Research

All of our faculty members are engaged in the development, dissemination, and application of knowledge for clinical practice, service delivery and policy development. Faculty research has contemporary relevance to advance the mission of the School and the social work profession, and to local, national, and international issues. 

Currently, CUSSW or our faculty are working in the following topic areas, including but not limited to (click on the topics that interest you for further information):

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse

    • Combining medication and behavioral treatment
  • Complicated grief

    • Identifying the syndrome
    • Developing and testing a novel treatment for this condition
  • Criminal justice

    • Interventions for children and families with incarcerated parents
    • Behavioral therapy for adults and youth in forensic and criminal justice settings
    • Risk assessment and intervention in juvenile justice settings (probation)
    • Prevention and intervention research focusing on offenders
  • Disability study and practice

    • Role of disability study in social work education
    • Evidence-based strategies for handling issues of disability in the workplace
    • Quality-of-life measures for individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Disaster preparedness and response

    • Social work programs for first responders during disaster or crisis
  • Domestic violence

    • Impact on immigrant women
    • Impact on high-risk HIV/AIDS women
  • Elderly policy and clinical practice

    • The cost-effectiveness of social work practice in implementing health services for older individuals with chronic illness
    • The possibility of self-care for chronic health and mental health conditions in late life
    • Elderly caregiver support
    • Consumer-based advocacy for the financing of long-term care
    • Aging education and training
    • Elderly care service delivery by interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Family policy and practice

    • Family psychoeducation for the seriously mentally ill
    • The intersection of molecular genetics and physiology with studies of early social deprivation and harsh parenting
    • Families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
    • The concept of responsible fatherhood in low-income families, with a focus on child support and workforce development policies
  • Global affairs

    • Economic empowerment and innovative financial inclusion models for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Health threats—HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis C, substance abuse, malnutrition, mental health—affecting the quality of life for people in Central Asia and surrounding regions
    • Interventions for grandmother caregivers and co-resident young adolescents who have been orphaned by the spread of HIV/AIDS in Botswana
    • A cross-cultural comparison of HIV prevention service providers in New York City versus Madrid, Spain
    • The development of high-quality, cost-effective, scalable programs of primary education in rural India; evidence-based programs that promote the healthy growth and development of children who are victims of child maltreatment and youth who are in conflict with the law in Jordan
    • Also in Jordan, building a model for social work education
    • The unique contributions of community health workers in Brazil’s National Family Health Strategy
  • Health disparities

    • Implications of health disparities for healthcare policy and reform
    • Professional training for up-and-coming racial and ethnic minority researchers to work on improving health care delivery to deprived groups
    • Effects of social environments on health disparities
    • Access of minorities to mental health services
    • Depression and diabetes care for the Latino community in New York City
  • HIV intervention and prevention

    • Developing HIV intervention and prevention models for women, men and couples, also for drug-dependent fathers and sex workers
    • Training of HIV prevention providers in New York City
    • HIV/AIDS health threats affecting the quality of life for people in Central Asia

    See also: Global Affairs.

  • Immigration

    • Immigration and social work in the 19th-21st centuries
  • Interventions for children and youth

    • Improving treatment and medication adherence for youth with psychiatric conditions
    • Improving the cost-effectiveness of mental health interventions by identifying factors that promote the self-regulation of emotion and attention in children and adolescents
    • Evidence-based programs for promoting the healthy growth and development of children who are victims of child maltreatment and youth who are in conflict with the law in Jordan
  • Suicide prevention

    • Developing new interventions aimed at reducing suicide risk.
    • Encouraging provider and patient involvement in education, prevention and clinical research efforts.
  • Urban poverty

    • Improving the tools for measuring poverty
    • Income transfers
    • Single-parent families and the welfare state
    • Administrative justice in public welfare bureaucracies
    • Food stamps and obesity
    • Personalized care for members of the homeless population with psychiatric conditions
    • Innovative approaches to preventing AIDS, substance abuse and related social ills in low-income, urban communities
    • Cross-cultural comparisons of the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in urban areas
  • Work-family support

    • Workplace supports for parents who are caregivers to children with asthma
    • Work-family policies, measures of poverty and understanding of social mobility across countries
  • Work stress

    • Implications for the well-being and practice effectiveness of staff in public sector or not-for-profit organizations