The faculty of the Sandra Rosenbaum 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, working in the fields of social work, human development, psychology, public affairs, sociology, and economics and have a long history of excellence in research.

Faculty conduct research on a range of social problems including child development and well-being; aging, health, mental health, developmental disabilities, and end-of-life care; policy and programs to support families; prevention of child maltreatment, gender-based and intimate partner violence, and human trafficking; and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health, mental health, and well-being. These areas of inquiry are investigated across different phases of the life course and different social contexts.

Funded Projects

In 2022, social work faculty had active grants totaling over $42 million.

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Service to Communities

Faculty contribute to dozens of initiatives that help communities across Wisconsin, the United States, and the world. Many of them help fulfill the Wisconsin Idea.

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Faculty conduct their research across a range of world-renowned interdisciplinary research institutes and centers on campus.