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Office of Research and Scholarship

Message from the Associate Dean for Research

Michael Fendrich, PhD

Michael Fendrich, PhD
Associate Dean, Research

After 23 years in the Midwest, I am honored to have the opportunity to return to the East Coast to be the Associate Dean for Research at the UConn School of Social Work. Directing the Office of Research and Scholarship, I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and students to move our school’s research agenda forward. Our commitment to cultural diversity, our expertise in engaging underserved communities, and our global perspective on human rights, social justice, and public health reflect a unique combination of strengths that will facilitate research growth in the coming years. This ORS web page is a vehicle for communication about research opportunities and resources and for celebrating our research accomplishments. I will post important and timely links to research funding opportunities and resources; please check this page frequently for updates.

In the months ahead, I look forward to meeting with Social Work faculty and students and with DMHAS staff. I am committed to building a “well-oiled” research infrastructure and your input and communication in this process is essential. Working together, we will identify school-wide research needs, interests, and themes. We will build and strengthen the kind of transdisciplinary, collaborative partnerships that are vital for successful and sustained extramural funding in the UConn School of Social Work.


Michael Fendrich, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Office of Research and Scholarship


The Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for helping chart the research mission of the University and for enhancing the environment to enable the faculty to achieve that mission through externally funded research, and training and service programs.


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The Research Division of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a nationally recognized research leader among state mental health and substance abuse agencies. The members of the DMHAS Research Division staff are employees of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, with grant and contract funds from the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as the State of Connecticut.

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Phone: (959) 200-3612
Fax: (860) 244-2248

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