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Research Centers


Many of our research centers offer incoming MSW and MPH students part-time research assistant positions.

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Center for Diabetes Translation Research at Washington University aims to eliminate disparities in Type 2 diabetes by translating evidence-based interventions to high-risk populations. The NIH-funded research center is a collaboration between the Brown School and the Medical School. It was formed to address health literacy and health communication, dissemination and implementation, health economics and health policy, and community-based participatory research and cultural competency.

Center for Latino Family Research is the only center in a U.S. school of social work that conducts research on Latino social, health, mental health, and family and community development in the U.S. and Latin America. The Center's ultimate goal is to help improve the lives of Latino families in all of the Americas.

Center for Mental Health Services Research, through its national network of collaborative research partners, works with public social service agencies to build a base of evidence to address the challenges of delivering mental health services to vulnerable populations. The center is one of only 11 centers of its kind in the country and the only one that's part of a social work school.

CENTER FOR Obesity Prevention and Policy Research develops and disseminates new knowledge to inform the creation and implementation of programs and policies designed to prevent obesity.

Center for public health systems science Launched in 2001 as the Center for Tobacco Policy Research, the new center's innovative research helps create a better understanding of how policies and organizational systems affect public health problems. The Center translates research findings to inform chronic disease prevention policy and improve public health practice, leading to healthier communities.

Center for Social Development's domestic and international research focuses on building assets of individuals and families so they can invest in life goals such as homes, education, and enterprise development and thus break the cycle of poverty. The Center's work also explores issues of civic engagement to ensure the people of all ages and economic levels actively participate in our society.

Center for Violence and Injury Prevention is a CDC-funded research center that pulls from multiple disciplines and partnerships to advance prevention science and develop evidence-based, real-world strategies for preventing child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and suicide attempts.

The Health Communication Research Laboratory is one of the leading centers in the U.S. dedicated to the research, development, and dissemination of health communication programs that enhance the health of individuals and populations.

Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies is one of the most respected centers in the nation for academic advancement and the study of American Indian issues related to social work.

Prevention Research Center in St. Louis is a joint effort between Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. The Center explores the behaviors that place Americans at risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and stroke. Center researchers are particularly concerned with the improvement of the quality of life among vulnerable populations: the young, elderly, and the uninsured.

The social System Design Lab advances the science, application, and practice of system dynamics using participatory group model building methods in human services and communities. They lead and collaborate on domestic and international funded research and technical assistance using system dynamics and group model building.



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