Our faculty are nationally recognized for its outstanding research and training contributions to social work practice and policy. Leaders in the field of social work, our faculty create knowledge for the future of the profession. Our faculty and graduate students are leaders in research among diverse communities on pressing social issues such as child welfare, youth development, disability, aging, family violence and restorative justice to name just a few. Their research is highly interdisciplinary, representing the fields of economics, human development, psychology, public affairs, sociology, and social work. These projects address problems that threaten to undermine some families, including poverty, abuse, mental illness, school failure, and substance abuse as well as those that provide for aging family members, or the safe care for children.