Research Spotlight

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Addressing Problem Drinking Among Young Adults 

Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD
Hsiu-Ju Lin, PhD

Supported by $725,000 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant, Michael Fendrich, professor and associate dean for research, has teamed up with Crystal Park, professor of psychology, and Beth Russell, associate professor of human development and family sciences, to develop interventions to address escalating drinking patterns among young adults. (Read More)

The Role of Self-Stigma in Engagement in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment 

Associate Research Professor Hsiu-Ju Lin is working on several federally funded projects related to the opioid crisis. She is a co-investigator on a Nation Institute of Drug Abuse funded Diversity Supplement study for TCN-PATHs. (Read More)

Broadening Our Understanding of Grief

Professor Alex Gitterman recently co-authored two articles that expand understanding of grief and how social work can help people deal with it. (Read More)

Child Welfare Services/Child Development

Margaret Lloyd Sieger, PhD

Tracking Family Treatment Court Outcomes 

The US in the midst of a major opioid drug addiction epidemic. Many drug involved people wind up in the criminal justice system. When parents are both drug involved and involved in the criminal justice system, it can have devastating consequences for their young children. (Read More)

Supporting the Care of Connecticut Children and Families

In a groundbreaking collaboration, the School of Social Work last year joined with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to create the OEC-UConn Performance Partnership. (Read More)

Nathanael Okpych, PhD

Improving Outcomes for Young Adults

Assistant Professor Nate Okpych studies older youth in foster care. As program director for the longitudinal CalYOUTH Study, he evaluates California state law AB 12, which in 2012 extended the age limit for foster care from 18 to 21. (Read More)

Delivering Better Child Welfare Services

Under the leadership of Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Brenda Kurz and Dr. Patricia Carlson, the UConn School of Social Work’s Performance Improvement Center (PIC) works closely with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) and its community partner agencies to evaluate services offered to families of children at risk for further maltreatment. (Read More)

Examining the Role of Macro-Level Factors in Child Neglect

Traditional child maltreatment prevention strategies have focused on the prevention of physical and sexual abuse but have been less effective at preventing child neglect – the most common type of child maltreatment reported to Child Protective Service agencies in the US. (Read More)

Immigration, Refugees, and International Social Work

Kathryn R. Libal, Ph.D.
Kathryn R. Libal, PhD

Studying Refugee Resettlement in the United States 

The team of Kathryn Libal, associate professor and director of UConn’s Human Rights Institute, Scott Harding, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs, and S. Megan Berthold, associate professor and director of field education, is conducting qualitative research on the politics and practices of voluntarism and refugee resettlement in the United States. (Read More)

Exploring International Partnerships 

Rebecca Thomas, associate professor of policy practice and director of the Center for International Social Work Studies, coordinates a joint academic program exchange between UConn and Yerevan State University in Armenia.  (Read More)

Rupal Parekh
Rupal Parekh, PhD

Looking After Older Adult Immigrant Populations

The research interests of Rupal Parekh, assistant professor, include late-life immigration, social isolation, and how built and natural environments impact the health and well-being of older adult immigrants. (Read More)

Training Cambodian Health Care Workers 

Supported by a grant from UConn Health Research Excellence Program, S. Megan Berthold, associate professor and director of field education, and co-PIs Julie Wagner (UConn Health) and Thomas Buckley (School of Pharmacy) have partnered with Connecticut-based Khmer Health Advocates and the Cambodian Diabetes Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to address an ongoing diabetes epidemic in Cambodia. (Read More)

Community and Student Engagement and Training

Expanding Voter Participation to Improve Community Well-Being 

“Communities that vote have higher rates of education, they report higher rates of health and well being, and they also have higher earnings,” says Tanya Rhodes Smith, instructor in-residence at the School of Social Work and director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. (Read More)

Ann Marie Garran, PhD

Exploring Unconscious Racism through Film 

In a new paper entitled “Psychodynamic Analysis of Racialized Interactions: The Get Out Case Study,” Dr. Ann Marie-Garran and co-author Dr. Brian Rasmussen use the Academy Award-nominated film Get Out as a case study to explore themes related to race relations and the unconscious dynamics of racism that can impact therapeutic services. (Read More)

Cristina Wilson
Cristina Wilson, PhD

For a new book, Professor Louise Simmons is looking at coalitions of community organizations and labor groups around the country and how they tackle economic justice issues. (Read More)

Training Culturally Competent Practitioners to Work with Children with Disabilities

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, yet they have the lowest autism diagnosis rate. One reason for the discrepancy, says Cristina Wilson, associate professor in the School of Social Work and research director at the UConn Health University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, may be lack of access to culturally competent specialists who have the ability to use Spanish-language screening tools. (Read More)

Examining Community-Labor Alliances

For a new book, Professor Louise Simmons is looking at coalitions of community organizations and labor groups around the country and how they tackle economic justice issues. (Read More)

Training Culturally Competent Practitioners to Work with Children with Disabilities

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, yet they have the lowest autism diagnosis rate. One reason for the discrepancy, says Cristina Wilson, associate professor in the School of Social Work and research director at the UConn Health University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, may be lack of access to culturally competent specialists who have the ability to use Spanish-language screening tools. (Read More)

More on Current Research at the School of Social Work

Want to know more about current research activities and funding at the UConn School of Social Work? The Office of Research and Scholarship (ORS) provides regular updates below.

ORS Events – Fall 2021

Brown Bag Series

Open Office Hours with UConn IRB
Joan Levine | UConn OVPR
Wednesday, October 27th 2021 / 12:00-1:30pm / WebEx

Conducting a Scoping Review: Guidelines, Resources, and Lessons Learned
Jon Phillips| UConn SSW 
Thursday, November 18th 2021 / 12:00-1:30pm / WebEx

TBD
Rebecca Thomas | UConn SSW
Tuesday, December 7th 2021 / 12:00-1:30 / WebEx

Other Events

Webinar: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality and Improving the Use of Research Evidence
Lauren Supplee | William T. Grant Foundation
Wednesday, September 29th 2021 / 12:00-1:30 / WebEx

Webinar: Community Engagement in the Massachusetts HEALing Communities Study
Linda Sprague Martinez | Boston University School of Social Work
Wednesday, October 20th 2021/ 12:00-1:30 / WebEx

For more information, please contact Lindsay Wessell at Lindsay.Wessell@uconn.edu.

 

ORS Alert – Archive

The ORS Alert is a monthly digest that highlights recent grant awards and publications from UConn School of Social Work faculty and students. The Alert also provides information on funding, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events relevant to research and scholarship in the field of Social Work. Below are archived Alerts in chronological order.

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ORS Update – Winter 2020

The ORS Update provides an overview of current research and scholarship by UConn School of Social Work faculty (updated annually).

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Active Grant Awards

Active Grant Awards provides a list of current grants awarded to UConn School of Social Work faculty (updated quarterly).

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The Faculty Research Directory provides a list of UConn School of Social Work faculty complete with contact information, research interests, CVs, and research profiles (updated as needed).

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