Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work

Research at the Kent School of Social Work

by Evans,Debra last modified Jul 17, 2013 10:33 AM History

Kent School of Social Work Research Directory 2014-15 (.pdf)


Dec '13

Dr. Anita Barbee worked with a team from Kent State University, UC, Davis, and University of South Dakota to publish a Special Issue of the journal Training and Development in Human Services on the topic Transfer of Learning in Human Services. Barbee citations

Dec '13Dr. Bibhuti Sar also published an article in the Special Issue based on his 5 year $1.2 million grant from the Children's Bureau on Post-Adoption Disruption Prevention. Sar citation
Dec '13Dr. Riaan van Zyl has been notified of the acceptance of two articles published with doctoral program graduates Rob Barney and Kathy Pahl. Van Zyl citations
Dec '13

A new book on child welfare has been released as part of the Springer series on Contemporary Social Work Practice edited by Christina E. Newhill. Dr. Anita Barbee wrote a chapter with Marcia Martin from Bryn Mawr. Barbee chapter citation

Sep '13

Dr.s Anita Barbee, Becky Antle, Dana Sullivan and Althea Dryden and Katie Henry for their article that was published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Public Child Welfare, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Children's Bureau.

This was a national study on child welfare education in schools of social work conducted as part of the National Resource Center on Child Welfare Training and Evaluation. Barbee/Antle citation

Dr. Riaan van Zyl, Associate Dean of Research -- What to Expect

Riaan van Zyl

Our faculty generate new knowledge and understanding to combat social ills and improve quality of life.  In the 2012 research directory we tell you about the social problems in which we are engaged, how we respond to these challenges, the solutions we generate, and the projects we conduct.  In The Kent School we find opportunity to make a difference. This is our story.

The knowledge we generate is applied in many areas, from equipping young children with skills,assisting abused or neglected children, helping juveniles with sexual behavioral problems,illuminating the contributions that men and women make to their families, to palliative and end-of-life care.

We focus our research efforts on a variety of populations - those in long term care, those who are victimized, women who are sole supporters of their families, fathers who want to connect with their children, adolescents in environments with limited protective factors, people with drug abuse issues, those with mental health problems, underserved emerging adults and people with chronic disease.

Our research helps professional social workers and teams to be more efficient, provides organizations with strategic mechanisms to reach their mission, and reforms systems to be more responsive to the needs of people.  We are dedicated to the development of knowledge to help deprived people, communities, and institutions to find new ways of interacting that result in richness of living and opportunity.

We appreciate the support we receive from our funders, community agencies in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Kentucky, all the local, national and international research subjects, the communities in which we are engaged, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, colleagues at other schools of social work, the Society for Social Work and Research, and the University of Louisville.



signature for Dr. Riaan van Zyl, PhD

Riaan van Zyl, PhD

Associate Dean for Research