Faculty and Research

At Simmons School of Social Work, you will learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, mentors in and out of the classroom, and nationally recognized scholars in social work. Our faculty conduct research that addresses social issues, works to create equity and justice, and advances social work teaching and practice.

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Our Faculty

Our faculty emphasize the important connection between education, research, and practice. They are deeply committed to developing, testing, and using the most innovative approaches to teaching. In the classroom, they integrate hands-on practice, theory and research with social justice values and multicultural perspectives.

Faculty lead our simulation experiences to provide students with opportunities to practice clinical skills. As active and prolific scholars, their research works to solve social challenges, advance the field of social work pedagogy, and change practice.

I aim to build on the connections between students’ lives, field experiences, and the curriculum, and reciprocally, on the connections between the curriculum and their experiences.

-Johnnie Hamilton-Mason

Research at the School of Social Work

Our faculty are world class scholars who do research that addresses social issues, works to create equity and justice, and advances social work teaching and practice. As shown through their publications, funding, and engagement in sharing their work with a variety of audiences, our faculty are respected leaders in the field.

Faculty engage students in research to advance their knowledge, develop their skills, and address social issues. At Simmons, our research is aimed at changing lives and creating lasting change.

Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education and Research (CIBER)

The Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education and Research (CIBER) builds on the national leadership of Simmons Social Work faculty in advancing research, practice, and teaching in behavioral health. The Center focuses on innovation in three main areas: substance use education and research, with a particular focus on vulnerable and underserved populations; technology, including patient simulation and telebehavioral health; and behavioral health workforce development in the emerging model of integrated primary care and behavioral health in urban and rural areas. CIBER aims to be the epicenter of innovation in the arena of emerging technologies and clinical social work practice.

Student Engagement in Research

Through the SSW’s ambitious Social Work Fellowship program, MSW and Ph.D students receive stipends to collaborate with Social Work faculty on their research projects. Students get hands on experience with all parts of the research process; indeed, several students have earned co-authorship on faculty publications. Recent Social Work Fellowship research topic areas include: community based participatory research with domestic violence agencies; substance use in the LGBTQ population; cancer screening with women of color and community services for immigrant populations.

Faculty Scholars

Our faculty scholars are leaders in their fields, mentors in and out of the classroom, and nationally recognized scholars in social work.