School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is dedicated to achieving excellence in professional education, research that informs social work practice and social policy, and public engagement. We emphasize three themes: research-based practice, a commitment to diversity, and a focus on the reciprocal interactions between people and their ecological systems. We prepare MSW students for advanced practice in mental health, school social work, child welfare, and health. Our doctoral students assume leadership roles in social work research and education.
The faculty are highly rated teachers and publish their research regularly in major social work journals. Our Children and Family Research Center is a special partnership between the state child welfare agency and the School.
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The influence of cognitive impairment on health behaviors among older adults: The moderating role of living arrangement (2018-06-27)The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of cognitive impairment on health behaviors in older adults. This study further assessed whether this relationship differs by living arrangement. I hypothesized that ...
“We have to learn how to transition with our children”: Parenting practices that promote school readiness among low-income black families in a head start program (2018-06-21)When parents are present and play an active role in their child’s development, they are capable of protecting them from negative characteristics in their neighborhoods that may lead to poor academic and socioemotional ...
(2018-04-18)Women, especially in female-headed households in Botswana, are living in poverty, despite the country’s economic progress and decreased poverty levels. Despite the findings from national surveys indicating that poverty is ...
The tailored information sharing decision model: A qualitative study exploring how expert lobbyists influence state legislators (2018-04-17)To share information effectively with state legislative policymakers, administrators of nonprofit organizations need policy practice knowledge and skills. This study presents a theory of tailored information sharing to ...
Association between early maternal depression and child growth: A group-based trajectory modeling analysis (2018-04-17)Childhood overweight and obesity have become a primary social and public health concern. Over the past 30 years, rates of childhood overweight and obesity in the United States have increased dramatically from 6% to 32%. ...