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AREAS OF RESEARCH

Mass Incarceration, Homelessness, Substance Use

SP2 Initiatives and Faculty focus applied research, psychosocial services, and person-centered approach to better understand how to recover and provide service to vulnerable populations.

Featured Centers

Center for Carceral Communities

Goldring Reentry Initiative

FEATURED FACULTY

Dennis P. Culhane, PhD

Professor; PhD, Boston College, 1990. Homelessness; housing policy; policy analysis research methods.

Dr. Malitta Engstrom

FEATURED FACULTY

Malitta Engstrom, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia University. Substance use and intersections with criminal justice system involvement, victimization, HIV, and mental health, particularly in relation to women across the life course and families; informing, developing, and testing interventions to address co-occurring concerns; enhancing the value of scientific findings for use in practice; multigenerational social work practice with families.

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Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Trust and Communication are Key

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MSSP Alumna Named President of The Commonwealth Institute

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MSW Program Director Awarded SAMHSA Grant for Substance Use Training

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