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PhD Program

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We have what you need to discover your extraordinary potential at Ohio State

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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


For questions about the PhD Curriculum, please contact Dr. Mo Yee Lee, PhD Program Director,

For questions about the PhD and MSW+PhD applications or general questions, please contact Jennifer Nakayama, PhD Coordinator, at or 614-292-6188.