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Research at Berkeley Social Welfare

Theoretically driven, rigorous research can inform solutions to pressing social problems. Faculty and students in social welfare conduct award-winning research on interrelated topics, such as child, family and aging services; behavioral health and prevention; social determinants of health; violence, victimization and social conflict. Berkeley Soical Welfare students learn how to study policy-relevant questions from a broad perspective that bridges multiple disciplines -- including psychology, sociology public health -- and levels of analysis.

UC Berkeley’s world-class faculty and research units can be leveraged to conduct studies that make a difference. Berkeley Social Welfare faculty lead a number of research units, including the Center for Prevention Research, Digital Health Equity Research and Risk-Resilience Research. In addition, our school houses the California Child Welfare Indicators Project, which distills data on the state’s entire child welfare system and other linked sources to conduct ongoing research and the California Social Work Education Center, which provides opportunities for workforce evaluation and research.

We invite you to learn more about the important work and cutting-edge research taking place at the School of Social Welfare to advance the understanding of complex social problems, transform the systems that perpetuate disadvantage and enhance the lives of society’s most vulnerable members. 

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