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Colton (Tanner) Kilpatrick

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Family Science

Dr. Kilpatrick is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interest are focused on how criminal justice contact may impact individual health and couple relationships.


SPH 1142EE

(301) 405-3500


Areas of Interest

Criminal Justice Contact; Individual Health; Couple Relationships

As the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kilpatrick manages all recruitment activities and organizes all admission processes with the Graduate Committee, Chair, CFT Director, and other faculty. He assists graduate students with registration, Progress to Degree, course plans, and graduation clearances for CFT students. He also serves on the DGS/CGS campus committee and the School of Public Health VPAC committee.

PhD, Child and Family Studies, 2021, University of Tennessee

MS, Child and Family Studies, 2018, University of Tennessee

MEd, Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communication, Texas A&M University

BS, Animal Science, Texas A&M University

FMSC 170 Modern Families

FMSC 330 Family Theories and Patterns

Extraordinary Professional Promise, University of Tennessee, 2018

Superior Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 2016


Kilpatrick, T., Johnson, E. I., Bohon, S. A., Bolland, A. C., & Bolland, J. M. (2021). Racial discrimination as a mediator between criminal justice contact and depressive symptoms among African American women: Analysis of the MYPS Survey. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 60(4), 215-231.

Johnson, E. I., Kilpatrick, T., Bolland, A. C., & Bolland, J. M. (2020). Positive youth development in the context of household member contact with the criminal justice system. Child and Youth Services Review, 114, 1-11.

Johnson, E. I., Kilpatrick, T., Bolland, A. C., & Bolland, J. M. (2019). Household member arrest and adolescent substance use: The mediating roles of parenting and youth psychological distress. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 46(8), 1088-1105.

Elledge, L. C., Smith, D. E., Kilpatrick, C. T., McClain, C. M., & Moore, T. M. (2019). The associations between bullying victimization and internalizing distress, suicidality, and substance use in Jamaican adolescents: The moderating role of parental involvement. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(7) 2202-2220.

Smith, D. E., & Kilpatrick, C. T. (2017). School bullying in the Jamaican context through an ecological lens. Global Studies of Childhood, 1-13.