FSU’s Institute for Justice Research and Development Uses Science to Transform Justice System

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.

FSU Researchers: Family Ties Play Important Role in Mental Health of Asian Americans

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.

Amy L. Ai, a professor in the College of Social Work, led an interdisciplinary team that found family cohesion reduced the incidence of anxiety disorders among Asian Americans while regular religious attendance lowered their rate of substance use disorder. Family conflict increased instances of both substance use disorder and depression.

Social Work Researcher Advances Literature on Pediatric Quality of Life in Organ Transplant Patients

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.

Florida Institute for Child Welfare Updates

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.