Dr. Herrenkohl’s work focuses on the study and promotion of positive youth development and the amelioration of risk factors related to interpersonal violence. His funded projects and publications examine various health-risk behaviors in children exposed to violence, resilience and protective factors that buffer against early risk exposure in children, and methods and approaches to promoting wellness by investing in the whole child.
Dr. Herrenkohl is currently serving as the interim associate dean for research for the School's Office of Research.
He is also the co-director of The 3DL Partnership, a newly established center focused on innovations in three-dimensional learning. The mission of the center is to raise the profile and practice of social, emotional and intellectual learning to better prepare young people for success in school, work and life.
Goals of the center include building and strengthening theory, methods and applied efforts that advance integrated models of three-dimensional learning for children and youth pre-K thru 12. As a joint initiative between the UW School of Social Work and the College of Education, the center partners with schools and community organizations to enhance learning opportunities for underserved children and youth. Center efforts help build capacity for interdisciplinary research and practice through deep, sustained and mutually beneficial community collaborations, professional development, and information sharing at the local and national levels.