The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work (UT-SSW), established in 1950, is rated one of the top 10 social work programs in the United States. The School, located at the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, offers programs leading to the Bachelor’s in Social Work, Master of Science in Social Work, and PhD in Social Work degrees. Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School.

Academic programs

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Research projects at the UT School of Social Work are administered through The Center for Social Work Research (CSWR). The Center was founded in 1974 to provide an environment that facilitates interdisciplinary, scientifically rigorous research endeavors. Currently, the center houses 9 research institutes.

Addiction Research Institute (ARI)

ARI focuses on substance abuse among under-served populations (particularly African-Americans and Mexican-Americans). The Program adopts a uniquely social work perspective, emphasizing factors at the individual, family, organizational, societal, and cultural level that influence substance abuse and substance abuse treatment.

Child Family Research Institute (CFRI)

Health Behavior and Research Training Institute (HBRT)

HBRT specializes in the development and implementation of interventions to address health behaviors and in the training and supervision of providers in the field who address behavior change on the front lines. Our theoretical framework is based on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Through funding primarily from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HBRT's intervention research focuses on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; alcohol, cocaine, smoking, and other substance disorders; STI testing; HIV and safer sexual practices; and screening and brief motivational interventions in medical settings.

Renowned Faculties

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Cynthia G.S. Franklin, PhD, LCSW, LMFT

Dr. Cynthia Franklin is the Assistant Dean for Doctoral Education and Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at UT-SSW. Dr. Franklin has over 150 publications in the professional literature and is a world-renowned scholar in school mental health. Dr. Franklin’s research examines the practice and effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy with children and adolescents. She is the current Editor-in Chief for the Encyclopedia of Social Work and is the author of several books including, The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-based Professionals (Oxford University Press), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy: A Handbook of Evidence-base Practice (Oxford University Press).

Rowena Fong, Ed.D.

Dr. Rowena Fong is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor in Services to Children and Families at UT-SSW. She has served nationally as past President of the Society for Social Work and Research and has received the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award of the Council on Social Work Education. As a fellow at the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, Dr. Font currently co-chairs the AASWSW Grand Challenges Executive Committee.


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External links

  • Official website

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