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.

CISWH is led by Director Tami Gouveia, DrPH, MSW, MPH, a veteran public health social worker and former Massachusetts state representative who serves as the School’s Paul Farmer Professor.

Visit the CISWH Site

The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research 

The Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER), housed within The Network for Professional Education, is dedicated to strengthening the workforce that provides health and long-term supports and services to older adults and people with disabilities. The rapid aging of our population and a changing landscape for health and social services demand that organizations in the aging and disability field provide integrated, interprofessional, and person-centered care. CADER is a national leader in helping organizations and the workforce meet this challenge by leveraging the latest in online learning technology and the extensive resources of one of the nation’s leading research universities. 

Leadership for CADER and The Network for Professional Education is provided by Bronwyn Keefe (PhD’14), assistant dean of Workforce and Professional Development.

Visit the CADER Site