College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Social policy

Researchers at the School of Social Work are seeking to improve the lives of individuals, particularly those who are marginalized and disenfranchised, through policy reform at different levels.

Wendy Haight Wendy Haight

  • Professor and Gamble-Skogmo Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy
  • 612-624-4721
  • whaight@umn.edu

Child Welfare, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, Social Services, Substance Abuse

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Joseph Merighi Joseph Merighi

  • Associate Director of the School of Social Work; Associate Professor
  • he, him, his
  • jmerighi@umn.edu

End-stage renal diseases, Medication adherence, Chronic illness, Social work practice in health care settings.

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Lynette Renner Lynette Renner

  • Professor; Director of the PhD Program; Director of Graduate Studies
  • she, her, hers
  • 612-624-8795
  • renn0042@umn.edu

Family Violence, Domestic Violence, Child Welfare, Family Based Interventions, Mental and Behavioral Health, Youth Development

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Jessica Toft Jessica Toft

My research examines two sides of the same coin: how neoliberalism works to limit the professional authority of social work, and how social work can and has used democratic ideas and actions to protect and extend professional authority.

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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare researchers

Traci LaLiberte Traci LaLiberte

  • Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
  • 612-624-2279
  • lali0017@umn.edu

Child Welfare, Disability, Evaluation, Policy, Systems Change

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Youth Work Learning Lab researcher

Deborah Moore Deborah Moore

Adolescents/Youth, Youth Development, Program Development

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