Research

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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.

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]
  • 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]
  • Hollee McGinnis, Ph.D. [bio]
  • Sunny Shin, Ph.D. [bio]

Communities and Neighborhoods

  • Kyeongmo Kim, 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]

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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D. [bio]

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  • Maurice Gattis, 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]
  • 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.