- We believe our research activities enable professional social workers to better prevent
and treat individual, family, and community problems.
- We believe research and evaluation provide necessary information and guidance to improve
the effectiveness of human service organizations.
- We believe through our research we can discover better ways to improve the lives of
people and allow them to reach their highest potential in life.
As part of its mission, the members of the School of Social Work community engage
in numerous research activities to develop, test, and disseminate innovative solutions
to human services problems. These efforts serve to add to the knowledge base for social
services, social work practice, and social work education and serve as a resource
for students, faculty, and the practice community.
Examples of current research projects at the School include the following:
- Catherine M. Lemieux and the School of Social Work was awarded $854,156 grant in 2015
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- The College's Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD) received a
three-year $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Minority Health for the Youth Empowerment Program II (YEP) proposal, which
aims to promote family engagement and prevent violence in at-risk minority youth.
The program, designated as YEP Village, strengthens work currently underway by OSSRD
in the Baton Rouge community.
- Scott E. Wilks, associate professor, was awarded a three-year $1.5 million grant from
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration
to help meet the surging behavioral health care needs among at-risk youth in Louisiana.
- In 2009, Lilly Allen, Ph.D. was awarded a Specialized Gerontology Program grant to
create a specialization or concentration in gerontological social work. The program
is part of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative.
- The Office of Social Service Research and Development monitors and evaluates Truancy
Assessment and Service Center (TASC) programs throughout the state. TASC sites operate
in 25 parishes and work to prevent truancy in kindergarten through fifth grade. Faculty
and staff work with local coordinating agencies to address individual needs of children
- Establishing the Louisiana Poverty Initiative for research on the causes and outcomes
of poverty with a goal of expanding our knowledge base through academic research and
through best professional practices. The Poverty Initiative will focus on academic
research and individual and community actions to create pathways out of poverty for
children and families.
- Improving Louisiana’s child welfare professionals through the Louisiana Child Welfare
Comprehensive Workforce Project. The project is a partnership of the LSU School of
Social Work, the State of Louisiana Department of Social Services Office of Community
Services, and the Louisiana University Child Welfare Training Partnership with funding
from the Children’s Bureau. The purpose of this project is to improve safety, permanency,
and well-being outcomes for children and youth by building the capacity of Louisiana’s
child welfare professionals and by improving the systems to recruit, train, supervise,
manage, and retain them.