Degrees & Programs



The focus of the PhD program is creating scholars in translational research. Two phases of translational research are using knowledge from the best science to develop and test new interventions and adapting evidence-based interventions for real-world agency settings.

PhD students at the College of Social Work learn the fundamentals of:

PhD students enjoying dinner in a restaurant at SSWR

PhD students build community at SSWR

  • Theory-driven translational and intervention research
  • Qualitative research to understand the individual, family and community contexts of social problems
  • Mixed methods research to understand the agency and program contexts where interventions are implemented
  • Writing grants to fund research
  • Publishing and presenting


Doctoral faculty are studying:

  • Strengths-based integrative family and systems treatment for at-risk children and adolescents
  • Mental health disparities and inequities among diverse populations
  • Older adults and community-based long term care services
  • Integrating primary care and behavioral health services
  • Substance abuse prevention in young adults
  • Integrative body-mind spirit practices
  • Cross-cultural social work practice
  • Positive youth development
  • Trauma-informed care
  • School social work
  • Human trafficking
  • Food security
  • Latino gangs


Research Centers - The College of Social Work is home to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) and the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI).


Please contact our PhD office for more information about our innovative doctoral programming.

Dr. Mo Yee Lee, PhD Program Director 614-292-9910

Jennifer Nakayama, PhD Program Office 614-292-6188