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Sharing Research that Matters: Announcing our Research Briefs for School Social Workers

Sharing Research that Matters:  Announcing our Research Briefs for School Social Workers

School social workers are busy people. Finding good research takes time. We want to help.

Starting in December, we will post  Research Briefs (RBs) each week. These RBs will be completed by school social workers like you, taking research they’ve found and applying it to their school contexts.  These RBs will describe research articles and what the particular study could contribute to your school social work practice, starting as soon as tomorrow. They will cover the kinds of things you see every day in your practice and (hopefully) be written in a way that you can use the information right away. You can find our initial RBs completed by SSWN co-editor (and SSW and doctoral student extraordinaire) Michele Patak-Piatrafesa  here, here, & here.

We hope you like the RBs, we hope you find them useful, and we hope that you tell us what you’re doing with the RB information so we can promote Research That Matters to school social workers here in the u.s. and all over the world.


About The Author

Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice certificate and Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, co-Chair of the Society for Social Work & Research SSW Special Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School Social Work, and Associate Editor of School Mental Health. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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