Degrees & Programs



The mission of the doctoral program in Social Work is to nurture the next generation of social work researchers and educators within the translational research framework with the ultimate goal of positively impacting the lives of individuals, families, communities, and society.

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 intervention and implementation research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods 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
  • Pedagogical skills to be effective social work educators
  • Grant writing skills for research funding
  • 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