Patricia Cook-Craig

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Leadership
Expertise: Violence prevention


Patricia Cook-Craig is an associate professor at the UNLV School of Public Policy and Leadership in the College of Urban Affairs. Her recent research has focused on the evaluation of violence prevention programming and the role that learning and professional social networks play in shaping individual and organizational outcomes.

Cook-Craig has served as the empowerment evaluator for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs since 2005 providing consultation, evaluation, and training for their violence prevention programming and the evaluator for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for the Sexual Violence Prevention Program since 2015. In addition, she has provided consultation related to violence prevention to a number of organizations and coalitions related to interpersonal and sexual violence as well as shelter-based services.

Among her recent work, she has served as the co-principal investigator on a five-year CDC-funded randomized control trial study to test the effectiveness a bystander prevention program in reducing dating and sexual violence in a statewide implementation in 26 high schools. Over the past 15 years, Cook-Craig has also examined how professional social networks and organizational learning can be used to facilitate learning among social workers, organizations, and communities of practice both in the United States and working with a binational team in Israel.




  • Ph.D. in Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington
  • B.S.W. and B.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Patricia Cook-Craig In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Dessirae Mitchell was born into an unstable home: Her parents, who constantly fought, were in and out of jail for 10 years, and the family never lived in one place for more than three months at a time.

Articles Featuring Patricia Cook-Craig

backpack and sleeping bag next to wall with "Nevada: Highest Rate of Homeless Youth in the Nation" spray painted on it
Research | October 23, 2021

Clark County is second in the nation in under-25 homelessness. Researchers at UNLV have come up with recommendations to help stem the tide.