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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Robert Hock, Ph.D., LMSW

Title: Associate Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-5861
Office: Hamilton 303
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Rob Hock

Research Expertise

  • Person-centered design in behavioral health organizations

  • Treatment of autism spectrum disorder

  • Mental health of children and families


Professor Robert Hock joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2010, where he is also faculty director for the Innovative Intervention Incubator (i3). The i3 strives to bring community members and researchers together to test innovative ideas for solving problems. Since 2015, Hock has also been a distinguished assistant professor in clinical research at the college and from 2012 to 2016, he was social work discipline director for the South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Hock was a clinical instructor at the Michigan State University School of Social Work.

Hock is currently serving as principal investigator on a South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services-funded award to study person-centered service design in behavioral health organizations. The research will focus on how to more actively engage patients in their care by developing and implementing an actionable plan to assist in achieving personal recovery goals.  

Hock’s publications focus on the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, and children and families in mental health settings. Recent journal articles have focused on topics such as the correlations between child behavior problems, family management and depressive systems for mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder, barriers and facilitators to substance use treatment in the rural south, and a parent-informed framework of treatment engagement in group-based interventions. His publications have appeared in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, The Journal of Rural Health, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Hock is currently treasurer of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Families Special Interest Group and serves on the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Membership and Professional Development. Since 2015, he has been a member of the implementation steering committee for the South Carolina Parent Training and Information Center. In addition, he has served on the executive steering committee for the South Carolina Joint Council for Children and Adolescents since 2012. On the USC campus, Hock is an advisory board member for the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise, which promotes scholarly activity and encourages students to contribute and participate through entrepreneurism.   

Hock received his Master of Social Work, with a certificate in Clinical Social Work with Families, from Michigan State University, where he also earned his Ph.D. in social work.

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