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Areas of Faculty Research & Interest

The School of Social Work faculty enjoy opportunities to follow their intellectual curiosity. Their wide range of research interests allow them to conduct research in a variety of areas with colleagues throughout the university and community. To learn more about faculty, please visit their biography pages.

B

  • Gerontology
  • Health Access
  • Heath Disparities
  • Macro Practice
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Services in Schools
  • Youth Development
  • School-Family-Community Partnerships
  • Educational Policy 
  • Adolescent Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Homelessness
  • HIV/AIDS and Addiction as Intersecting Epidemics
  • Place-Based Health Disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health and Risk Behaviors
  • Housing and Community Development Policy
  • Dissociative Processes
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma

C

  • Child Welfare
  • Immigrants

D

  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child Mental Health
  • Community-based Research
  • Community-University Partnerships

E

  • Health Disparities
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Partner Violence
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work Education
  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • HIV Prevention Interventions and Adolescents
  • LGBT

G

  • Child Welfare
  • Children and Families
  • Community

J

  • Child Welfare
  • Practice Evaluation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods
  • Social Capital Impact
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Strength-based Approaches and Supporting Community/Families

K

  • Health Access and Outcomes
  • Health Disparities
  • Asian Immigrants and Refugees
  • Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health
  • Barriers to Healthcare Services
  • Coping Strategies
  • Immigrants
  • Gambling
  • Immigration and acculturation
  • Community-Based Research
  • Employment
  • Organizations
  • Poverty
  • Interventions
  • Solution Focused Practice

L

  • Child Welfare
  • Cumulative Adversity
  • Criminal Justice Responses to Violence
  • Victimization
  • Violence

M

  • Social Innovation
  • Program Evaluation
  • International Social Development
  • Non-profit Management
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Field Education
  • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Refugees and Immigrants
  • Veterans
  • Microfinance and Masculinity
  • Domestic Violence
  • Genocide
  • Political Violence
  • Trauma
  • Social Movements

N

  • Asset-building
  • Economic Inequality
  • Elderly Immigrants
  • Poverty
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Practice Evaluation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods
  • Screening Assessment and the Criminal Justice Population
  • Substance Abuse
  • Treatment and the Criminal Justice Population

P

  • Community-based Housing Organizations
  • Fair Housing Advocacy
  • Housing Patterns and Poverty
  • Spatial Issues and Social Service Access/Delivery
  • Subsidized Housing
  • Urban Neighborhoods

R

  • Child Welfare
  • Children at Risk
  • Mental Health

S

  • Child Welfare Culture
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Social Work Technology
  • Family-Centered Child Welfare Practice
  • Technology in Social Work
  • Distance Education
  • Use of Motivational Interviewing in Child Welfare
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Work with Veterans
  • Instructional Design for Distance Education
  • Social work in digital environments
  • Psychological trauma
  • Addictions
  • Implementation science
  • EMDR
  • Interventions
  • Social Work and Non-Traditional Settings

Michelle Sperlich

  • Trauma
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Interventions
  • Child Mental Health
  • Health Disparities

Christopher St. Vil

  • Gender
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Victimization
  • Violence

Noelle St. Vil

  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Gender
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Partner Violence
  • Child Welfare
  • Interventions
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorder Interventions

W

  • Bereavement Outcomes
  • End-of-Life Decision Making
  • Gerontology
  • Indigenous Populations
  • Multicultural Social Work
  • Refugees