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Research Mission

The research mission of the School of Social Work is to promote and protect health as a human right across the life course through critically-engaged science that amplifies traditionally marginalized voices, in partnership with individuals, families, communities, and systems.

School of Social Work Research News

Faculty Research Labs

Our faculty researchers link theory to practice in the field of social work. We are committed to a shared journey that supports and guides students within a culture of professional excellence, and we address the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Explore some of the current projects of our faculty and students.

The Alternatives for Mental Health and Healing Lab develops, delivers, and evaluates trainings on shifting paradigms and practices in mental health, collaborates on the expansion of novel peer-based programming, and investigates emerging uses of psychoactive compounds for genuine healing.

The Parent-Child Relationships and Well-Being Lab works with children and families to understand the barriers, promoters, and pathways that shape child and family health and developmental outcomes, and uses this knowledge to inform family-oriented prevention and intervention programming that meets the unique needs of families, particularly those who experience low-income or are living in high-risk environments.

Social Work Research Center

Established in 2004, the dedicated team in the Social Work Research Center works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Colorado and across the nation through community partnerships, applying research to practice in the areas of child maltreatment prevention, child well-being, and youth-at-risk.

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staff members of the social work research center standing together
social work research center director marc winokur receiving the illuminate colorado award

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