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Centers and Institutes

The Silver School's centers and institutes foster and disseminate research targeted at issues important to social work.

McSilver Institute for Poverty

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research oversees numerous applied studies aimed at addressing the root causes of poverty, as well as examining approaches to reduce its effects. McSilver's studies are defined by research partnerships with policy makers, service organizations, and community stakeholders. An understanding of the links between individuals, families, and communities to their external environments, as well as the interrelatedness of race and poverty guide McSilver's research efforts.


The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) investigates the role of the Latino family in shaping the development and well-being of Latino adolescents. CLAFH addresses the needs of New York's diverse Latino communities in both national and global contexts. CLAFH serves as a link between the scientific community, Latino health and social service providers, and the broader Latino community.

Center for Violence and Recovery

The Center on Violence and Recovery (CVR) is dedicated to advancing knowledge on the causes and consequences of violence and trauma and developing solutions that foster healing among individuals, families, and communities. CVR develops cutting-edge solutions to promote healing and transformation; conducts research studies on critical issues connected to trauma and restoration; and offers trainings, workshops, and lectures on topics related to trauma and healing.