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. Publications and government reports by Wong are in the areas of child support and welfare reform, Medicaid managed care, and coordination of social services. He currently cochairs a planning process dealing with homelessness at the City of Austin. He also serves as a board member on Texans Care for Children.
Formerly, Wong was the Assistant to the Director for Research and Planning of Oi Kwan Social Service in Hong Kong. In that capacity he was in charge of evaluation, planning, and staff development. Before that, he worked as a social worker for Yang Memorial Social Service and as a Resettlement Counselor for the International Institute in St. Louis.
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
Chair, planning committee, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition; evaluator, Texas Department of State Health Services; board member, Texans Care for Children
Assistant to the Director for Research and Planning, Oi Kwan Social Service, Hong Kong (1981-1982); social worker, Yang Memorial Social Service (1980-1981); Resettlement Counselor, International Institute, St. Louis (1980)
Author, NorthSTAR: A Successful Blended-Funding, Integrated Behavioral Health Carve-Out Model: Final Report in the Independent Assessment of NorthSTAR (report prepared for Texas Mental Health Mental Retardation Department and Texas Commission of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 2003); author, Affordable Housing Resource Guide (report prepared for City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office, 2002); Planning a Successful Family Support System for Texas: The Texas Family Support Initiative (report commissioned by the Texas Health and Human Service Commission, 2001)