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Centers & Institute

Rutgers School of Social Work is home to several internationally-known centers and institutes that focus on research leading to real and lasting change.

Institute for Families

Their core mission is to support and strengthen families and communities by increasing the capacity of human service professionals and organizations. They achieve this through a three-pronged approach that mirrors and supports the University’s mission of instruction, research, and public service. 

-Training, technical assistance and professional development
-Applied research and evaluation
-Direct service and advocacy

Center for Gambling Studies

Their mission is two-fold: to drive global decision-making on gambling-related issues by conducting strategic, non-partisan research and policymaking that is international and multidisciplinary, and to benefit individuals and families adversely affected by gambling problems by initiating innovative training and intervention programs. 

Center for Leadership & Management

Established in 2014, CLM seeks to bridge the discipline of social work with the fields of leadership and management from both academic and practice perspectives. We assist local, state, national, and global businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies in building their management and leadership talents. CLM is dedicated to capacity building, consultation, scholarship, and service activity across industries and sectors.

Center for Prevention Science

The Center for Prevention Science was established in 2016 with a focus on community-level approaches to prevention. Their mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge through research that builds the capacity of community-based organizations to create changes in public policy or environmental conditions that cause social and health disparities.

Center for Research on Ending Violence

Founded in 2007, their mission is to work to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children and the power imbalances that permit them. They accomplish these goals through a collaborative approach that focuses on multidisciplinary research, education, and community engagement. 

Hub for Aging Collaboration

The Rutgers Hub for Aging Collaboration at the School of Social Work advances excellence in collaborative research, teaching, and engagement to improve social contexts for healthy and equitable aging.

Center News


New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that results from a second study examining the prevalence of gambling in New Jersey are now available. The report, funded by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), was prepared by a team of researchers led by Dr. Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D. from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, Center for Gambling Studies. The report is entitled “The Prevalence of Online and Land-Based Gambling in New Jersey,” and it is a follow-up study to the first report issued in 2017.