Through their scholarship and research, our faculty members create knowledge that drives innovative solutions to society’s most challenging social problems. This work focuses on the needs of our most vulnerable citizens–older adults, children and families in the child welfare system, persons with severe mental illness, persons who are homeless, and veterans returning from war. We especially value close collaboration with local community and government partners as we address critical policy and practice-related questions. We disseminate the knowledge gained to policymakers, students, and practitioners, as well as to the broader academic community.
Dr. Diane DePanfilis is the Senior Associate Dean for Research . In addition to helping faculty members obtain support for their work, his office seeks to generate effective partnerships between Silberman faculty, community partners, and other researchers to pursue our research agenda.