PHD

Students in our PhD program interact with a world-class faculty and staff. Students are afforded the opportunity to conceptualize, conduct, and critically assess cutting-edge research in a variety of areas including clinical social work, child welfare, gerontology, suicide, mental and behavioral health, military, and medical social work, among others. Graduates from our PhD program are uniquely poised to enter a competitive job market, in both academic and non-academic settings.

The UK Difference

Expansive Research Expertise

CoSW faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their research. Currently, CoSW has formal research partnerships with a host of academic institutions around the world.

Centers and Labs

CoSW is home to several unique research centers and labs, including the Training Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Research Center on Children and Families, Kentucky Kinship Resource Center, Self-Care Lab, Suicide Prevention and Exposure Lab, and Military Behavior Health Lab. PhD students can leverage these entities for unique learning and research opportunities.

Funding Support

CoSW is committed to funding our PhD students. Funded positions for PhD are comprised of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), Fellowships, and Scholarships. Funding availability varies from year to year and fully funded positions are contingent upon available monies.

Flexible Program Options

Students in our PhD program can select from flexible full and part-time degree options. The core curricula and elective formats allow students to craft unique learning and research experiences.

Post-Completion Support and Mentorship

Upon degree completion, students are connected with a mentor and participate in a number of career prep and development activities during the last year of their program.

Research & Teaching Practicums

PhD students enroll in two practicum courses during their program. These classes provide mentored research and teaching opportunities and often result in publications and/ or presentation experiences for students.

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PhD students who receive funding support

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Unique centers and labs

53

PhD student presentations/publications for 2019

Student Spotlights


MSW Student Earns Degree from Spain

MSW Student Earns Degree from S...

Earning your Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is obtainable regardless of
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Irina Osmolovska

Irina Osmolovska

With students ranging from Kentucky to New York, Texas to Wisconsin, earning your Master in Social Work (MSW) degree at the College of Social Work
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Doctoral Candidate Receives ISTSS Student Registration Award

Doctoral Candidate Receives IST...

Theresia Pachner, a doctoral candidate at the College of Social Work, has received a Student Registration Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
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Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Undergraduate student Shauna Kitts was recently announced as one of the 31 new 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows. Kitts, a first-generation student in the College of
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Events


January 26, 2021, 9:00 am
Understanding Dementia: Disease Progression and Communication Techniques

Understanding Dementia: Disease Progression and Communication Techniqu...

Course Description: With the rising prevalence of Alzheimer's and Dementia diagnoses among the senior population, it is becoming increasingly imperative that social workers are prepared
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January 26, 2021, 5:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

Topic: New Placements: Preparing and Adjusting Family Roles Facilitated by: Theresa Shell-Goldsby January 26, 2021, 5-6:30 PM CST To register for this group training, visit
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January 26, 2021, 7:30 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Donna Hudson

ASK-VIP Group Training with Donna Hudson

Topic: Understanding a Case Through the Child Welfare System Facilitated by: Donna Hudson January 26, 2021, 7:30-9 PM EST To register for this group training,
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News


CoSW Launches New Learning Management System for Continuing Education and Training

CoSW Launches New Learning Management System for Continuing Education and Tra...

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we interact. As a result, the demand for intuitive online and virtual training and
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Success Against All Odds: From Aging Out of Foster Care to Social Work Grad

Success Against All Odds: From Aging Out of Foster Care to Social Work Grad

Can you recall a time when you felt the odds were stacked against you? It’s a common phrase you’ve most
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UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

By Lindsey Piercy LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) — In Kentucky there are nearly 10,000 young people in foster care,
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