CSWR Institutes

The Center for Social Work Research (CSWR) is the umbrella for several institutes that provide expertise in research methodology and/or training related to a specific social work topic or specialization. Institutes, which are organized as projects or groups of projects headed by one or more social work faculty, provide a range of services to the research and practice communities.

Addiction Research Institute (ARI) focuses on substance abuse among under-served populations (particularly African-Americans and Mexican-Americans). The Program adopts a uniquely social work perspective, emphasizing factors at the individual, family, organizational, societal, and cultural level that influence substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.

Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI) is a partnership of researchers committed to producing quality research to guide policy and social work practice for children and families.

Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT) specializes in the development and implementation of interventions addressing behavior change using the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Intervention research has targeted HIV and safer sexual practices, prenatal health, alcohol, cocaine, smoking, STI testing, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The HBRT has a history of providing training on the TTM, MI, and evidence-based intervention and prevention approaches, with recent emphasis on teaching health care providers to use brief motivational interventions in medical settings.

Institute for Community Development: U.S. & Abroad seeks to strengthen the resilient capacity of international and local communities through culturally-tailored, sustainable community development projects designed and implemented by cross-disciplinary, inter-university and community-driven collaborations.

Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) creates opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research and share expertise through collaboration with community agencies and local, state, and national organizations. In addition, IDVSA offers training and disseminates information on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to policy makers, students and service providers in fields of social work, law, nursing, and related disciplines.

Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival is a multi-disciplinary collaboration among research and community professionals to investigate and address the needs of children, adults and families who have experienced grief and loss. The overarching goals of this initiative are to enhance and support individual and family survival.

Institute of Organizational Excellence (IOE) has 30 years of experience in providing survey research services to over a hundred state and local government agencies and institutions of higher education as well as private and nonprofit organizations. The overlying goal of the IOE is to promote excellence within organizations by encouraging research and continuing education. Our largest continuous project is the Survey of Employee Engagement (formerly the Survey of Organizational Excellence), an employee assessment instrument widely used throughout Texas governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and in many different types of organizations across the country.

Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD)
seeks to build a national mindset that embraces restorative justice principles. Its mission is to advance meaningful accountability, victim healing and community safety through the use of restorative solutions to repair the harm related to conflict, crime and victimization.

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health is a multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on improving the social, emotional, and behavioral health of Texans.  The scope of the Institute’s effort includes evidence-based practice implementation, workforce training and technical assistance, research and evaluation, policy and program development, and information dissemination.