School of Social Work faculty and students lead interdisciplinary projects that bring understanding to critical social problems, and develop and implement real solutions to address them. Below are some examples of the impact of recent research projects on communities in Texas and across the nation. See a full list of research projects. Download a report that compiles current projects (pdf).
SEXUAL ASSAULT IN TEXAS: A new study from IDVSA reveals that sexual assault is more pervasive in Texas now than in 2003, the time of the last statewide survey. This new survey also reflects changes in the Texas Penal code’s definition of sexual assault.
CRITICAL CARE: How many injured patients come into emergency rooms not knowing that they also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Can they be screened to address their needs sooner? Social work researchers and physicians are finding creative solutions to improve health care delivery in Central Texas.
AN ALL-AROUND APPROACH: Researchers at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health draw from the strengths of families and communities to promote mental wellbeing among children and youth across the state.
MAPPING MODERN SLAVERY: Thousands of women, men, and children in Texas are victims of modern slavery or human trafficking Researchers at the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault want to change that.
BREAKING THE CYCLE: Social work researchers at the Child & Family Research Institute study the needs of families with children with serious emotional disturbances and the resources available to them in Texas.
CSI: REALITY CHECK: Social work researchers uncover the complexities of investigating and responding to sexual assault crimes in action research project with the Houston Police Department.
A SHARED EFFORT TO RESTORE RUNDBERG: A collaboration with the Austin Police Department to use data-driven research in developing creative solutions to crime reduction and comprehensive strategies for community capacity-building in the Rundberg area of North Austin.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO “ZERO TOLERANCE:” After two years of working with the Institute on Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue to implement Restorative Discipline, a middle school in San Antonio shows a sharp reduction in student conflicts and suspensions, and improved student performance.
LIVING ON THE EDGE: Researchers at the Addiction Research Institute study patterns of substance use and abuse on the United States-Mexico Border.
SURVEYS FOR A BETTER TEXAS: Social work researchers at the Institute for Organizational Excellence survey the Texas state government to make it better and create public trust.
A TEXAS BORDER COUNTY GETS IN SHAPE: Dr. Catherine Cubbin and her research team help Starr County transform to offer healthy choices to its residents, including fresh veggies from school gardens, a mobile farmer’s market, new safe areas to exercise, and new tobacco-free areas.
WILL THEY TURN YOU INTO A ZOMBIE? Dr. Jane Maxwell from the Addiction Research Institute studies the use and effects of new synthetic psychoactive drugs such as K2, and develops free training for clinicians.
CHANGING HEALTH OUTCOMES, ONE PERSON AT A TIME: Evidence-based interventions developed by the Health Behavior and Research and Training institute help Americans live healthier lives.
SENIORS FIGHT DEPRESSION, AND LEARN TO TEXT GRANDCHILDREN: Dr. Namkee Choi’s tele-health project takes advantage of technology to bring needed mental health services to older adults.