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Robert Hock, PhD, LMSW

Making Change Happen

Strained relationships might not be listed as a symptom of autism, but they are extremely common among parents of children with the disorder. Dr. Rob Hock hears a familiar refrain in the conversations he has with the parents of children with autism: Pursuing the best treatment takes a hefty toll on families. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Hock believes that when a family takes care of all its members, parents included, it’s best equipped to raise a child with autism.

Treatment for autism ultimately begins and ends at home. Dr. Hock’s goal is to help families cultivate the most beneficial environment for their children and themselves. His research aims to find the relationship between the family’s behavior and the child’s behavior, and he hopes to use the results to make treatments more effective.

After seeing the sacrificial lengths many parents go to, Dr. Hock fears that some parents’ hard work may be undone by the resulting instability at home. He has found, however, that families are resilient. He says that, despite the many challenges they face, most families find joy and meaning in parenting all of their children.

Research Background

Dr. Hock's research interests are informed by his clinical work with children and families in mental health settings. Specifically, Dr. Hock uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine the relationship between family adjustment (co-parenting quality, parent stress, depression) and child outcomes (adaptive behaviors, mental health, treatment responsiveness). In addition, Dr. Hock is adapting evidence-based parent interventions to be used with parents of children with autism.

Robert Hock

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Major Classes Taught
  • SOWK 718 - Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 725 - Advanced Social Work Practice with Families
  • SOWK 792 - Evaluation of Social Work Practice
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