Areas of Research

The faculty of the School of Social Work are committed to rigorous research aimed at advancing knowledge about social work, social welfare, and intervention strategies. The faculty is highly interdisciplinary, representing the disciplines of economics, human development, psychology, public affairs, sociology, and social work. The faculty has a long history in excellence in research, ranked fourth in research productivity among Schools of Social Work by the Princeton Review’s Grouman Report.


Faculty conduct research on a wide range of social problems including child welfare and child well-being, developmental disabilities, end-of-life care, homelessness, low income workers, mental health, poverty and welfare reform. These areas of inquiry are investigated across different phases of the life course and different social contexts. Faculty conduct their research within world renowned interdisciplinary research institutes and centers on campus, including the Waisman Center, The Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Demography of Health and Aging, and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The faculty’s affiliation with these centers and institutes provides graduate students with the rare opportunity to become fully integrated and engaged in a highly active and productive interdisciplinary research community.


We list below links to some of the major ongoing research studies in these social problem areas. You can also learn more about these projects by going to the lead investigator's home page.

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