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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 impacting individuals, families, and communities.

Research during 2016-2017

GSSW faculty received 31 new external research and training grants and contracts, totaling $4.3 million during 2016-2017. Faculty investigations addressed children, youth and families, positive 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 $28.6 million in 2016-2017 through all academic departments. GSSW represented 29% percent of this total, making it the University's leading division in terms of externally supported projects.

The Butler Institute for Families at GSSW partners with more than twenty-five organizations across the United States to strengthen human service–serving systems through assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. In 2016–2017, the Butler Institute managed child welfare training, workforce development, and research and technical assistance projects totaling $7.1 million—among the highest volume of sponsored activity for any single group at the university. More information about the Butler Institute can be found here:

External funding sources

External funding for faculty research and training projects came from a variety of federal, state and foundation sources. Some of the larger funders included:

  • National Institutes of Health

  • Administration for Children and Families

  • Health Resources and Services Administration

  • Colorado Department of Human Services

  • New York Center for the Development of Human Services

  • Denver Housing Authority & Denver Preschool Program

  • Mile High United Way

Internal research funding

GSSW faculty members successfully accessed the University of Denver's internal grant system to support their scholarship in FY17. Faculty received awards from the following: Public Good Fund from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Professional Research Opportunities for Faculty, Knoebel Institute, Faculty Research Fund, and Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)equality.

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
Email: [email protected]