Four BUSSW Faculty Awarded Research Funding Through New Small Grants Program

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Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) has launched a small grants program that will provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to its faculty each academic year.

The School awarded funding to three studies in its inaugural year: a review on the impact of eviction on economic well-being, a study on fatherhood experiences and perceptions among Korean immigrant families, and a study on post-secondary vocational education for system-involved youth.

BUSSW Small Grant Awards, 2022-2023

The Impact of Evictions on Economic Well-Being: A Global Scoping Review

Led by Associate Professor Thomas Byrne, an expert in housing and homelessness, this global scoping review aims to build a comprehensive foundation of knowledge on the economic impacts of eviction on individuals and households. Second-year BUSSW doctoral student Mohit Tamta, who studies forced evictions in Delhi, India, joins Byrne as the primary research assistant. Their work will clarify key concepts and definitions of eviction and economic well-being on a global scale, providing the groundwork for future research on the economic impacts of eviction – work critical to their goal to make adequate housing accessible to all.

Perception of Fatherhood and Parenting Experience Among Korean Immigrant Fathers

While studies have found that fathers play a significant role in their children’s development, the effects of immigration and acculturation on fathers of particular cultural and historical backgrounds are largely unexplored. Associate Professor Yoonsook Ha will partner with Saeeun Choi of Korea National University of Education to conduct in-depth virtual interviews with Korean immigrant fathers to investigate their unique relationship with fatherhood, and to understand how their parenting experiences and perceptions may play a role in their mental health and the overall well-being of their families.

Understanding Experiences of Post-Secondary Vocational Education Among System-Involved Youth

System-involved youth – young people with experience in foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health systems – generally face poor post-secondary educational outcomes. However, post-secondary vocational education (PSVE) programs have the potential to help youth pursue a positive employment and social trajectory. To find out more about young people’s experiences in PSVE programs, including facilitation and barriers to success, Professor Mary E. Collins and Assistant Professor Astraea Augsberger will partner with Youth MOVE National to interview 25 young people formerly involved in state systems who are now in post-secondary vocational education (PSVE) programs. They plan to disseminate their findings widely in education, child welfare, employment and training systems, seeking to bring the young people’s perspectives to the top level of PSVE policy and practice.

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