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Research & Engagement

Areas of Expertise

UA social work researchers are national experts in a range of areas, including the following:

  • Dementia
  • Health disparities
  • School social work
  • Palliative care
  • Behavioral health
  • Technology
  • Substance abuse
  • Rural health
  • Child welfare
  • Human trafficking
  • Mental health

Many of our faculty members engage in collaborative research with students and present their research findings at state and national conferences. Our faculty researchers also are editors of major journals and routinely publish scholarly articles in national publications, bringing recognition to the School and the University. For their commitment to excellence in research, our faculty members have consistently earned prestigious national and University honors and awards.

The Office of Research strives to build a culture of research within our School through:

  • Practicing evidence-based research that addresses complex societal problems
  • Encouraging faculty and student research initiative and research collaborations
  • Interdisciplinary faculty research collaborations
  • Research partnerships within the University and our communities
  • Faculty and student research presentations at state and national conferences

Social Work Initiatives

These initiatives reflect the many ways our School, students, faculty, staff and alumni impact communities, families, children and the world. We are proud to not only shape the next generation of scholars and social workers but to recognize individuals in our School and campus community who are impacting students and our communities through their teaching, research and service.


Social Work Research Links