Social policy

Researchers at the School of Social Work are seeking to improve the lives of individuals, particularly those who are marginalized and disenfranchised, through policy reform at different levels.

Wendy Haight

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Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy

Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse

Joseph Merighi

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Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

End-stage renal diseases, Medication adherence, Chronic illness, Social work practice in health care settings.

Jean Quam

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Gender & Sexuality, Higher Education, Learning Technologies, Seniors/Aging/Gerontology

Lynette Renner

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Associate Professor; Director, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Family Based Interventions, Mental & Behavioral Health, Youth Development

Mark Umbreit

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Community Engagement, Counseling, Mental Health

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare researchers

Traci LaLiberte

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Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change

Kristine Piescher

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Director of Research and Evaluation, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Child Welfare, Evaluation, Policy

Youth Work Learning Lab researcher

Deborah Moore

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Youth Work Learning Lab Director

Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development