Research Stories

School of Social Work faculty and students lead interdisciplinary projects that  bring understanding to critical social problems, and develop and implement real solutions to address them. Below are some examples of the impact of recent research projects on communities in Texas and across the nation. See a full list of research projects here.

 

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AN ALTERNATIVE TO “ZERO TOLERANCE:” After two years of implementing Restorative Discipline, a middle school in San Antonio shows a sharp reduction in student conflicts and suspensions, and improved student performance.

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Kimery Davis-alcoholLIVING ON THE EDGE: Researchers at the Addiction Research Institute study patterns of substance use and abuse on the United States-Mexico Border.

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CSI: REALITY CHECK: Researchers at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA) uncover the complexities of investigating and responding to sexual assault crimes in an action research project with the Houston Police Department.

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Pencils by Marcin WicharySURVEYS FOR A BETTER TEXAS: Social work researchers at the Institute for Organizational Excellence survey the Texas state government to make it better and create public trust.

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A TEXAS BORDER COUNTY GETS IN SHAPE: Dr. Catherine Cubbin and her research team help Starr County transform to offer healthy choices to its residents, including fresh veggies from school gardens, a mobile farmer’s market, new safe areas to exercise, and new tobacco-free areas.

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Synthetic drugsWILL THEY TURN YOU INTO A ZOMBIE?: Dr. Jane Maxwell from the Addiction Research Institute studies the use and effects of new synthetic psychoactive drugs such as K2, and develops free training for clinicians.

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Watch a video about Dr. Maxwell’s research here.

 

HBRTCHANGING HEALTH OUTCOMES, ONE PERSON AT A TIME: Evidence-based interventions developed by the Health Behavior and Research and Training institute help Americans live healthier lives.

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SENIORS FIGHT DEPRESSION, AND LEARN TO TEXT GRANDCHILDREN: Dr. Namkee Choi’s tele-health project takes advantage of technology to bring needed mental health services to older adults.

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