Research & Scholarship at the School of Social Work
Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty, as well as our graduate students, conduct research and scholarly work to inform social policy and generate knowledge for the future of the profession. Research at the school spans a range of topics: child welfare, violence and trauma, mental health and substance misuse, political participation, and human rights at home and internationally. Utilizing state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative methods, faculty and graduate students investigate issues here in Connecticut, as well as elsewhere in the United States and abroad.
We recently welcomed to our School the Innovations Institute, an interdisciplinary, translational research center, which builds research-based, inclusive, culturally-responsive, and transformative child-, youth-and family-serving systems and services, and develops the capacity of the workforce within these systems.
In addition, the school works alongside various Connecticut state agencies including the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Office of Early Childhood to conduct research and evaluation projects to advance our community's response to some of the most pressing issues in social work today. Read more about our state partnerships.
The Office of Research and Scholarship
The UConn School of Social Work's Office of Research & Scholarship (ORS) aims to support faculty in the conduct of both basic and applied research. We also highlight recent research activity, active grant awards, and other updates on our Research News page.
The UConn School of Social Work’s Office of Research and Scholarship promotes the integration of research and scholarship with the core values of the school. ORS is committed to supporting research and scholarship that serves as an engine of growth for the State of Connecticut. We foster research and scholarship that informs policy and practice and that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Promote and expand research and scholarship activities in collaboration with School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff.
- Connect the school community with extramural support opportunities.
- Raise the UConn SSW research and scholarship profile.
- Assist members of the SSW community with the grants management process (both at submission and after awards are obtained).
- Foster engagement and collaborations between the SSW community members and other scholars, agencies, organizations, and communities.
Questions? Please contact the Office of Research & Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Areas of Expertise
Our expert faculty is committed to the generation and wide dissemination of cutting edge and impactful knowledge, informed by social justice and anti-oppressive lenses, through traditional and innovative research methodologies.
|S. Megan Berthold, PhD||Professor|
|F. Tony Bonadio, PhD||Assistant Research Professor|
|David S. Byers, MSW, Ph.D.||Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program|
|Patricia Carlson, PhD||Assistant Research Professor|
|Kelsi Carolan, PhD||Assistant Professor|
|Laura Curran, Ph.D.||Dean and Professor|
|Caitlin Elsaesser, PhD||Associate Professor|
|Kimberly Estep, MA||Director for Systems Design and Implementation Strategies and Assistant Extension Professor|
|Megan Feely, PhD||Associate Professor|
|Robert Fisher, PhD||Professor|
|Ann Marie Garran, PhD||Associate Professor|
|Alex Gitterman, EdD||Professor|
|Elizabeth Greeno, PhD||Associate Research Professor|
|Deborah Harburger, MSW||Director of Policy and Financing and Assistant Extension Professor|
|Scott Harding, PhD||Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor and Co-Director, PhD Program|
|Nina Rovinelli Heller, PhD||Professor and Dean Emerita|
|Gio Iacono, PhD||Assistant Professor|
|Joy Learman, Ph.D.||Assistant Professor in Residence|
|Regina Lester-Harriat, LMSW||Assistant Professor in Residence|
|Kathryn Libal, PhD||Associate Professor and Director, UConn Human Rights Institute|
|Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD||Associate Research Professor|
|Margaret Lloyd Sieger, PhD||Associate Professor|
|Elizabeth Manley, LSW||Senior Advisor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy and Assistant Extension Professor|
|Jennifer Manuel, Ph.D.||Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research|
|Marlene Matarese, PhD||Associate Research Professor|
|Paula Nieman, PhD||Assistant Professor in Residence and BSW Program Director|
|Nathanael Okpych, PhD||Associate Professor|
|Meg Paceley, Ph.D.||Associate Professor|
|Rupal Parekh, PhD||Assistant Professor|
|Kathryn Parr||Assistant Research Professor|
|Jon Phillips, PhD||Assistant Professor|
|Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD||Professor|
|Lesly Sanchez-Villar, LMSW||Assistant Professor in Residence|
|Sukhmani Singh, PhD||Assistant Professor|
|Tanya Rhodes Smith, MSW||Instructor in Residence and Director, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work|
|Ellen Smith, PhD||Associate Professor in Residence|
|Linda Sprague Martinez, Ph.D.||Faculty Affiliate, Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Director of the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health|
|Denise Sulzbach, JD||Director of the TA Network and Assistant Extension Professor|
|Rebecca Thomas, PhD||Professor and Director, Center for International Social Work Studies|
|Wendy Ulaszek, PhD||Associate Research Professor|
|Cristina Wilson, PhD||Professor and Interim Co-Director, PhD Program|
|Michelle Zabel, MSS||Executive Director of the Innovations Institute and Associate Extension Professor|