Patrick Mulkern


Lecturer Patrick Mulkern has worked as a School Social Worker in San Francisco Unified School District since graduating with an MSW and PPSC from UC Berkeley in 2016. He currently coordinates the Wellness Center at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, where he implements individual, group, and school-wide interventions while collaborating with students and families to create a more equitable educational environment. He has a passion for supporting students both in the K-12 and university environments and learns so much from his work supervising, training, and mentoring graduate student interns. In addition to school social work, Patrick's interests include working with LGBTQ+ youth, healing-centered and anti-oppressive social work, and narrative practices. Patrick also serves as the Vice President of the California Association of School Social Workers and is a board member of the Randy Fisher Legacy Endowment of the School Social Work Association of America.

Courses Taught:
Social Work Practice in School Settings (SW250T)
Social Work and Education Policy (SW232)
Human Sexuality (SW250L)
Psychosocial Problems and Psychopathology (SW205)


Mulkern, P, Reide Combs, C., Cordova-Rodriquez, J., & Stone, S. (2021). Working in a School Setting: What You Need to Know from Day One. In T. Cox, T. Fitzgerald, & M. Alvarez, M. (Eds.) New School Social Worker: The Art of Being Indispensable (manuscript submitted for publication). University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Mulkern, P. (2020, March 9). Supporting Queer Youth Using a Multi-Tiered Approach. School Social Work Association of America.

Mulkern, P., Porter, C., & McInerney, A. (2017). School Social Workers Role in Supporting McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act. London, KY: School Social Work Association of America.

Alvarez, M., Koochel, C., Lucio, R., McCoy, C., Mulkern, P., Ochocki, S., Rivers-Cannon, T., Robles Sinkule, M., Santiago, M., and Villarreal Sosa, L. (2020). School Social Work Association of America School Reopening Priorities and Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. London, KY: School Social Work Association of America.