Areas of Research

Research areas by department and program

Community Research and Action PhD Program
  • Community and school mental health
  • Multi-party collaborations
  • Substance use and abuse
Human Development Department
  • Citizenship, rights and belonging
  • Cognitive and intellectual development
  • Education and parenting
  • Gender and development
  • Intervention and prevention
Public Administration Department
  • Civil society and development
  • Comparative public administration
  • Cultural competency
  • Genocide and mass atrocity prevention
  • Immigration services and policy
  • International development
  • Knowledge management
  • Networks
  • Non-profit government relations
  • Performance management
  • Philanthropy
  • Public affairs education and pedagogy
  • Public and nonprofit sector finance
  • Sustainable communities
Social Work Department
  • Child welfare
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Community-based provision of social services
  • Criminal justice
  • Gerontology
  • Grief and loss
  • Health policy and health care
  • International social work
  • Interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Leadership and organizations
  • Mental health 
  • Military culture/social work
  • Mixed methods approach
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Racial equity
  • School-linked services and community schools
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence and trauma
  • Social justice
  • Substance use and abuse
Student Affairs Administration Department
  • College student development
  • Equity and access
  • High-impact practices in higher education
  • International and global aspects of student affairs
  • Learning analytics in higher education
  • Under-represented populations in higher education
  • Veterans and military-connected students
  • Women in higher education
Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership
  • Globalism: ESL, TESOL, L2 learning
  • Leadership: performance, personal and professional development, formal and informal roles, interprofessional collaboration
  • Literacy: learning, teacher expectations, early literacy, interventions
  • School reform: charter schools, culture, teacher preparation, policy
  • Social justice: marginalized students, race, class, gender equity
  • Special education: reading disabilities, general education, inclusion, legal issues, complex needs across ages
  • Teaching: inquiry-based practice, trauma-informed practice, curricula, assessment, standards, STEM
  • Technology: instructional and assistive
  • Theory: sociocultural, transformational frameworks