About us

Our philosophy

The Center for Social Work Research provides access to a range of resources for faculty, students, and organizational, institutional and community members. On this website you can explore faculty research, student research, and resources to support learning and faculty scholarship. If you are a community agency or government agency with a need for planning and evaluation services or research support, the Center has a fee-for-service model to provide you with the expertise you need.  Our Community Engagement and Evaluation section gives highlights of our work with agencies in Metro Detroit.  

Our mission

To generate and disseminate knowledge that improves the lives of disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities through a comprehensive approach to research, consultation, and information dissemination.

Contact us

The Center for Social Work Research

Wayne State University
School of Social Work
5447 Woodward Avenue, Room 151
Detroit, MI 48202

Fax: 313-577-8770

Student questions

Courses, enrollment, applications, transcripts, etc. 
Contact the Admissions Department at 313-577-4409.

Field placement questions

Placement opportunities, agency issues, etc. 
Contact the Office of Field Education at 313-577-4446.

If you have an inquiry about research or service opportunities, please contact a Center staff member:

Joanne Sobeck

Dr. Joanne Sobeck
Associate Dean for Research
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Neva Nahan

Neva Nahan
Associate Director
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Elizabeth Agius

Elizabeth Agius
Associate Director for Research Administration
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Kendra J. Wells

Kendra J. Wells
Manager of Research Support
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Lena Boraggina-Ballard

Lena Boraggina-Ballard
Research Associate
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