Research

A solutions-oriented approach

Arizona State University is a forerunner in research productivity. More importantly, ASU research is use-inspired, socially embedded, a catalyst for change and innovation, and highly responsive to real-world problems. The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions leads the university in the production of research that has system-wide and largescale impact on a myriad of social, behavioral, economic, and political challenges. Through rigorous applied research, we are developing solutions with the potential to better our response to pressing issues and positively impact our communities locally, nationally and globally.

Solutions more often than not require work that gets out of academic silos. Although our disciplines appear diverse, the commonality is clear in the projects that we take on: social work and criminology share strong links around the cycles of victimization and criminality that must be broken; vibrant urban centers require efficient administration and robust public participation as much as safety and economic vitality.

A new study done at Arizona State University has, for the first time, quantified the health-care cost of women in Arizona who experienced trauma as children, pegging the amount at $260 million for...Read more

For a second year in row, ASU’s Social Embeddedness Network Conference was held virtually. But the Zoom-based conference was bigger, better...Read more

Elizabeth Lightfoot, new director, School of Social Work

Elizabeth Lightfoot will become the next director of the ASU School of Social Work (SSW) on July 1, Watts College of Public Service and Community...Read more

Early in his career, Anthony Fauci treated patients with AIDS before the disease had a name. Later, the physician-scientist contributed to research that changed the illness from a fatal one to a...Read more

Maricopa County residents realized a $4.85 return on investment for every dollar the county Parks and Recreation Department spent on operating costs at its eight parks in 2019, according to...Read more

The website shows rows of faces, many smiling, of Native American women and girls in Arizona who are gone — missing or murdered. No one has seen Jamie for over a year. Priscilla was kidnapped from...Read more

Researchers at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions have identified the first of 10 ZIP codes where during the next two years they will conduct 29,000 coronavirus tests...Read more

Arizona State University President Michael Crow honored members of the ASU community during the 2020 President’s Recognition Ceremony, which was held virtually on Oct. 7.

The annual event...Read more

Domestic violence was already considered an epidemic long before COVID-19 impacted the world, but the pandemic has caused...Read more

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