Research News


Tan Awarded Multiple Grants to Advance Social Emotional Learning and Equity

November 20, 2020

Professor Kevin Tan has secured two competitive Healing Illinois grants from the Illinois Department of Human Services. These grants help promote dialogue, collaboration, and facilitate learning around understanding and empathy, given the current mobilization for racial justice. Both focus on social and emotional learning + equity work with young people, families, and schools. The grants ... Read more

Harnessing Technology for Social Good Lecture Series 2020-2021

November 13, 2020

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work is holding its 2nd year-long lecture series designed to meet the profession’s grand challenge of harnessing technology for social good. The American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare spearheaded the Grand Challenges of Social Work, representing 12 challenges focused on improving individual and family well-being, ... Read more


DPI Helps Fund Project for the Development of the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois

October 19, 2020

School of Social Work professor Rosalba Hernandez is the co-investigator on a newly funded project by the Discovery Partners Institute for the development of the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois. KIWII will bring together local and international leaders in research, medicine, industry, and patient-advocacy to address chronic kidney disease, which affects approximately 15 percent of ... Read more

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New Grant from SAMHSA to Refine and Promote Substance Use Curriculum

October 7, 2020

School of Social Work Professor and Center for Prevention Research and Development Director, Doug Smith, was recently awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $199,993 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to refine and promote the substance use curriculum at the MSW-level. This award is part of SAMHSA’s national Practitioner Education ... Read more


Hyunil Kim Named Recipient of Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

October 7, 2020

Hyunil Kim recently received the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This grant is to support new investigators in conducting research related to preventing interpersonal violence impacting children and youth. Dr. Kim is awarded a two-year grant in the amount of ... Read more


Garthe Awarded Grant to Study Impact of Stalking and Cyberstalking

October 7, 2020

This project will examine the prevalence of these forms of violence and examine how they coalesce with other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Additionally, this project will examine how stalking and cyberstalking behaviors and experiences are associated with substance use, mental health, college adjustment, and help-seeking behaviors.   This project ... Read more

Tabb Awarded PCORI Funding for Perinatal Depression Research Related to COVID-19

August 5, 2020

University of Illinois School of Social Work’s Professor Karen Tabb has been awarded $150,000 funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Awards Team for her project,  “Engaging Stakeholders in Perinatal Depression Research in the Context of COVID-19.” Project abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has created several barriers to accessing perinatal depression treatment, ... Read more

Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Lightning Talk Webinar

June 16, 2020

Check out her 5-minute talk on Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue. Interested in learning more about how Illinois is battling the impact of COVID in our communities? Contact Nathan Goebel in the SSW Office of Advancement for access to more Lightning Talks from HSRI units on campus. Watch here ... Read more

Study Examines Impact of High School Teacher and Student Views of Freshmen’s Social, Emotional Needs

June 9, 2020

When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found. Students whose teachers rated them lower on several social skills – including communication, cooperation, self-control, empathy and engagement – than the students rated themselves averaged ... Read more