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Research Matters 

Dean Martell Teasley with his family.

A Message from the Dean

Professional social work is a field of practice that impacts the lives of many people.  In responding to the complexities of the human condition, social workers empower people to help themselves. From the cradle to the grave, and at every point in between, social workers can be found.  The research highlighted in this edition of Research Matters similarly showcases ways that social workers are helping people across the entire life span—from the impact of maternal drug use on children, to the effects of social stigma in older adults.  As I reflect on the many life stages in my own family, I am grateful for the work of my colleagues in improving our quality of life.  We are eager to share more of the exciting research happening at the U during SSWR’s annual conference in January, as well as through our community-centered Talks with Teasley research showcase events throughout the year.

Martell Teasley, PhD, MSW
Dean and Professor


Behind the Research



On the Move in Research

We’d like to offer our congratulations to:

  • Eric Garland, who recently published a study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. This study crosses disciplines to detail the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain.
  • Chad McDonald, who has been appointed to the Executive Advisory Council of National Staff Development Training Associations.
  • Joanne Yaffe, who was invited—along with her co-investigators on an eyewitness identification grant—to join a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding scientific research on the reliability of eyewitness memory, particularly as it pertains to James Joseph Garner v Colorado.

We hope you’ll join us at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference!  We have 10 faculty and staff and two doctoral students presenting their work, facilitating discussions, and engaging in critical collaborations.

Last Updated: 4/14/21