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VCU School of Social Work Research Vision

Building socially just communities by working together to increase knowledge that shapes innovative solutions.

Did you know?

Virginia Commonwealth University has received national recognition for community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

VCU is one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. VCU first received the classification in 2006. Institutions originally classified in 2006 or 2008 were eligible to apply for reclassification this year.

VCU is now part of an elite group of 361 colleges and universities nationwide, including six in Virginia, to earn the recognition.

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center whose charge is “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.”

Making connections

Virginia Commonwealth University’s position as a top 50 public research university means faculty are supported in their scholarship, whether they are working individually or with other faculty members. The VCU School of Social Work offers a mentorship program that encourages researchers to have a mentor within the school, elsewhere in the university and at the national level.

Research collaborations at VCU cut across departments and schools throughout the university and include partners around the world. Many of our research projects, which receive funding from federal, state, local and foundation sources, involve community-based and community-engaged activities with individuals and organizations across Richmond, the U.S. and the world.

By teaming with a wide range of collaborators and field sites, our faculty members find that they begin to think in different ways and gain new perspectives on their work.

Building the base of knowledge

The VCU School of Social Work faculty tackles research that concerns a wide range of ages and populations, studying and working with young mothers and their children, adolescents and adults. Research topics cover a broad spectrum that includes child well-being, mental health/substance abuse, neurobiology, services and treatments, and international populations.

Whether they are creating new knowledge, evaluating practice or researching policy, our faculty members ask critical questions to address the most important social issues of our time. It’s how we continue to shape the future of our field.

Faculty areas of expertise

Adolescent and Youth Development

  • Jamie Cage, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Nicole Corley, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Youngmi Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hollee McGinnis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Traci Wike, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]

Aging Services and Gerontology

  • Denise Burnette, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. [bio]

Child Welfare

  • Jamie Cage, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hollee McGinnis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]

Communities and Neighborhoods

  • Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]

Community-Based Participatory Research

  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]

Crime and Criminal Justice

  • Beth Angell, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]

Disability

  • Beth Angell, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Liz Cramer, Ph.D. [bio]

Family

  • Nicole Corley, Ph.D. [bio]

Gender

  • Karen Chartier, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Traci Wike, Ph.D. [bio]

Health

  • Karen Chartier, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Miriam Kuttikat, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]

Homelessness

  • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]

Inequality, Poverty, and Social Welfare Policy

  • Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Youngmi Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]

International Social Work & Global Issues

  • Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Denise Burnette, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Miriam Kuttikat, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hollee McGinnis, Ph.D. [bio]

Immigrants and Refugees

  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Miriam Kuttikat, Ph.D. [bio]

Maternal and Infant Health

  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]

Mental Health

  • Beth Angell, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Denise Burnette, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Humberto Fabelo, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]

Race and Ethnicity

  • Jamie Cage, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Karen Chartier, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Nicole Corley, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hyojin Im, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Hollee McGinnis, Ph.D. [bio]

Research Design and Measurement

  • Denise Burnette, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Jamie Cage, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Humberto Fabelo, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Youngmi Kim, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Traci Wike, Ph.D. [bio]

Social Work Education

  • Frank Baskind, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D. [bio]
  • M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. [bio]

Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors

  • Karen Chartier, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]

Violence against Women and Children

  • Liz Cramer, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Shelby McDonald, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Traci Wike, Ph.D. [bio]

For questions about VCU School of Social Work’s research, please contact Jaime Petrasek, director of research administration, at petrasekjl@vcu.edu.

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