Research Centers

Center for High Impact Philanthropy

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.

Center for Mental Health and Aging (CMHA)

The Center for Mental Health & Aging (CMHA) is a national leader in the Aging field shaping solutions to promote effective integrated service delivery models in partnership with health and social service agencies. CMHA conducts research, demonstration projects, and clinical training across the nation to address the health/mental health needs of older adults, family caregivers, and communities.

Center for Mental Health & Aging

Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS)

The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) is a new research and action center based in the School of Social Policy & Practice that leverages the University of Pennsylvania’s extensive resources to help support the most innovative approaches to public problem solving. The Center’s work is guided by the overarching objective of developing a deeper understanding of the distinctive strategies adopted by changemakers as they seek to innovate and generate social impact.

Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Logo of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships serves as a vital resource for policy makers, agency directors, line staff, researchers, and educators as they search for ways to reduce domestic violence. The Center focuses on protecting the rights, safety, and well-being of victims of abuse and neglect in all of its many forms. Interdisciplinary collaboration across Penn’s campus is a cornerstone of this unique Center.

Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research

Guided by the Schools of Social Policy & Practice, Law, Medicine, and Nursing, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research brings together the resources of the University of Pennsylvania to enhance and assure the well-being of abused and neglected children and those at risk of maltreatment. By moving beyond traditional approaches, the Field Center utilizes an interdisciplinary model to integrate clinical care, research and education, inform local and national policy, and prepare the nation’s future leaders, for the benefit of children and their families.

National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV)

The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV) works to promote recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness by developing and disseminating evidence-based policies, programs, and best practices. Established in 2009, the Center supports the implementation of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans. Work is integrated and organized around the core activities of policy analysis; model development and implementation; education and dissemination; and research and methodology. NCHAV’s primary academic partner is the University of Pennsylvania. Dennis Culhane, Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy, serves as the Center’s Research Director.