Research Centers

Home to two nationally-recognized research centers serving as hubs for innovation in the field of social work.

Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health

Inspired by our unique position in one of the nation’s leading cities for health care, the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (CISWH) draws on the social work profession’s fundamental cross-disciplinary emphasis and our rich experience in the area of public health. CISWH aims to improve community health locally and globally by engaging social work, public health, medicine, and other disciplines in cost-effective prevention and intervention strategies that transform urban health care. Endowed at $12.5 million, the center opened in 2015 and is located on the Boston University Medical Campus.

Leadership for CISWH is provided by BU School of Social Work Associate Professor and BU School of Public Health Research Associate Professor Sara S. Bachman.

Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research

The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (formerly the Institute for Geriatric Social Work) is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for an aging society through educational innovation, workforce change, and research. Located at the Boston University School of Social Work, CADER builds upon the School’s historical commitment to the aging field and current strength in gerontological teaching, research, and training. The rapid aging of our society and the increase in the need for older adult services and care is one of society’s most pressing challenges. Social work is at the forefront of this challenge and in a unique position to respond.

Leadership for CADER is provided by Director Bronwyn Keefe (PhD’14, Associate Director).