UNC School of Social Work’s research is well represented year after year at the prestigious Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference. But this year’s historic acceptance of nearly 60 presentations further illustrates the groundbreaking scholarship that UNC social work faculty and students are producing to advance economic, health, and racial equity.
“The school’s high abstract acceptance rate is reflective of how well regarded our researchers are, and it speaks to the high level of research productivity,” noted Dean Ramona Denby-Brinson. “More than ever, the research that is done by our community of scholars is needed as the profession helps society grapple with the most complex problems of our times, not the least of which is mitigating the psychosocial, emotional, and economic impact of COVID and other equally vexing pandemics.”
Founded in 1993, SSWR supports social workers, social welfare professionals, social work students, social work faculty and researchers and was formed, in part, to accelerate the contribution of social work to the evidence base for practice and to raise awareness about the impact of public policies.
The SSWR annual conference offers a scientific program featuring the research of social work scholars from across the country. The program reflects a broad range of interests, from workshops on the latest quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to symposia featuring studies in child welfare, aging, mental health, welfare reform, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
For this year’s 26th annual conference, which will be hosted in Washington, D.C,. Jan. 12-16, scholars were asked to submit presentations with a focus on, “Social Work Science for Racial, Social and Political Justice.”
Because some faculty have chosen not to attend this year’s conference due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic, Dean Denby-Brinson recently announced that School administrators and research faculty are exploring ideas that would allow SSWR presentations to be viewed or heard sometime later this spring.