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RESEARCH

Building on the existing, robust bodies of research in each of the Grand Challenge areas is a critical

component of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Scholars from across the country have engaged

in myriad research efforts and have published their findings in journals too numerous to list here.

Some research highlights:

• From the Grand Challenge to Advance Long and

Productive Lives, network co-lead Ernest Gonzales,

PhD, is conducting a study of best practices for

intergenerational programs. He was also invited to

present his work to help shape a research agenda

on work, aging, and health at the National Academies

of Sciences funded by the National Institute on

Aging. Nancy Morrow-Howell, PhD, network co-lead,

is leading a research project to assess the effects of

tutoring on older adults' wellbeing.

• Related to the Grand Challenge to Create Social

Responses to a Changing Environment, two studies

provided insights and practical recommendations for

the local communities of Flint, MI, (Amy Krings, PhD,

Dana Kornberg, PhD(c), and Shawna Lee, PhD) and

North St. Louis, MO (Joonmo Kang, PhD, Vanessa

D. Fabbre, PhD, and Christine C. Ekenga, PhD, MPH).

Also, Praveen Kumar, PhD, Assistant Professor at

Boston College, is conducting intervention research

on the use of solar lamps to improve study time for

children, reduce air pollution, and provide access to

electricity in rural India.

• Special issues have been developed on many of

the Grand Challenge topics including social

isolation, productive aging, smart decarceration,

and mainstreaming gender.

• Rocío Calvo, PhD, co-lead of the Grand Challenge to

Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice, received a

grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to conduct

a study on how older Latinx immigrants navigate

community resources. The findings and implications

of the study, "How Social Protection Policies and

Institutions Contribute to Older Immigrants'

Wellbeing and Sense of Belonging in America" will be

especially critical in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• University of Washington (UW) School of Social

Work Associate Professor Megan Moore, PhD, and

a university team received more than $1M from the

National Institute of Justice to study intimate partner

violence among youth.

• The University of Maryland and the University

of Washington have created competitive research

awards for PhD students. One recipient of the

University of Maryland award went on to receive the

2021 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding

Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award.

• End Homelessness network co-lead Benjamin F.

Henwood, PhD, and his colleagues at the University

of Southern California have been awarded a large

scale Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

(PCORI) grant on homelessness and COVID.

• Research from the Grand Challenge to Ensure

Healthy Development for Youth and the Social

Development Research Group at the University

of Washington School of Social Work evaluated

elementary-school interventions that helped children

form healthy attachments to family and school,

which lead to positive relationships and responsible

decision-making in adulthood.

• The study "Family Centered Treatment, Juvenile

Justice, and the Grand Challenge of Smart

Decarceration" by a team at the University of

Maryland School of Social Work, found that Family

Centered Treatment shows more favorable adult

criminal justice outcomes than group care, making

it a potentially effective community-based service to

support smart decarceration for court-involved youth.

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