Research at Jane Addams

The research conducted by our faculty not only addresses the needs of marginalized communities, it amplifies the voices of individuals and families in those communities, so that their lived experiences can inform social services and public policy.

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Research Highlights

Associate Professor Henrika McCoy

Understanding Experiences of Violence Among Young Black Men

Under a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Associate Professor Henrika McCoy is conducting a national study of the experiences of violence among young men of color. In a variety of locations across the U.S., young men were interviewed about their victimization experiences, as well as the services and supports they have utilized.  Learn More »

Professor James Swartz

Preventing Deaths from Opioid Overdoses

Professor James Swartz is working with the Illinois Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Illinois Department of Human Services) to prevent prescription drug opioid overdose related deaths and to gain better understanding of the pathways to opioid addiction.  Learn More »

Dean Hairston

Helping Older Persons Transition Out of Institutional Living

Dean Creasie Finney Hairston and her team are working with the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health to interview persons with a serious mental illness residing in nursing homes, as well as people who have re-entered the community, about factors and supports that contribute to their successful transition from institutional care to community life.  Learn More »

Professor Sonya Leathers

Improving Outcomes for Children in the Child Welfare System

Professor Sonya Leathers has been working with Illinois DCFS to evaluate the effectiveness of the team-based CIPP model for youth who are at risk of placement disruption. She analyzed input not only from DCFS caseworkers, but also from the youth and their caregivers.  Learn More »

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