental market and homeless services systems are really strapped right now. We already had a shortage of affordable housing for low-income Americans, and that has only gotten worse as the market tightens. The eviction moratorium and mortgage forbearance included in the CARES Act have delayed some displacement, but we still see increased demand for lower-cost rental units and extremely high levels of demand for homelessness prevention and homeless services. We will need robust, long-term investment in the low-income housing market to support renters at risk for homelessness and landlords at risk for foreclosure.

Articles Featuring Katherine Marçal

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People | February 24, 2020

Las Vegas was a surprise home for Katherine Marcal. Now she’s working to ensure individuals experiencing homelessness have a pathway to a new life.