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Who We Are

Social Work Research Center was established in 2004 to promote evidence-based research, practice, and policy in the child welfare, health/mental health, and juvenile justice domains. SWRC engages in team-based science, to innovate new directions in research and evaluation that are responsive, meaningful, family-engaged, and community-centered. Our team is comprised of interdisciplinary scholars from education, social work, anthropology, sociology, public health, and statistical sciences. We also provide opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of social work research; students at the B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. levels have been supported with internships and research assistantships at SWRC.

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Areas of Expertise

Over the past 16 years, SWRC’s research partnerships have led the way for practice shifts in Colorado and nationally. We are proud to have longstanding collaborations with community-based organizations; inter-university centers; and county, state, and federal agencies.

Asset 301 Child Maltreatment Prevention

Asset 218 Child and Youth Well-Being

Family Functioning

Asset 115 Behavioral Health Practices

Selected Current Projects

Our Mission

To create university–practice partnerships that bridge the gap between research and practice, transform the human services landscape, and strengthen families and communities. An applied research center, SWRC uplifts “research for results.” Our collaborative, agile, and equity-oriented approaches are what set us apart.

  • Asset 109 $10 Million in external funding since 2004
  • Long-standing research partnerships Applied Research in Child Welfare is a 16-year collaboration with Colorado state and county departments of human services
  • Globe Icon 30+ Articles in peer-reviewed journals and 60+ presentations at conferences around the world