Scholarly work by the School's faculty spans a wide range of questions, problems, and populations, including public policy and poverty reduction, public health interventions, evaluation of agency-based service programs, the conceptual and philosophical foundations of clinical practice, development of clinical theory, assessment of social work education, and the needs of vulnerable populations. Faculty’s public health-related research on outreach, prevention, coping, and caretaking covers a range of disease conditions and underserved populations. The faculty’s trauma-related work includes the short- and long-term effects of disaster, immigration, and self-care for clinicians.
Faculty play key roles in major social work and social science journals. The School’s research centers and institutes foster and disseminate research targeted at issues important to social work. In addition, the School is home to the only centralized web resource covering professional news and new scholarship from around the world, Information for Practice.
Although the range of research questions addressed by the faculty is diverse, the Silver School is particularly known for its innovative and pioneering work in three areas.