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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Utilization of healthcare services among older adults: The role of spousal caregiving and psychological well-being (2019-07-12)Older adults often bear the responsibility of taking care of their spouses who have physical or cognitive impairments. While previous studies have suggested various caregiving-related negative experiences are related to ...
(2019-04-19)Children who have experienced trauma, have contact with child protective services, and/or who have experienced sexual abuse could have potentially impairments in their ability to articulate clear details about any sexual ...
The association between housing insecurity and TANF participation: Investigating the role of family resources and stressors (2018-12-06)Housing insecurity is a significant issue facing U.S. households, particularly for families living in poverty. A lack of affordable housing, due, in part, from soaring housing costs and stagnating wages has led a substantial ...
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 ...