Research News


Florida State Leading Effort to Provide Effective Treatment for Substance Use and Mental Health Problems
Monday, July 12, 2021

The Florida State University College of Medicine and College of Social Work, with support from Tallahassee business leader and philanthropist Rick Kearney, are developing plans to tackle widespread mental health and substance use issues across the Big Bend.

Posted Under: CSW General, Research

FSU’s Institute for Justice Research and Development Uses Science to Transform Justice System
Thursday, July 08, 2021

The numbers are the problem for Associate Professor of Social Work Carrie Pettus at Florida State University.

More than 12,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each week, and 77% of formerly incarcerated individuals return to prison within five years.

“If you can imagine going to a doctor and they say here’s this medical intervention that works 23 percent of the time, would we continue to use that intervention? No,” Pettus said.

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FSU Researchers: Family Ties Play Important Role in Mental Health of Asian Americans
Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Family cohesion and regular religious attendance play a critical role in positive mental health outcomes for Asian Americans, according to new research from Florida State University.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, Alumni Spotlight, CSW General, Faculty News, Faculty Spotlight, Research

Study Explores Factors Impacting Post-College Success for Foster Care Alumni
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

It is a common experience for young adults to struggle when they get to college. These struggles are often compounded for students who lack a support system, particularly first-generation students and children who become independent early in adulthood due to experiences in foster care or the child welfare system.

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Evidence-based Trauma Programs Save Lives and Change Futures
Monday, June 07, 2021

Amberly Prykhodko, director of Clinical and Professional Services at the FSU Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), along with Second Chance Re-Entry Initiative Program (SCRIP) Founder Edward Andrews, trained chaplain supervisors and reentry counselors at the Connecticut Department of Corrections in late May 2021. 

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Social Work Faculty Member Promoted to Full Professor
Friday, June 04, 2021

Dr. Yaacov Petscher, an FSU College of Social Work faculty member, was promoted this year to full professor. He reached this academic achievement through a unique and personal scholastic journey, one directed by his guiding principles – intellectual curiosity and humility.

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Florida Center for Reading Research Forms Partnership to Establish National Center for Reading in India
Friday, March 26, 2021

The Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University and University of St. Francis have partnered with education officials in India to establish the National Center for Reading Interventions and Research (NCRIR) in India.

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Social Work Researcher Advances Literature on Pediatric Quality of Life in Organ Transplant Patients
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A Florida State University professor is paving the way for social workers, psychologists and transplant teams across the country to increase the quality of life for children who have received organ transplants.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Michael Killian has published a new study that takes a step back and examines current data related to assessment tools for pediatric organ transplant recipients to improve these children’s quality of life and ensure a successful transplant.

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, Alumni Spotlight, CSW General, Faculty News, Faculty Spotlight, Research

FSU Research Study Addresses Effects of Client Violence on Child Protection Workers
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Florida State University College of Social Work researchers have found a link between work-related violence and poor health outcomes for child protection workers.

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Florida Institute for Child Welfare Updates
Thursday, February 04, 2021

Evaluation of the Guardianship Assistance Program

To fulfill the objectives of § 39.6225 Fla. Stat. Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) for an implementation evaluation, the Florida Institute for Child Welfare contracted with the University of Florida to complete the evaluation.

Several challenges to the implementation of the GAP were identified through focus groups and interviews with guardians and child welfare professionals responsible for implementing the new program.

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