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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Research, Training & Technical Assistance Projects

Faculty members in the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) conduct research in diverse substantive areas affecting individuals, families, and communities. 

Research during 2013-2014

GSSW faculty received 29 external research and training grants and contracts, totaling approximately $3.7 million dollars during 2013-2014. Faculty investigations addressed children, youth and families, youth development and adolescent behavior, gerontology, health and mental health, the human-animal connection, neighborhoods and communities, international development, education, and multicultural studies.

Sponsored projects at the University of Denver totaled some $22.1 million dollars in 2013-2014, all through its academic departments. GSSW represented almost 19 percent of this total, making the school one of the University's leading divisions in terms of externally supported projects.

In 2013-2014, GSSW's Butler Institute for Families managed child welfare training, research and technical assistance projects totaling approximately $3.4 million—among the highest volume of sponsored activity for any single group at the University. Faculty projects in the areas of domestic violence, youth development and adolescent behavior, mental health, community practice, education, international development, and gerontology accounted for the remaining external funding in the past year.

External funding sources

External funding for faculty research and training projects came from a variety of federal and state sources in 2013-2014. Among the largest contributors were:

  • the National Institute of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
  • U.S. Department of Human Services Children's Bureau
  • Gerontological Society of America (John A. Hartford Faculty Scholars Fellowship)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
  • United Nations Center for Regional Development.

Internal research funding

GSSW faculty members successfully accessed the University of Denver's internal grant system to support their scholarship in 2013-2014. Projects were awarded to faculty by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Internationalization, and Faculty Senate (Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty) in the past year.

Heather Taussig, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver
2148 South High Street
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2937