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Research & Centers

Changemakers Needed... Including Changemaking Researchers!

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is actively engaged in research and evaluation within and around our community and beyond. Our research Centers, Institutes and Programs merge the values and ethics of the social work profession with qualitative and quantitative research methods, along with advanced program evaluation and development of best practices. Our Office of the Associate Dean for Research provides mentoring and consultation, resources for research teams, and management of our pre-award office for grants and contracts to successfully support all research and evaluation endeavors.

Academic Year 2023 by the numbers

  • $29M

    in external awards and contracts

  • 202

    successfully submitted proposals

  • 74

    research articles published

  • Research Institutes, Centers and Programs

    Our Research Centers, Labs, Institutes, and related community research programs merge the values and ethics of social work with qualitative and quantitative research methods, along with advanced program evaluation and best practices development.

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  • Research Projects

    Current and past research and evaluation projects at the School of Social Work, funded by a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. This includes links to project summaries, researcher profiles, and projects listed by broad topic categories and by affiliated SSW center or institute.

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UMSSW faculty, staff and students are working in partnership with communities in Maryland, across the country, and around the world to solve complex social problems, and conduct research that has real-world implications. Take a look to learn about the impact our research and related projects are having.


  • Research Journals

    Did you know that the UMSSW is home to seven (7) Journal Editors in Chief! Take a look at the journals for which our faculty are providing leadership in the field.

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  • Post-Doctoral Fellows

    The School of Social Work post-doctoral fellows are a very accomplished group of scholars. They are involved in independent and mentored research projects with implications for policy, practice, and research in the intersection of criminal law and mental health, dementia care, severe and persistent mental illness, and parenting.

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Associate Dean for Research
Jodi Jacobson Frey


525 W. Redwood Street,

Baltimore, MD 21201