Annual Conference 2014
Society for Social Work and Research..
11240 Waples Mill Road Suite 200..
Fairfax, VA 22030 USA..
Tel: (703) 352-7797
| Fax: (703) 359-7562..

..Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges
..January 15-19, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Antonio
..San Antonio, TX, USA


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About the SSWR Annual Conference

Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges
January 15-19, 2014
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

The SSWR Annual Conference offers a scientific program that reflects a broad range of research interests, from workshops on the latest quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to symposia featuring studies in child welfare, aging, mental health, welfare reform, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Read more

Questions? Please contact:
Program Director

DeeJay Garringo, 703-352-7797, ext. 218


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Conference Venue

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio is the official headquarters hotel for the SSWR 18th Annual Conference.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel: +1 210 224 1234
Fax: +1 210 271 8019


Address for Communications

Please contact SSWR at the address below for further information.

DeeJay Garringo, Program Director
Society for Social Work and Research
11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 352-7797
Fax: (703) 359-7562


Abstract Submissions

Presentation Schedules Have Been Sent!

As of Monday, September 30, 2013, presentation schedules have been emailed to all speakers/presenters. If you did not receive your presentation schedule, please contact DeeJay Garringo, Program Director, at or 703-352-7797, ext. 218. [Posted September 30, 2013]

Abstract Notifications Have Been Sent!

As of September 13, 2013, abstract notifications have been emailed to all authors/speakers. If you did not receive your abstract notification email, please contact DeeJay Garringo, Program Director, at or 703-352-7797, ext. 218. [Posted September 13, 2013]


is pleased to announce that its

Eighteenth Annual Conference
Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges

will convene at the

Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
January 15-19, 2014

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59pm, Pacific Day Time

The Conference Planning Committee of the Society for Society Work and Research (SSWR) invites submissions for presentations within all content areas of social work, social welfare services, and social policy.

The theme for the 2014 conference is “Research for Social Change: Addressing Local and Global Challenges”. The most pressing local and global problems in such areas as health, the environment, and poverty and inequality can be addressed through innovative solutions. The perspectives of social work researchers committed to social and economic justice are crucial to advancing social change. This annual conference provides the opportunity for social work researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers to strengthen the scientific knowledge base that has significant impact in advancing social work practice and shaping public policy by addressing local and global challenges. Submissions for presentations may include individual paper and poster presentations, organized paper symposia, round-table discussions, and workshops.

As illustrated in the cluster areas, submissions are encouraged across all areas of social work. These may span various forms of research. Preliminary cluster areas are: Adolescents and Youth Development, Aging Services and Gerontology, Child Welfare, Crime and Criminal Justice, Gender, Health and Disability, International Social Work and Global Issues, Mental Health, Organizations and Management, Poverty and Social Policy, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Research Design and Measurement, Research on Social Work Education, School Social Work, Sexual Orientation, Social Work Practice, Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors, and Work, Family, and Family Policy.

The conference will focus on original research that has implications for practice or policy. Research abstracts are encouraged in all substantive areas, using scientifically sound qualitative and/or quantitative methodology. The research may take place in any country and at the micro, macro, or policy level. You are invited to submit abstracts for presentations of one of three types of original research: (1) Oral paper presentation; (2) Symposium (organized by the applicant) of three or more papers on the same topic to be presented in the same session; (3) Poster presentation. Only paper and poster abstracts reporting completed findings will be reviewed. We urge that studies with “findings pending” be submitted for future review after the study is complete.

Abstracts should not be based on research previously published elsewhere. If applying for a paper or poster presentation, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less. References are not required, and if included count towards the 500 word limit. If applying for a symposium, please submit an abstract (500 words or less) for each symposium paper, along with an overall abstract (500 words or less) for the symposium session that describes the symposium theme and its importance. Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations. Symposia will be accepted or rejected in total, i.e., abstracts will not be accepted independently.

Abstracts should be submitted in a structured format and include the following: Background and Purpose: description of the problem, study objectives, research question(s) and/or hypothesis (es). Methods: study design, including a description of participants and sampling methods, data collection procedures, measures, and appropriate analytic/statistical approach. Results: specific results in summary form. Conclusions and Implications: description of the main outcome(s) of the study and implications for practice, policy, or further research. Note: Image(s) and table(s) are not permitted in any abstract.

The conference committee also invites abstract submissions for workshops and roundtable sessions. Workshop and roundtable session abstracts should include a topic that: (1) adds to the current knowledge base in social work practice, policy, theory, and research methodology, and (2) offers clear meaningful implications for social work research, policy and practice. The topic for workshop session abstracts should also offer training opportunities for methodology (study design, sampling, data collection, measurement, and analysis). If applying for a workshop or roundtable session, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less that describes the content and how it will be addressed. For workshops, describe the pedagogical techniques and for roundtables describe the topics that will be addressed elaborating on viewpoints and perspectives which may be discussed.

SSWR seeks to optimize as many people participating in the conference as possible. SSWR, therefore, limits the number of roles that participants can play in the 2014 conference. There is a limit of two (2) presenting-author abstract submissions per person. This limit applies to these presentation formats: oral papers, both individual papers and papers within an organized symposium, posters, and workshops. It does not apply to co-authorship. Participants may, however, perform additional roles such as chairing an organized symposium, leading a special interest group, serving as moderator for a session of grouped oral papers, and a panelist in a round table session. You DO NOT need to be a SSWR member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation the presenter/speaker MUST be a current 2014 member and register for the conference. This requirement is applicable to oral paper and poster presenters, symposium organizers, symposium paper presenters and symposium discussants, and workshop and roundtable speakers. Co-authors are not expected to comply with this policy. Coauthors attending the conference, however, are required to register for the conference.

Peer reviews will be used to select submissions based upon technical merit and importance of findings. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online using the SSWR online abstract management system, which will be accessible March 2013.

Questions? Please contact:
Program Director

DeeJay Garringo, 703-352-7797, ext. 218

SUBMISSION Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:59pm PDT

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!


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