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The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is committed to producing rigorous research that advances our vision of Achieving Social, Racial, Economic and Political Justice, local to global. We strive to conduct research in innovative ways, grounded in anti-racist and community-engaged perspectives. Our renowned faculty are experts in a range of research topics but are unified in a vision of producing research that has an impact on solving real-world problems and addressing the policies and practices that drive injustice and health disparities.

We advance our commitment to addressing urgent social problems through our five research centers. These centers represent specific areas of focus within our broader vision, that drive synergistic research to lead solutions. Our current research centers are: The Center for Drug and Social Policy Research, The Center for Research and Training on Maternal Health Equity, The SUSTAIN Center, The Child & Family Center for Innovative Research and The Mental Health Research in Treatment Engagement. 

These centers provide an accelerating number of opportunities for GCSW M.S.W. and Ph.D. students to become involved and trained in state-of-the-art research techniques.

Working closely with GCSW faculty in research that affects community advancement and health in Houston, a large, diverse metropolitan area renowned for its bio-medical/ health, technology and energy research, GCSW students obtain first-hand experience and training in research skills. An exciting research environment is growing rapidly at the GCSW and we are looking for highly motivated students who want to join with our faculty to stimulate change through community-engaged research.