Faculty Areas of Research and Interest

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

Research Areas Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges for Social Work

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Initiated by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Grand Challenges for Social Work is a groundbreaking initiative to champion social progress powered by science. It’s a call to action for all of us to work together to tackle our nation’s toughest social problems.

Below are the thirteen challenges mapped to our faculty's research interests.

Ensure healthy development for all youth

Close the health gap

Build healthy relationships to end violence

Advance long and productive lives

Eradicate social isolation

End homelessness

Create social responses to a changing environment

Harness technology for social good

Promote smart decarceration

Reduce extreme economic inequality

Build financial capability and assets for all

Achieve equal opportunity and justice

Eliminate racism