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 these research projects’ impact on our communities. See a full list of research projects here.

Starr County 4A TEXAS BORDER COUNTY GETS IN SHAPE: Social work researchers 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 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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Guatemalan Culture Camp 2013“I COULD FIGHT YOU, BUT I’M GOING TO CIRCLE IT:” The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue implements restorative discipline program in San Antonio middle school that reduces student suspensions and improves school climate.

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telehealth-wheelchairSENIORS 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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