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RESEARCH

From asset-building to violence prevention, our faculty are at the forefront of research to improve people’s lives. The scope of our research expertise is encompassed in eight programmatic areas, each of which includes the efforts of numerous faculty:

Care Needs and Services for Older Adults

Research in the Program on Care Needs and Services for Older Adults focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of older adults, their families, and their caregivers by examining, developing, and evaluating care and services. Contact: Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Evidence-Building in Child Welfare

Faculty-led research in the Program on Evidence-Building in Child Welfare focuses on issues that affect children’s well-being such as poverty, abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, child protective services, and services designed to protect children and encourage family stability. Contact: Mark Testa, Ph.D.

Family Relationships and Interpersonal Violence

Researchers exploring Family Relationships and Interpersonal Violence aim to promote positive family relationships in the changing landscape and complexity of family structures. Contact: Rebecca Macy, Ph.D.

Health and Behavioral Health

From postpartum care to substance-use disorders, research conducted by faculty in the Program on Health and Behavioral Health centers on improving the understanding of psychosocial factors that affect physical, emotional, and behavioral health-related conditions, and how to address them. Contact: Sarah Verbiest, Dr.P.H., and Lisa Zerden, Ph.D.

Human Services Outcomes and Response to Human Trafficking

Research in the Program on Human Services Outcomes and Response to Human Trafficking aims to improve the effectiveness of human services to ensure optimal outcomes for children, youth, and adults. Contact: Dean Duncan, Ph.D.

Services and Interventions for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness

Researchers working in the Program on Services and Interventions for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness consider the complexity of factors that affect the health and mental health of individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses, especially those who become involved in the criminal justice system and/or who have chronic physical health problems. Contact: Gary Cuddeback, Ph.D.

Social Research Methods and Data Analytics

Faculty in the Program on Social Research Methods and Data Analytics are leading the social work profession in developing and implementing new, advanced statistical methods to harness the power of burgeoning data. Contact: Din Chen, Ph.D.

Well-Being and Service Delivery to Marginalized Populations

Through research and scholarship, faculty in the Program on Well-Being and Service Delivery to Marginalized Populations promote the well-being of vulnerable individuals, groups, and populations pushed to society’s periphery by discrimination, prejudice, bias, or systemic racism. Contact: Mimi Chapman, Ph.D.

Centers & Institutes

Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI)

The mission of GSDI is to create innovative interventions, build knowledge, produce evidence, and, in collaboration with local stakeholders, shape policy toward the well-being of marginalized populations globally. Key efforts address economic security, workforce development, financial inclusion, social protection, health, and education. Contact: Gina Chowa, Ph.D.

Jordan Institute for Families (JIF)

JIF is engaged in a variety of research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects. These projects address problems that threaten to undermine some families (such as poverty, abuse, mental illness, school failure, and substance abuse) as well as challenges that confront most families (such as providing for aging family members, or the safe care for children). Contact: Sarah Verbiest, Dr.P.H.

Research Communications

Research News

Strategic Research Bulletin