The School of Social Welfare (SSW) has received a 5-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to establish a center for research on Child Welfare, Drug Abuse and Intergenerational Risk (CWDAIR). The CWDAIR Center is under the leadership of Dr. Philip McCallion and Co-directors Carolyn Smith and Barry Loneck.

Conceptual Framework

CWDAIR utilizes the Unified Theory of Behavior (UTB) developed by Dr. James Jaccard. This theory integrates several evidence-based theories and can be applied to individuals in organizational roles, as well as in stressed families. According to UTB, an individual’s behavior is influenced by several key factors, including habit, knowledge and skills, environmental constraints, salience to the person, and intention. Intention to act in a particular way is also affected by a number of factors that include attitude, self-concept, self-efficacy, normative influences, and expectations.

Because the problems of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS within child welfare occur within a larger systemic context, UTB has been extended by co-director Dr. Carolyn Smith and Dr. Jaccard to acknowledge these critical influences. All research projects supported by CWDAIR utilize some aspect of this conceptual framework.

Organizational Structure

The CWDAIR Research Center has the following organizational elements:

Infrastructure Suppports

In order to promote its goals, CWDAIR has established the following program elements:

Pilot Projects

In the first year, the CWDAIR program is supporting two pilot projects: