Research and Training

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Advancing Social Justice

The faculty in Pitt’s School of Social work are conducting critical, rigorous, and boundary-pushing research that is grounded in community and lived experience and seeks to challenge oppressive systems, advance just policies and practice and contribute to collective wellbeing.

Aging Initiatives and Programs

The school is committed to developing professionals and supporting agencies to serve older adults. 

Center on Race and Social Problems

CRSP conducts applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.

Center for Research on Innovations, Services and Equity in Mental Health (RISE-MH)

Center for Research on Innovations, Services and Equity in Mental Health (RISE-MH) aims to become Pittsburgh’s go-to hub for researchers aiming to move the needle on mental health services in the regionally, nationally and internationally.  

Child Welfare Education and Research Programs

The school's Child Welfare Education and Research Programs strengthen child welfare services in Pennsylvania.

Current Selected Research

The school's faculty members produce research that improves lives and benefits communities. Read about some of their work.

Grand Challenges for Social Work

The Grand Challenges for Social Work, initiated by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare (AASWSW) in 2016, and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and other schools, is a call to action for social work educators, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to work together—and across disciplines—to tackle some of our toughest social problems.

Pittsburgh Wage Study

The school's wage study provides a broad understanding of the struggles of low-wage workers and the effects of wage increases on their well-being.

Profiles in Research

Advancing knowledge for impact is core to our mission at the School. Our goal as Social Work scholars is to engage and partner with communities to conduct applied research that will address the pressing social problems of today and improve the conditions of underserved and vulnerable populations. Faculty, students, and staff have all made significant strides in advancing this goal during a time when research that is as socially impactful as our determinations is paramount. 


Find a listing of the recent publications by SSW faculty and doctoral students.