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Research & Initiatives Overview

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:
  • Scott E. Wilks, Ph.D. was chosen as a recipient of the 2008 Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program, a venture funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and administered by The Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Wilks is the first faculty member from Louisiana State University to be selected, as well as the first from the state of 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 and families.
  • 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.