The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has an extensive cross-disciplinary research program. The school serves students with interests in social work and/or criminal justice and offers the only criminal justice PhD program in the state of Wisconsin.

Research conducted by faculty often involves multidisciplinary collaboration through partnerships with researchers on campus and nationwide. The Department of Social Work includes fourteen faculty who are tenured-tenure track and eleven clinical faculty members. The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology includes seven faculty who are tenured-tenure track and two lecturers.

Extramural funding at the school is close to $5 million annually. All faculty have access to the Shared Office for the Administration of Research (SOAR). SOAR assists faculty with applying for and managing sponsored funding. HBSSW provides this administrative infrastructure to support faculty in their pursuit of interdisciplinary, scientifically rigorous social and behavioral research.

Active Funded Projects

InvestigatorsProject TitleFunding AgencyProject Period
Danielle Romain DagenhardtHuman Trafficking Project EvaluationLegal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., U.S. Department of Justice10/16/18-
9/30/20
Tina FreiburgerAssessment of Performance Measures for MCADTCSAMHSA5/31/19-
5/30/24
Tina FreiburgerEnhanced Milwaukee County Circuit Court Diversion & Deferral Programs to Meet Participants' Mental Health NeedsMilwaukee County
U.S. Department of Justice
4/1/19-
12/31/19
Tina FreiburgerEviction Defense Project EvaluationLegal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
Legal Services Corporation
10/1/18-
9/30/20
Tina FreiburgerInfrastructure Development Research for Milwaukee WraparoundMilwaukee County7/1/19-
12/31/19
Tina Freiburger; Co-PI: Melinda S. KavanaughSystem of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Evaluation and Infrastructure Development: Milwaukee WraparoundMilwaukee County, SAMHSA8/31/19-
8/30/23
Tina FreiburgerSystem-Level Diversion ProjectWaukesha County CJCC10/1/18-
9/30/21
Colleen GalambosMOIQ Phase 2 Year 3Univ of Missouri-Columbia10/1/19-
9/30/20
Colleen GalambosUniv of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Bader (Helen) Foundation7/1/2019-
ongoing
Colleen Janczewski;
Co-Investigator: Joshua Mersky
The Community Response and Prevention Social Work EvaluationGreater Watertown Community Health Foundation1/1/19-
12/31/21
Melinda S. KavanaughCaregivingNational Institutes of Health1/15/19-
11/30/20
Melinda S. KavanaughCaregivers in South AfricaALS1/1/19-
12/31/20
Melinda S. Kavanaugh; Co-Investigator: Yura LeeFortaleciendo Puentes: A Community-Based Continuum of Dementia Capable Care for LatinosUnited Community Center/Dept Health and Human Services/Administration for Community Living9/30/18-
9/29/21
Gwat-Yong LieMilwaukee Housing First ProjectMilwaukee County Housing Division (Sponsor); SAMHSA (Prime Sponsor); Collaborating Agencies: Center for Veterans’ Independence, Guest House, Wisconsin Community Services, Crisis Resource Center, SET Ministries, IMPACT 2119/29/17-
9/28/20
Joshua Mersky; Co-Investigator: Colleen Janczewski2019 Home Visitation Formula GrantWI Department of Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA10/1/19-
12/31/21
Joshua MerskyFamily Connects RacineState of Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Board1/1/19-
6/30/20
Joshua MerskyFamily Connects Racine
Family Centered Systems: A two generation strategy
Racine County
Joshua MerskyFormula GrantDCF / HRSA1/1/18-
12/31/19
Joshua MerskyTrauma and Recovery (MCWP Training)WI Dept. of Children & Families / SAMHSA10/1/18-
09/30/20
Joshua Mersky; Co-Investigator: James TopitzesFamily-Centered Systems: A Two Generation Strategy Focused on Single Mothers in Racine Higher Expectations for Racine County/Strive Together10/1/18-
10/1/21
Joshua MerskyTrauma and Recovery Project YearWI Dept. of Children & Families / SAMHSA10/1/18-
9/30/20
Joshua Mersky; Co-Investigators: James Topitzes and Colleen JanczewskiSmart Scale Up II: Promoting Family Engagement, Health and Mental HealthU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA1/1/17-
12/21/21
David J. Pate Jr.Re-Cast Year 4City of Milwaukee, SAMHSA1/1/17-
9/27/20
David J. Pate Jr.Sullivan Spaights Endowment FundUW-Milwaukee Foundation9/1/14-
ongoing
Susan RoseCenter for Adoption Support and Education Training for Adoption CompetencyCenter for Adoption Support & Education11/2/15-
3/31/20
James Topitzes; Co-Investigators:Joshua Mersky and David J. Pate Jr.Healthy Worker, Healthy WisconsinUW-Madison (WPP)1/1/17-
12/31/21
James TopitzesRacine County Family ConnectsRacine County10/1/18-
12/31/19
James TopitzesTrauma-Informed EmploymentUW-Milwaukee Foundation / Bader Foundation1/1/19-
ongoing
James TopitzesSmart Reentry10/2017-
9/2019
Trina Salm WardSleep Baby SafeAmerican SIDS Institute 9/1/17-
2/20/20