SSWR National Research Capacity Building Initiative

In 2010, SSWR launched the National Research Capacity Building Initiative (NRCBI). NRCBI activities advocate for social work research and social work research funding at the national level, train researchers at all career levels, and develop strategies to expand infrastructure and research capacity building at schools and departments of social work.

It is critical that the social work research community maintain its presence in Washington, D.C. and we’re pleased that in 2011 Dr. Sarah Gehlert, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis assumed responsibility as SSWR Senior Fellow to provide leadership in this area. Through the NRCBI, SSWR has developed a long-term strategic solution that will ensure the profession’s ongoing research presence at the federal level. SSWR’s representatives meet frequently with federal funders from NIH, NIMH, NIA, NIAAA, NCI, NIDA, NINR, NICHD, and OBSSR, and have met with the Congressional Social Work Caucus, to promote social work research and social work research funding, and to enhance the visibility of social work research as a science-based discipline.

In collaboration with other social work organizations to support research capacity building in all levels of research programs, SSWR has been working with BPD, GADE, NADD, CSWE, and NASW to offer workshops, participate in invited panels, write letters of advocacy or support, and attend symposiums and conferences to advance social work research. In addition to the NRCBI, SSWR continues to hold a highly successful annual research conference and publish cutting edge articles in the recently established online, open access journal, the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Report from SSWR Senior Fellow Sarah Gehlert (click here)

List of NRCBI activities that have taken place over the past year.

Background on the Formation and the 1st Year of the NRCBI (click here)

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Resources

SSWR Conference Workshops and Special Sessions

SSWR Summer Institutes

Social Work Research Network (SWRnet)

Social Work NIH Grant Directory

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Social Work and Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (PDF)

Social Work Research Network (SWRnet)
Boston University School of Social Work

The Social Work Research Network (SWRnet) provides timely information about research resources for all areas of social work practice and research. Subscribers to SWRnet receive weekly email updates about funding opportunities, calls for papers, conference deadlines, and newly published research. Other resources related to social work research are available here on the website.  Please click here to subscribe to SWRnet (http://www.bu.edu/swrnet/)

Social Work NIH Grant Directory
The Social Work NIH Grant Directory provides an overview of NIH grants awarded to social work researchers between 1993 and the present time. The listing includes researchers at social work programs or those at other institutions that were identified as having a social work degree. We recognize that the information in this directory may not be as comprehensive as we would like and therefore ask that you provide us with updates on past and current grants.

The Directory was launched in 2004 by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR). When IASWR dissolved in October 2009, the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work committed to continuing to keep the Directory up to date.

We hope that you will find the information as inspiring and informative as we do. The Directory illustrates the depth of social work research and it shows the exciting and challenging road ahead. Moreover, it provides unique opportunities for junior faculty to reach out to accomplished researchers and form collaborations across universities and programs.

View the SW NIH Grant Directory website

SSWR Conference Workshops and Special Sessions

>>>> 2014 Annual Conference

Presidential Plenary:

“Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis Practices that Usually Reproduce the Results of Randomized Experiments”, Thomas Cook, PhD (Northwestern University)PDF Download
Invited Symposium II: “Science in Social Work Doctoral Education”, James Lubben, PhD (Moderator) (Boston College), Ruth E. Dunkle, PhD (University of Michigan), Andy Grogan-Kaylor, PhD (University of Michigan), John Brekke, PhD (University of Southern California), Michalle Mor Barak, PhD (University of Southern California) PDF Download
Invited Symposium III: “Invigorating the Social Work Research Pipeline: The Importance of Engaging Undergraduate Scholars”, Wynne Korr, PhD (Moderator) (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Karen Tabb, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Maria Pineros, MSW (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Heather Sears (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) PDF Download
Doctoral Student Panel and Luncheon: “Covering All the Bases: Milestones, Mentoring, and Mental Health”, Bethany Lee, PhD (University of Maryland), Tamika Gilreath, PhD (University of Southern California), Sydney Hans, PhD (University of Chicago) PDF Download
Research Methods Workshops:

RMW-1: "Theory Construction and Causal Modeling", James J. Jaccard, PhD (New York University) PDF Download

RMW-2: "Systematic Review Methods: The Science of Research Synthesis Julia H. Littell, PhD (Bryn Mawr College), Brandy R. Maynard, PhD (Saint Louis University)PDF Download

RMW-4: "Introduction to Propensity Score Analysis" Shenyang Guo, PhD, Mark W. Fraser, PhD (University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill)PDF Download

Special Sessions on Research Priorities and Capacity Building:

SSRPCB-3: "Introducing the Hartford Centers of Geriatric Social Work Excellence" Linda Harootyan (The Gerontological Society of America), Ruth E. Dunkle, PhD (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), James Lubben, DSW, MPH (Boston College), Carmen Morano, PhD (Hunter College), Karen D. Lincoln, PhD (University of Southern California), Amy Astle-Raaen (University of Washington) PDF Download

SSRPCB-5: "Publishing Rigorous Qualitative Research" Laura Abrams, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)PDF Download

SSRPCB-6: "Training for Transdisciplinarity: Critical Competencies for Emerging Social Work Scholars" Paula S. Nurius, PhD, Susan P. Kemp, PhD (University of Washington) PDF Download

SSRPCB-7: "Globalization of Doctoral Education in Social Work" Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD (Washington University in Saint Louis), James Lubben, DSW, MPH (Boston College) PDF Download

>>>> 2013 Annual Conference

Opening Plenary Session:

“Social Justice and Child Sexual Abuse: What Are the Stakes and Who Are the Stakeholders?”, Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW, DCSW (University of Michigan) PDF Download

Aaron Rosen Lecture: “Back to the Future: Using Social Work Research to Improve Social Work Practice”, Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW (University of Maryland) PDF Download
Invited Symposium III: “Neighborhood Environments Across the Life Course”, Amanda Lehning, PhD (Moderator) (University of Michigan), Michael E. Woolley, PhD (University of Maryland), Trina Shanks, PhD (University of Michigan), Tam Perry, PhD (Wayne State University) PDF Download
Doctoral Student Panel: “Job Search and Early Career Development”, Kia Bentley, PhD (Welcome) (Virginia Commonwealth University and Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work), Douglas C. Smith, PhD, LCSW (University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign), Jesse Helton, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Rosalyn Denise Campbell, PhD (University of Georgia), Lorraine Moya Salas, PhD (Unlimited Potential, Arizona State University) PDF Download
Research Methods Workshops:

RMW-1: "Theory Construction and Causal Modeling", James J. Jaccard, PhD (New York University) PDF Download

RMW-2: "Mixed Methods Research in Social Work", Wendy L. Haight, PhD (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) PDF Download

RMW-3: "Publishing Rigorous Qualitative Research: Common Pitfalls and Solutions", Laura S. Abrams, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles), Deborah K. Padgett, PhD (New York University) PDF Download

RMW-4: Using and Analyzing Large Secondary Data Sets: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the Survey of Income and Program Participation Alida Bouris, PhD (University of Chicago), Chi-Fang Wu, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) PDF Download

Special Sessions on Research Priorities and Capacity Building:

SSRPCB-1: "Research Opportunities at NIH", G. Stephane Philogene, PhD (National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research), Denise Juliano-Bult, PhD (National Institute of Mental Health), Jacqueline Lloyd, PhD (National Institute on Drug Abuse), Margaret Murray, PhD (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Carly Parry, PhD, MSW (National Cancer Institute) PDF Download

SSRPCB-3: "Working with Private Foundations: Lessons Learned from Successful Grantees", Catherine Cubbin, PhD (University of Texas at Austin), Mark Courtney, PhD (University of Chicago) PDF Download

SSRPCB-4: "Building Research Capacity in Social Work Education Programs", Ruth G. McRoy, PhD (Boston College), Joan Zlotnik, PhD (National Association of Social Workers), Jerry Flanzer, PhD (San Jose State University), Carol M. Lewis, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) PDF Download

SSRPCB-5: "Panel of Recently Funded Scholars", Michael Lindsey, PhD (University of Maryland), Leyla Ismayilova, PhD (University of Chicago), Janet Schneiderman, PhD (University of Southern California), Douglas Smith, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) PDF Download

SSRPCB-6: "Building Research Capacity in Social Work: The Role of RCTs in Program and Policy Innovation", Mark W. Fraser, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD (Washington University in Saint Louis), Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD (University of Denver), Mark F. Testa, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) PDF Download

>>>> 2012 Annual Conference

Research Methods Workshops

Multilevel and Longitudinal Analysis
Andrew Grogan-Kaylor (University of Michigan)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Secondary Data
JoAnne McFarland O’Rourke, MSW, Lynette Hoelter, PhD (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

Special Sessions on Research Priorities and Capacity Building

Publish, Not Perish: Essential Strategies for Writing Peer-Reviewed Articles
Brian Perron, PhD (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Michael G. Vaughn, PhD (Saint Louis University)

Understanding Private Foundations
Maureen Martin, Lindsey Rossow-Rood (University of Michigan)

Building Research Capacity in Social Work Education Programs
Ruth G. McRoy, PhD (Boston College), Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW (National Association of Social Workers), Jerry Flanzer, PhD (San Jose State University), Carol M. Lewis, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Panel of Recently Funded Scholars
Gary Cuddeback, MSW, MPH, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Felipe Castro, PhD (University of Texas at El Paso), Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD (Washington University in St. Louis), Craig Field, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

Foundations: A Local, Regional and National Perspective: The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Randall Ross (Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan), Michael Litz (Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers), Benjamin Kerman (The Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Presidential Plenary

Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Vulnerable Children and Youth: What We Know and Where We Are Going
Bryan Samuels, MS (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Invited Symposia

Promoting Positive Development in Children, Youth, and Families
Moderator: Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD (University of Denver)
Presenters: Richard F. Catalano, PhD (University of Washington), Neil B. Guterman, PhD (University of Chicago), Mary McKay, PhD (New York University)

Race and Ethnicity in Research and Practice: What Difference Have We Made?
Moderator: Rowena Fong, EdD (University of Texas at Austin)
Presenters: Karina Walters, PhD (University of Washington), Sean Joe, PhD, LMSW (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD (New York University)

Shaping Public Policy: Poverty and Low Income Families
Moderator: Roberta Rehner Iversen, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Presenters: Daniel R. Meyer, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Susan J. Lambert, PhD (University of Chicago), Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD (University of Texas at Austin)

>>>> 2011 Annual Conference

Research Methods Workshops

Public Secondary Data Analyses: NLSY
A Rupa Datta (National Opinion Research Center)

Integrating ATLAS.ti with Data Management Software
Jerry Floersch, Rutgers University

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Studies
Beth Angell, Lisa Townsend (Rutgers University)

Special Sessions on Research Priorities and Capacity Building

Early Career Development with K01 Mechanism (Research & Career Development Series Part I)
Susannah Allison (NIMH), Hyeouk Chris Hahm (Boston University)

Research Opportunities at NIH and CDC
G. Stephane Philogene (OBSSR), JoAnn Thierry (CDC), Margaret Murray (NIAAA), Denise Pintello (NIDA)

Mid-Career Development with R01 Mechanism (Research & Career Development Series Part II)
Seana Golder (University of Louisville), Denise Pintello (NIDA), Peggy Murray (NIAAA), Denise Juliano-Bult (NIMH)

Social Work NIH Grant Directory: A Tool to Increase Federal Research Funding
Alberto Godenzi, Scune Carrington (Boston College)

Opening Plenary Session

New Horizons of Translational Research and Research Translation in Social Work
Lawrence Palinkas (University of Southern California), David Takeuchi (University of Washington)

Aaron Rosen Lecture

It's Not About Fish and Bicycles -- We Need a Science of Social Work
John Brekke (University of Southern California)

Presidential Plenary

The Youngest Science: Social Work Research as Product and Process in a Competitive Scientific Market
King Davis (The University of Texas at Austin)

Doctoral Student Panel

Emerging Issues in the Current Job Market
Jennifer Luna-Idunate (The University of Texas at Austin), Lambert Maguire (University of Pittsburgh), Alma Trinidad (Portland State University)

Invited Symposia

So You're Interested in Doing Research with Service Members, Veterans and Military Families?
Anthony Hassan (University of Southern California), Jan Nissly (University of Southern California), LTC Anthony L. Cox (U.S. Army Medical Command), Shelley M. MacDermid (Purdue University), Joseph A. Pecko (U.S. Army Public Health Command)

Asking and Answering Spatial Questions: Incorporating Spatial Methods in Social Welfare Research
Susan Kemp (University of Washington), Amy Hillier (University of Pennsylvania)

>>>> 2010 Annual Conference

Research Methods Workshops

Special Sessions on Research Priorities and Capacity Building

Video of Special Session on Research Priorities and Capacity Building
“Preparing for Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Linking Society to Cells to Reduce Disparities and Improve Health Outcomes”
Kay Wanke (NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research), Sarah Gehlert (Washington University in St. Louis), Kate Reed (National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics). Many thanks to NIH OBSSR who provided the video taping of this workshop.

 http://gntv.info/video/sswr.html (Click here to access the video)

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