Under the leadership of Associate Dean for Research Catherine Cubbin, this office provides social work faculty with an environment and administrative infrastructure conducive to the pursuit of interdisciplinary, scientifically rigorous social and behavioral research. The office’s mission is to foster research that advances social work practice and theory; enhances social work education and learning; and builds knowledge about the human condition, social issues, and service delivery systems.
Most projects are part of one of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s research institutes. Directed by social work faculty, these institutes provide expertise and a range of services including program evaluation and training to research and practice communities. Research conducted by the institutes often involves multidisciplinary collaboration through partnerships with researchers on campus and nationwide in the fields of medicine, criminal justice, law, government/public affairs, business, and nursing.