Hannah Karpman, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Hannah Karpman headshot

Contact Information

Lilly Hall 217


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B.A., Mount Holyoke College

M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Brandeis University


Spurred on by what she observed early in her career in residential mental health services for young women, Karpman’s broad research interests include the places where the child welfare, mental health, physical health and other child-serving systems intersect. In addition, Karpman is interested in innovative approaches to increasing the resiliency of at risk children and families.

Karpman's current research focuses on the outcome of a class action lawsuit about Medicaid-funded mental health services for children. The resulting court remedy mandated a re-design of children's Medicaid-funded mental health services. Her research focuses primarily on the implementation of a state-wide behavioral health assessment for children and a wraparound process used for care coordination. Karpman helped to hone the Massachusetts version of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment, the tool used by public sector clinicians to assess children and families, and remains interested and involved in how this assessment is used in practice and research across the country.

At Smith, Karpman teaches social work policy classes and is an advocate for providing research support to community-based agencies that are implementing innovative approaches to the primary prevention of the issues impacting children and families.

Karpman received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Mount Holyoke College, her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University.

Selected Publications

Fakunmoju, S. B., Bammeke, F. O., Bosiakoh, T. A., Asante, R. K. B., Wooten, N. R., Hill, A. C., & Karpman, H. (2013). Perception and determination of child maltreatment: Exploratory comparisons across three countries. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1418-1430.

Hodgkin, D., & Karpman, H. (2010). Economic crisis and public spending on mental health care. The International Journal of Mental Health, 39(2), 91-106.


Selected Presentations

Karpman, H. & Propp, J. (2012, November). Beyond the classroom walls: An experiential learning approach to program evaluation. Juried paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Conference in Washington, D.C.

Karpman, H., Hall, G. & McDonough, D. (2012, September). Cultural considerations in the Massachusetts CANS. Juried paper presented at the CANS Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Karpman. H. & Hull, J. (2011, April). Inter-rater Reliability in the Massachusetts CANS. Juried paper presented at the National CANS Conference in Baltimore, MD.