Dean Linda Burton's research focuses on child welfare & poverty: intergenerational family structures, processes, & role transitions; context & place in the daily lives of families; & childhood adultification & the accelerated life course.
Assistant professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez is director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity program (SHARE). A health equity researcher, her work focuses on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course.
Professor of the Graduate School 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.
Associate Professor Adrian Aguilera’s research uses digital & mobile technologies to improve health & mental healthcare of low-income & ethnic minority populations, with a focus on Latino & Spanish-speaking populations.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In 2016, over 6.6 million adults were under correctional supervision, and an additional 975,000 youths under 18 had cases pass through the juvenile court system. The impacts of justice system involvement are disproportionately felt by low-income families and communities of color. The economic and human costs of this crisis have led the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to identify smart decarceration as one of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Berkeley Social Welfare faculty members Erin Kerrison and Jennifer Skeem examine the impact of the criminal justice system on vulnerable populations.
Associate Professor Paul Sterzing’s research focuses on polyvictimization, bullying victimization, and the links between familial and extrafamilial forms of victimization among sexual and gender minority youth and other vulnerable adolescent populations.
Professor Kurt Organista studies psychosocial problems within Chicanx and Latinx communities, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinx, and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinx.