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Doctoral Students


The Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work’s PhD program in Social Welfare gives doctoral students the opportunity to be a part of innovative social and behavioral science research, inform policy, and learn alongside renowned faculty members in a number of diverse substantive areas. Please refer to the School’s graduate admissions website for full information about requirements and various tracks of the curriculum. Those interested in working in the criminal justice system or with those whose lives have been touched by the system may be a good fit for doctoral studies and/or assistantships in the Lab for Family Wellbeing & Justice. Previous PhD students have held various degrees from a number of departments (e.g., Social Work, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Public Health) and have had a range of clinical experiences (both inside and outside of criminal justice settings). Please contact Dr. Charles to learn more about what opportunities are currently available and with any questions you may have (it is helpful if you can send a CV/resume with your inquiry).

Master's & MSW Students


Our work at the Lab for Family Wellbeing & Justice relies on a number of social work practice (both micro and macro) as well as other clinical (e.g., Public Health) skills, and thus may cater to the interests and goals of Masters-level students. The involvement of these students may be dependent upon project needs and resources, but activity can range from structured fieldwork placements to project-specific tasks. Interested Masters students should reach out to Dr. Charles to see what opportunities may be available and with any questions.

Undergraduate Students


The Lab for Family Wellbeing & Justice has mentored and trained a number of Undergraduate students from various departments (e.g., Social work, Social Welfare, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice Certificate) and offers opportunities across both academic semesters and summer terms. Students participate in the Lab for Family Wellbeing & Justice as interns, through independent or directed studies, and as volunteers. Specific duties are project dependent, but likely include assisting with various data collection, management, and analysis tasks, conducting literature reviews, and helping with various administrative elements. Undergraduate students should reach out to Dr. Charles to see what opportunities may be available and with any questions.