Office of Research Administration

2016 – 2017 Research and Training Annual Report
2016-2017 was a year of unprecedented growth and accomplishment for the Mandel School on all fronts exemplifying the best efforts and far-reaching vision of our faculty, researchers, students, and alumni.

We advanced leadership in social work and nonprofit education, scholarship, and service. Read more about the work we’re doing to set exciting new milestones.






Michael Vaughn, Ph.D.Research and Training Colloquia: Anything to Fear? Recent research on Immigrants and Violence in the United States | May 11, 2018

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch served at Noon
Mandel Community Studies Center, 11402 Bellflower Road Room 108

Ongoing political debates regarding immigrants to the United States often center around fears of violence and related antisocial behaviors. This presentation will overview a series of studies using national-level data on forms of violence and related antisocial behavior committed by first and second-generation immigrants compared to US-born Americans, and offer some compelling theories why concerns about immigrants seem to be out of step with what we know from national data.

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Trina ShanksResearch and Training Colloquia: Economic Inequality and Its Implications for Youth | March 30, 2018

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch served at Noon
Mandel Community Studies Center, 11402 Bellflower Road Room 108

As a part of the Spring 2018 Research and Training Colloquia Dr. Trina R. Williams Shanks, PhD, Associate Director of the Vivian A. James L. Curtis Research Training Center and Associate Professor, School of Social Work at the University of Michigan will be presenting “Economic Inequality and its Implications for Youth”. She will give historical context and data on income inequality and wealth inequality and discuss it in the context of the Social Work Grand Challenge of “Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality.”  Then will share a theoretical framework for thinking about economic security and child outcomes and introduce the concept of child savings accounts and intervention research she has done in this area as a way to help low to moderate families with children build wealth.

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Dr. Richard Barth and Dr. Jill MessingResearch and Training Colloquia: Grand Challenge to Stop Family Violence | December 8, 2017

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch served at Noon
Mandel Community Studies Center, 11402 Bellflower Road Room 108

Child maltreatment and intimate partner violence overlap, but research and intervention on these topics are quite divergent in terms of methods, beliefs about the importance of family unification, emphasis on family-focused interventions, and assumptions about the most significant contributors to family violence. This discussion will consider these divergences and reflect on the emphasis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on “connecting the dots” between types of family violence. We will explore ways that these largely separate areas of research and intervention might better align for greater impact. Learn more and register >>


Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD & Matthew W. Epperson, PhD

Research and Training Colloquia: Promoting Smart Decarceration through Research, Practice, and Policy Partnerships | September 8, 2017

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Lunch served at Noon

“Promote Smart Decarceration” is one of the Grand Challenges for Social Work, and it entails the development, implementation, and testing of innovations to reduce incarceration rates in ways that are effective, sustainable, and socially just. In order for decarceration interventions to have real-world impact, collaborative research, practice and policy partnerships must be forged. In this colloquium, applications of such partnerships will be discussed in the context of two projects. First, presenters will discuss their current multisite study of deferred prosecution programs, with a focus on implementation and rigorous testing of an intervention with high potential for decarceration outcomes. Next, presenters will describe their work to prepare the profession of social work for decarceration leadership via the organization and integration of efforts in social work practice, policy, research, and education. The colloquium will conclude with a discussion of lessons learned and future directions in the formation of cross-sector partnerships to advance research impact.


2015-2016 Research and Training Annual Report: A Record Year for Research


Read all about the record-setting year for research in our latest Annual Report, which details the considerable, impactful, and comprehensive contributions of our highly-productive faculty and researchers.  Their findings are used by human service agencies, local and federal government, and international organizations to improve practice and service delivery and to impact public policy.


By The Numbers: Research Funding


$9,400,847: Total externally-funded research and training grants, for a second record-breaking year in a row and an increase of 152% since 2006

51%: Representation of federal funding in our research portfolio

160: New and continuing grants awarded in 2015-2016

#8: Rank of Mandel School for scholarly productivity among U.S. social work schools, using the H-index


Mandel School Research Publications and Presentations


 Associate Dean for Research and Training

Gerald Mahoney, PhD | Verna Houck Motto Professor