Doctoral Faculty Research

At the Silver School of Social Work, doctoral students are given the opportunity to collaborate on faculty projects spanning a variety of topic areas, thereby gaining first-hand experience in conducting social work research. Below is a representative sample of the current research projects directed by NYU Silver’s esteemed faculty.

Understanding Recovery and Desistance for Persons with Mental Illnesses Leaving Prison
Silver School of Social Work Seed Grant
Duration of Study: 2018-2019
This longitudinal study measures the underlying mechanisms of recovery and desistance over the first six months of community reentry from prison for persons with serious mental illnesses. Using multiple methods and measures, this study seeks to understand how hope, self-efficacy, and identity change over time and how they are related to behavioral changes (self-care, prosocial behaviors, and antisocial behaviors), and mental health and criminal justice outcomes. This will be achieved through conducting three surveys over the first six months post-release and in-depth interviews with a subset of study participants. The pilot project will show feasibility of recruitment and retention methods and provide initial data for a larger NIH-funded project.
Fathers Raising Responsible Men: Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Adolescent Males
National Institute of Child Health and Development
Grant No. 1U01DP006106-01
Duration of Study: 9/2015 - 9/2020
This project will develop, evaluate, and disseminate a teen pregnancy, STI and HIV prevention program specifically designed for ethnic minority adolescent males. This intervention is designed to facilitate important paternal parenting behaviors that influence adolescent decision-making. We use a novel, theoretically-based intervention highlighting the important and influential role that fathers have on the development of adolescent males. The goal of this study is to reduce adolescent male sexual risk behavior and to further develop the scientific evidence and intervention options targeted specifically to the teen pregnancy prevention needs of ethnic minority adolescent males.
Expertise: Social welfare policy, with an emphasis on children and families; effects of maternal employment and child care on children's cognitive and social and emotional outcomes; impact of welfare reform and child care subsidies on families; parental work schedules, child care use, and child well-being; and cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes of children in immigrant families.
Safe Mothers Safe Children Initiative
PI: Dr. Michael A. Lindsey; Co-Investigators: Drs. Claude Chemtob and Mary McKay
Grant No. 22-43000-R 0324 - Robin Hood Foundation
Grant No. 21214.0379 - Annie E. Casey Foundation
Duration of Study: 1/2016 - 12/2018

The Safe Mothers Safe Children (SMSC) initiative seeks to reduce the risk of repeat child maltreatment through a multi-pronged intervention that enhances the identification, case management, and treatment of mothers receiving preventive services. The study intervention is adapted from Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) which is designed to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and foster positive parenting as a means of reducing child maltreatment and enhancing maternal and child well-being. The SMSC initiative aims to help preventive agencies identify traumatized mothers who are at risk for repeat maltreatment and/or foster care placement; improve access to mental health services for mothers at high risk; increase caseworker knowledge of trauma and its impact on parenting and child maltreatment; increase caseworkers’ knowledge of early childhood needs and resources; develop caseworkers’ engagement skills with traumatized clients; and improve preventive agency practice.

Intervention for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders Leaving Residential Tx
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Duration of Study: 2014-2019

The proposed research uses participatory planning methods to adapt and implement an established, nationally-recognized intervention, Critical Time Intervention, for a new population and setting among individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders who are vulnerable to relapse following residential substance abuse treatment.


Organizational Factors and Decision Making in Adopting Evidence-Based Practices in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment                                               

PI: Dr. Jennifer Manuel

University Research Challenge Fund

Provost Office, New York University

Duration of Study 2015-2016                                                 


The primary aim of this research will examine system factors, organizational characteristics, and leadership and staff attributes that impact the adoption of transition services. In addition, this study will explore organizational level decision making in adopting innovations and evidence-based practices.