- Training Resource Center
- Continuing Education
Below you will find links to application information for each program offered by the University of Kentucky College of Social Work:
- UK College of Social Work: Continuously Evolving to Meet Society's Needs
- UK Conference to Focus on Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into Primary Care
- Ann Vail Named College of Social Work Interim Dean
- Expert on Bullying Worries More About Children in Rural Schools
- VIDEO: Six Questions With Social Work's Julie Cerel
“If one is to partake in meaningful research, I think it imperative to recognize the problem, acknowledge the concerns, and then seek to access solutions,” Dr. Justin ‘Jay’ Miller states when assessed about his prerogative in research. He continues, “Research, to me, is not about simply generating papers. It’s about changing lives.” Dr. Miller seeks to changes the lives of all around him, but his research specifically focuses on foster youth and alumni transitioning to adulthood. .
Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work, Dr. Miller spent five years teaching at Spalding University. Currently he serves as the Vice Chair to the Kentucky Board of Social Work- a position he was elected to in 2014. In this role, he aims to prepare social work students for the transition from educational program to regulated profession. Additionally, Dr. Miller serves as the President for the Foster Care Alumni of America – KY, and Chairs both the Jefferson Citizen Review Panel and the Kentucky Children’s Justice Act Taskforce.
As a foster care alumni, Dr. Miller recognizes that the needs specific to foster youth and alumni can be best understood by those in these vulnerable populations. That is what led him and his partner in research, Dr. Ming-Yuan Chih, to conceptualize and develop new technologies aimed at assisting youth transitioning from foster care. Drs. Miller and Chih are focused on testing participatory platforms in hopes of more meaningfully integrating technologies into service delivery systems for youth in and from foster care.
“We (researchers) continue to research the same issues, in the same ways. We need to reframe the paradigm in which we view traditional problems, and the only way to truly do that is by listening to the youth themselves. In the age of modern technology, it is time we become innovative,” Dr. Miller said, “The youth’s lack of voice has contributed to repeated failure in addressing their needs.”
Of course, this work is not without challenges. Participatory research with youth creates dilemmas with ethics concerning informed consent and access viable study participants. However, Dr. Miller continues to emphasize its importance. “Without their insight, it is much more difficult to accurately assess the specific challenges they face,” he said. “You would be amazed at how informed the youth are. We (researchers) do not give them enough credit for their insight.”
As he continues to develop these technologies, Dr. Miller uses his research as a vehicle to help this group transition. He finds research to be a byproduct of his curiosity. “We should take the time to listen to foster youth. We should enable them to tell their stories. Researchers can see the beginning and end of a child’s story, but we must allow the youth to tell about what happens in between.” ... See MoreSee Less
Due to impending severe winter weather conditions, this evening's MSW Info Session has been cancelled. Stay safe and warm out there! ... See MoreSee Less
We hope everyone enjoyed a day off today in remembrance of the life and noble work of Martin Luther King Junior. His work was well remembered and carried out during the MLK day of service organized by the CCO this past Saturday by all of the students and staff who volunteered at different organizations around Lexington! ... See MoreSee Less