Some of the best known, well-respected journals are conduits of our faculty scholarship, including Social Service Review, Social Work, The Gerontologist, Child Welfare, Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, Affilia, Families in Society, and Social Work in Health Care. Our faculty serve on over 15 editorial boards for professional journals.

The faculty of the School of Social Work focus their research in one (or a combination) of the following areas: Child Welfare, Family Violence, Aging and End-of-Life Care, Diversity and Social Justice, Gender and Sexuality, Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse, and Organizations and Communities.

“For me, it just keeps coming back to: How will my research have a direct, real impact on the lives of children and their families?”
Carol Coohey, Professor 

Research and Creative Production in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As part of a top-tier, AAU-accredited public research university, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds scholarly, scientific, and artistic discovery at the heart of our mission.

Throughout our departments and programs, our professors are at the forefront of their disciplines. They bring their world-class research and artistry into their classrooms, studios, and labs, giving students the unparalleled opportunity to learn right from the source of the latest innovations in knowledge and practice.

Graduate students and many undergraduates work side-by-side with faculty members, conducting breakthrough research and creative production that advances humanity’s understanding of ourselves and the complex, ever-changing world in which we live.

The creation of knowledge and understanding is an exhilarating and never-ending mission—and is at the core of every University of Iowa liberal arts and sciences education.

Mercedea Bern-Klug

Mercedes Bern-Klug

Aging and End of Life Care

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Diversity and Social Justice; Gender and Sexuality; Health, Mental Health, and Disability

Aislinn Conrad

Aislinn Conrad

Child Welfare

Carol Coohey

Carol Coohey

Child Welfare; Family Violence; Health, Mental Health, and Disability

Stephen Cummings

Stephen Cummings

Diversity and Social Justice; Organizations and Communities

Megan Gilster

Megan Gilster

Diversity and Social Justice; Health, Mental Health, and Disability; Organizations and Communities

May Guo

May Guo

Aging and End of Life Care; Health, Mental Health, and Disability

Carolyn Hartley

Carolyn Hartley

Child Welfare; Family Violence

Motier Haskins

Motier F. Haskins

Diversity and Social Justice

Julia Kleinschmit

Julia Kleinschmit

Diversity and Social Justice; Organizations and Communities

The Old Capitol Building on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Miriam Landsman

Child Welfare; Health, Mental Health, and Disability; Organizations and Communities

The Old Capitol Building on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Billie Marchik

Organizations and Communities

Alison Oliver

Alison Oliver

Gender and Sexuality

Nadia Sabbagh

Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg

Health, Mental Health, and Disability; Aging and End of Life Care; Gender and Sexuality

Sara Sanders

Sara Sanders

Aging and End of Life Care

Christopher Veeh

Christopher A. Veeh

Health, Mental Health, and Disability

Yi (April) Wang

Yi (April) Wang

Aging and End of Life Care