Social Work

The pandemic’s impact on individual generosity

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect people’s volunteering, donating, and helping behaviors? A report by SP2 faculty and students summarizes a nationally representative study aiming to answer this question.

From the School of Social Policy & Practice

Researching depression in low-income women

The importance of addressing depression among low-income women in multiple contexts is a theme of recent research by April Ivey, Jacqueline Corcoran, and others at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

From the School of Social Policy & Practice

Sex workers’ rights

A Fulbright award augments Toorjo Ghose’s work to document and support the social movement happening among sex workers in India against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kristina García

Understanding migration and the arts

In the latest episode of Penn Today’s “Understand This …” podcast series, Obed Arango of the School of Social Policy & Practice, alongside Wolf Humanities Graduate Fellow Shelley Zhang, discuss migration, the arts, and identity.

Brandon Baker

In the News

Counseling Schools

Preventing gun violence and reducing trauma in the United States

Susan B. Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice says firearm violence permeates society and “mental health professionals bring a particular perspective that is needed to reduce trauma and prevent shootings.”


KNKX (Seattle-Tacoma)

Tacoma gave families $500 a month for a year. Could something similar happen across the state?

Researchers at the Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the School of Social Policy & Practice say that Tacoma’s basic income pilot program has promising data but requires more rigorous analysis.



How America is grappling with homelessness

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice discusses the best way to address unhoused populations.



A hard look at New York’s controversial new approach to the homeless

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that people experiencing homelessness cannot be actively and effectively treated without being in a place where they can take care of themselves.


KQED Radio (San Francisco)

How Twitter became one of the world’s preferred platforms for sharing ideas

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton says that Twitter has issues that need to be fixed, but that the tool has more hope and potential than negativity.



Abolition and the child welfare system w/ Dorothy Roberts

On an episode of “Law and Disorder,” PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts addresses the widespread impact and damage done to Black Americans by agencies like Child Protective Services.