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Assistant Professor Adrian Aguilera's current research interests focus on utilizing digital health and mobile technologies to improve health and mental healthcare of low-income and ethnic minority populations, with a focus on Latino and Spanish speaking populations. 

Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor Michael J. Austin is a leading contributor to the field of social service management. He teaches agency administration and community planning to graduate students.

Professor Julian Chow's current research interests include community practice and service delivery in urban poverty, ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods; community analysis and needs assessment; program planning and development; and cultural competency services.

Zellerbach Family Professor Jill Duerr Berrick is an expert in the fields of child poverty, welfare and foster care. She is the co-director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy.

Dean and Professor Jeffrey L. Edleson is a leading expert in domestic violence. His current research examines the impact of adult violence on children and how social systems respond to these children.

Professor of the Graduate School and Hutto Patterson Charitable Foundation Professor Emerita in Child and Family Studies Eileen Gambrill's research interests include professional ethics and education; evidence-based practice; professional decision making; social learning theory; behavioral methods; evaluation of practice; and social skills training.

Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor Neil Gilbert is the co-director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, director of the Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research and the founding director of the Family Welfare Research Group.

Assistant Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez is a population scientist who works at the nexus of the reproductive health, rights and justice frameworks. Her current research focuses on using a reproductive justice lens to examine multilevel influences on young women of color’s contraceptive decision-making.

Harry and Riva Specht Professor James Midgley is an authority in the fields of international social work and social work and social policy in the developing world. His research interests include international social work, social development and social policy.

Professor Kurt Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.

Assistant Professor Tina Sacks' research focuses on racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging Andrew Scharlach's research examines the physical and social contexts that are conducive to constructive outcomes for elderly persons. 

Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor Steven P. Segal's research interests include mental health and social policy, research methods, adult residential care, self-help mental health services, violence and mental illness.

Assistant Professor Valerie Shapiro's research is in the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of effective prevention practices; strength-based screening and assessment; and coalition-based models for community decision-making to prevent mental, emotional, and behavior problems in young people.

Professor Jennifer Skeem's research informs clinical and legal decision-making about people with emotional and behavioral problems. Specific topics include identifying factors that improve outcomes for offenders with serious mental illness, understanding psychopathic personality disorder and promoting prosocial behavior among juveniles at high risk for violence.

Assistant Professor Paul Sterzing's research focuses on the social problems of bullying involvement and polyvictimization among vulnerable adolescent populations (e.g., sexual minority youth, autism spectrum disorders, homelessness). 

Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Professor of Social Services in Public Education Susan Stone is a leading authority on social work in education and its impact on the academic progress of vulnerable youth in schools.