The University of Kentucky College of Social Work advances research through projects which are community-based, multidisciplinary, and translational. Our mission is to advance knowledge on social problems that affect individuals, families, and communities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

Our faculty are regularly involved in productive research and scholarship to promote individual and community well-being.  The College is advancing research in multiple substantive areas including child welfare, substance use, gerontology, inequality and social justice, poverty, well-being and health disparities, violence, and suicide, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge base to promote translational, evidence-based prevention programs and interventions particularly for rural service areas.

Our college also values educational research and evaluation through new projects like the Integrated Behavioral Health grant funded by SAMHSA. Through collaboration with the College of Medicine, educational endeavors such as this are being evaluated for dissemination to the field.