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School of Social Work Research

Center for Social Innovation (CSI)

CSI Directors

Stephanie Berzin and Tiziana Dearing, Center Co-Directors

The Center for Social Innovation promotes "innovation from within." Our mission is to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice. We strive to build capacity within the social sector by preparing tomorrow's social service leaders, promoting the capacity of existing social service agencies to respond to current and future social issues, and building the evidence-base for social innovation. More »»


Immigration Integration Lab (IIL)


Westy Egmont, Director

The Immigrant Integration Lab (IIL) is an applied research center exploring the intersection of social work, social policy, and immigrant inclusion. IIL is committed to social justice, working toward the well-being of immigrants by pursuing a rigorous academic approach that seeks to understand the appropriate services and delivery systems that lead to full social, civic, and economic integration of the foreign born in the United States More »»


Research Program on Children and Adversity


Theresa Betancourt, Director

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) focuses on understanding trajectories of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity, including poverty, conflict, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child development and mental health. The program develops targeted psychosocial interventions that support positive life outcomes that can be effectively delivered at scale in low-resource settings. Overall, the program team works to develop evidence-based, transdiagnostic interventions that are feasible and cost effective, to support positive life outcomes.  These outcomes are key to child health, social services, and the economic development agendas.  More »»



Center on Aging & Work

Jacquelyn James, Tay McNamara, Co-Directors

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work focuses its research on one of the defining issues of the 21st century, to help the business community promote workplace flexibility and prepare for the opportunities and challenges associated with an aging workforce.   More »»

National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS)

K Mahoney


Kevin Mahoney, PI

The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) assists states, agencies, and organizations in offering participant-directed services to people with disabilities. Participant-directed services promote independence by helping participants decide for themselves what mix of personal-assistance supports and services best fits their needs. NRCPDS is the only national resource that performs this function. We provide national leadership, technical assistance, training, education, and research that improve the lives of people of all ages with disabilities. More »»


Institute on Aging

James Lubben

James Lubben, Director

The Institute on Aging provides an integrated framework for fundraising, research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination for three aging research centers at Boston College, two of them housed at the GSSW: the Sloan Center on Aging and Work and the Center for the Study of Home and Community Life, as well as the Carroll School of Management's Center for Retirement Research. More »»