Wong, Pat | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
  • M.A. in Social Work, Washington University, 1982
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Rochester, 1978
Research Areas
  • Welfare reform
  • Family and child welfare
  • Healthcare
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Economics
  • Social Policy

Pat Wong holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His primary areas of interest are social policy, family and child welfare, poverty issues, housing and community development. His publications and government reports are in the areas of child support and welfare reform, Medicaid managed care and coordination of social services. He currently co-chairs a planning process dealing with homelessness at the city of Austin. He also serves as a board member on Texans Care for Children. Wong is the former assistant to the director for research and planning of Oi Kwan Social Service in Hong Kong, where he was in charge of evaluation, planning and staff development. Before that, he served as a social worker for Yang Memorial Social Service and as a resettlement counselor for the International Institute in St. Louis.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Children
  • Welfare
  • Community Development
  • Health Care
  • Social Policy


NewsJune 9, 2020
LBJ faculty lauded for achievements during 2019–20 academic year

While this past academic year saw some remarkable changes in the academic process, the continued excellence of LBJ School faculty remained constant. Here is a collection of the recognition that LBJ faculty garnered in 2019–20.

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FeatureFebruary 18, 2019
A Q&A with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Pat Wong
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FeatureFebruary 18, 2019
A Q&A with CHASP Faculty Fellow Dr. Pat Wong

First-year MPAff student Guillermo Dominguez Garcia sat down with Dr. Pat Wong, an associate professor of public affairs and CHASP faculty fellow to talk about his background in welfare and poverty, and his advice for policy students. Dominguez Garcia is a 2018–19 CHASP ambassador.

Guillermo Dominguez Garcia: What led you to the study of poverty and welfare?

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