The Ohio State University College of Social Work Logo

Gray background
Degrees & Programs


For news and updates related to the coronavirus, please visit the College of Social Work’s COVID-19 webpage.


2021 PhD graduates, advisors and director

2021 EOR: PhD Director Mo Yee Lee, Advisor Susan Yoon, PhD Graduate Fei Pei, PhD Graduate Brieanne Beaujolais, and Advisor Cecilia Mengo

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. 

  • 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:

  • Child maltreatment and child well-being
  • Children of immigrant families and social adjustment
  • Community food security and community-based research
  • Culturally competent policy, practice, and research
  • Educational disparities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Disparities
  • Human trafficking
  • Immigrant and refugee well-being and inclusion
  • Implementation research in child welfare and evidence-based practices
  • Integrated primary care and behavioral health services
  • Integrative body-mind spirit practices
  • Intimate partner violence among women and college students
  • Information and communication technologies used in social work practice
  • Intergenerational strategies on individual and community development
  • LGBTQ+populations
  • Mental health disparities and inequities among diverse populations
  • Older adults and community-based interventions and services
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • Policy research and advocacy
  • Positive youth development and youth sport
  • Poverty and anti-poverty policies and programs
  • School mental health, school social work, school-family-community partnerships
  • Social determinants of health and health equity
  • Strengths-based integrative family and systems treatment for at-risk children and adolescents
  • Substance abuse prevention, service access, and mutual-aid based interventions
  • Trauma-informed care


Research Centers – The College of Social Work is home to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD),  the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI), Center for Psychedelic Drug Research & Education (, and Age-Friendly Innovation Center (

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 (email preferred) 614-292-6188


Licensure Disclosure

The Ohio State University’s PhD in Social Work is not designed to meet educational requirements to apply for a Social Worker license.