Centers & Institutes

Social Work Research in the UAlbany School of Social Welfare

The School’s research centers and institutes investigate the most urgent human needs of the 21st century. The faculty who lead the research bring its lessons directly into their classrooms, while students find opportunities to take part in advanced research projects. The centers and institutes include:

  • Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness
    Philip McCallion and Lisa A. Ferretti, Directors
    The Center is a translational research center focused on the dissemination and evaluation of evidence-based strategies and community-clinical linkages to address the concerns of aging people, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.  The Center is home to the New York State Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality and Technical Assistance Center with 70+ system level partners and more than 800 delivery sites in public, private, faith-based, healthcare and nonprofit community-based organizations throughout NYS. More than 15,000 residents of NYS benefit from participation in programs and training delivered through this network.
  • Center for Human Services Research
    Rose Greene, Director
    The Center for Human Services Research (CHSR) has over 20 years of experience conducting evaluation research, designing information systems, and informing policy and program development for a broad spectrum of agencies that serve vulnerable populations. CHSR areas of inquiry cover a wide range of topics including education and early childhood development, family support, health behavior and services, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, substance abuse, children’s mental health, youth development and juvenile justice. Characteristic of all CHSR studies is a focus on rigorous methods, strong stakeholder involvement, and the dissemination of timely, accurate and non-partisan information to guide best practices in service delivery.
  • Center for Innovation in Mental Health Research
    Eric Hardiman, Director
    The Center for Innovation in Mental Health Research focuses on evidence-based direct practice, service delivery, and social welfare policy that support individuals who face issues from addictions and disabilities to health challenges and homelessness.
  • Institute of Gerontology
    Ronald Toseland, Director
    Through research, the Institute of Gerontology joins with community and state agencies to improve services for the most vulnerable among the aging population. Priorities range from caregivers of terminally ill patients to mental health issues.
  • National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services
    Heather Larkin and John Records, Co-Directors
    The National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services strengthens homeless services by creating partnerships, supporting leaders and sharing excellence. The Center identifies, creates and teaches state of the art, evidence-based and emerging approaches to transform the lives of all homeless children and adults.
  • National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
    Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson and Mary McCarthy, Co-Principal Investigators
    The $21.5 million National Child Welfare Workforce Institute is increasing child welfare practice effectiveness through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions, and change leadership, using data-driven capacity building, education, and professional development.
  • New York State Social Work Education Consortium
    Mary McCarthy, Director
    The New York State Social Work Education Consortium - which includes state and New York City agencies, county social services commissioners, associations, and many others - aims to improve the quality, status, and stability of the public sector child welfare workforce. The primary goal is to identify and implement programs with a forward-looking approach to training and education.
  • Center for Addictions Research
    Dr. John Yu, Director
    The Center for Addictions Research provides a platform for faculty and students to conduct academic and practice research in the field of alcohol, drug as well as other forms of addictions. The Center enhances the capacity of the School of Social Welfare for developing privately and publically funded programs that advance knowledge and improve service through partnerships among universities, government agencies, research institutions, and community providers.