The Ph.D. in social work is designed for experienced practitioners to develop applied scientific methodological skills and to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. The Ph.D. program is offered on a full-time basis, with all coursework offered on Thursdays during the regular academic semesters. No clinical practicum is required. A total of 45 credits (15 courses) are required for graduation. Other requirements include the teaching practicum, research practicum, and the successful completion of the dissertation. Students take three courses each semester with an option for a summer course over the first three years of the program. In addition, a written and oral comprehensive exam, and the submission of an empirical paper to a peer reviewed scientific journal is required. The journal article submission demonstrates students' expertise in a substantive area, and must be completed before progress into the dissertation seminar. The comprehensive exam and paper submission usually occur before the end of summer between the second and third years of study. The dissertation requirement can be demonstrated through a traditional format, or a three-manuscript option. Students, therefore, have the opportunity to graduate with a minimum of four peer-reviewed publications. Students are expected to complete the program, including defense of the dissertation, in 4 - 6 years.
Program Requirements

Graduation requires a total of 15 courses (45 credits), research and teaching practicums, the successful completion of a comprehensive qualifying written and oral exam, the submission of at least one manuscript for peer review in a scientific journal, and the completion of the dissertation, which may take the form of three additional manuscripts submitted to peer review journals

All students are required to take the following courses:

SW650: Quantitative Scientific Methods

SW651: Introduction to Statistics, Data Analysis and STATA

SW652: Introduction to Multivariate Statistics

SW654: Qualitative Scientific Methods

SW631: Philosophy of Science

SW610: Social and Behavioral Theory

SW630: Critical Analysis of Clinical Practice

SW670: Integrating Public Policy Issues and Outcomes Into Social Work Research

SW671: Teaching and Learning.

SW653: Dissertation Proposal Seminar

Faculty
    Joanna Almeida
    • Joanna Almeida
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3974
    • Office: P412B
    Tamara Cadet
    • Tamara Cadet
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3981
    • Office: P412A
    Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
    Hugo Kamya
    • Hugo Kamya
    • Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3948
    • Office: P408A
    Peter Maramaldi
    • Peter Maramaldi
    • Professor, Hartford Faculty Scholar & National Mentor, Director of PhD Program
    • Phone: 617-521-3908
    • Office: P412D
    Michelle Putnam
    • Michelle Putnam
    • Professor and Associate Dean for Research
    • Phone: 617-521-3956
    • Office: P404D
    Kristie Thomas
    • Kristie Thomas
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3935
    • Office: P404A
Course Work

Coursework focuses on research methods, theory, philosophy of science, clinical practice, policy, and teaching. A total of 45 credits (15 courses) are required for graduation. 0

Year 1
Total credits = 18

Fall

Quantitative Scientific Methods
Introduction to Statistics, Data Analysis and STATA
Philosophy of Science
Spring

Social and Behavioral Theory
Introduction to Multivariate Statistics
Critical Analysis of Clinical Practice
Year 2
Total Semester Credits = 18 Total cumulative credits = 36

Fall

Qualitative Scientific Methods
Integrating Public Policy Issues and Outcomes Into Social Work Research
Survey Research Methods
Spring

Qualitative Data Analysis
Comparative Social Work Macro Practice Models*
Intervention Research
Summer

Teaching Practicum/Independent Study **(no credit)
Comprehensive exam and paper submission requirements***(no credit)

Research Practicum**
Year 3
Total Credits = 9 Total cumulative credits = 45

Fall

Dissertation Seminar (1.5 credits)
Teaching and Learning
Elective course such as Advanced Methods, Logistic Regression or Secondary Analysis of Data
Spring
Dissertation Seminar (1.5 credits)
***All courses are three credits unless noted

Curriculum

Graduation requires a total of 15 courses (45 credits), research and teaching practicums, the successful completion of a comprehensive qualifying written and oral exam, the submission of at least one manuscript for peer review in a scientific journal, and the completion of the dissertation, which may take the form of a traditional dissertation or three-paper dissertation.


Ph.D. Courses

All students are required to take the following courses:

Quantitative Scientific Methods
Introduction to Statistics, Data Analysis and STATA
Philosophy of Science
Social and Behavioral Theory
Introduction to Multivariate Statistics
Critical Analysis of Clinical Practice
Qualitative Scientific Methods
Integrating Public Policy Issues and Outcomes Into Social Work Research
Survey Research Methods
Qualitative Data Analysis
Comparative Social Work Macro Practice Models
Intervention research
Teaching and Learning.
Dissertation Proposal Seminar
Elective such as Advanced Methods, Logistic Regression, or Secondary Analysis of Data


Supplemental Courses

A total of 45 credits (15 courses) are required for graduation. 00 Students can take elective courses during summers, third year, or while in the dissertation phase.

Teaching
The Ph.D. program prepares students to become talented and effective educators. They receive formal training in the pedagogy of adult learning — in the classroom and through a teaching practicum — and are offered opportunities to teach with our seasoned professors.
Research
The Ph.D. Program advances student research competencies through required and elective courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods and advanced statistical analysis. Students are required to take five research courses. In addition, students have opportunities to participate in research initiatives through practice and assistantships, internal and external to Simmons College.
Comprehensive Exam and Qualification into PhD Candidacy
Qualified students will take a written and oral exam on curricular content from required coursework. Qualified students also will submit an empirical manuscript to a scientific peer-reviewed journal approved by the faculty. Upon meeting these requirements, the student will move into candidacy, and be eligible to participate in the dissertation seminar.
The Dissertation
Successful completion of the dissertation will demonstrate the candidate's ability to join the academy as an independent scholar. Specifically, the candidate will demonstrate empirical and conceptual knowledge, the ability to apply rigorous scientific methodology to a substantive area of study, and the capacity to articulate the applied relevance of the findings to the field. The doctoral candidate has the option to complete a traditional dissertation or three-paper dissertation.
Interdisciplinary Option
Interdisciplinary Social Work/Public Health Training Opportunity with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Simmons School of Social Work

There is substantial interest in combining education in social work with education in public health. Faculty and staff at the Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) and faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will collaborate with interested students to facilitate such an opportunity.

Interdisciplinary Social Work/Public Health Training Opportunity with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Simmons College School of Social Work provides highly qualified M.S.W. and Ph.D. students with the opportunity to combine the applied clinical expertise of a social work degree with comprehensive scientific public health training. Graduates of each of these degree programs enter the workforce with advanced skills to address health and mental health needs of diverse populations. Career paths include program and policy development, administration, and evaluation in international and domestic organizations. Potential employers include NGOs, departments of health, humanitarian agencies, advocacy coalitions, hospitals, and health-care organizations.

For additional information on this program please contact:


Peter Maramaldi, M.S.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Simmons School of Social Work
peter.maramaldi@simmons.edu

or

Ms. Trish Lavoie, Senior Coordinator,
Maternal and Child Health/Children Youth and Families,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
tlavoie@hsph.harvard.edu

A Rich and Varied Body of Knowledge

SSW doctoral candidates conduct thorough, thoughtful research, generating powerful dissertations. Some recent topics include:

Reclaiming and Constructing Identities: The Journey Out of Homelessness for Persons With Mental Illness

Self-perceived Unpopularity in Children and Adolescents: Its Antecedents, Characteristics, and Relationship to Later Maladjustment

To Hear and to Respond: The Influence of Zen Buddhist Meditation on the Practice of Clinical Social Work

Helpful and Unhelpful Interactions Between Professionals and Parents of Children with Cognitive Challenges: A Developmental Perspective

Adaptation and Transformation: The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood for Gay Male Couples

Young, Urban, Unwed Fathers: Depressive Symptoms, Problem Behaviors, and Psychosocial Correlates

El Sufimiento de los Colombianos en Nueva Inglatera: Como Salen Adelante (Suffering of Colombians in New England: How They Cope)



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