Child and Family Lab

Seeking Graduate Students for Applied Research Projects

Earn MSW Research Credits & Sharpen Your Skills in Real-World Projects

Faculty focused on a variety of projects benefiting the health and well-being of children, youth, and families invite MSW applicants to partner with our lab. Students will work with faculty on an applied research project, allowing students to learn and practice research skills under expert mentorship while earning course credit.

Possible Projects

We will do our best to match you with a project within your area of interest. Here are some projects you may be part of:

Teenage pregnancy and parenting among Native Hawaiian youth: A mixed method study (Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio)

Factors of child maltreatment. (Dr. Meripa Godinet)


Can't Wait to Start But Not Sure Where to Begin?

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Credits Can I Earn?

Students can earn between 2 and 3 credits per semester. The credit amount depends on the workload decided in advance by the faculty member and student. You may work with a faculty member for a semester and earn 3 credits, or for two semesters and earn between 4 and 6 credits.

How Long Are the Projects?

Projects last 1-2 semesters.

What Kind of Credit Will I Earn?

You will earn Advanced Research credits (SW743/744 for 2 semesters; SW746 for 1 semester). It is also an option to earn Advanced Reading and Research credits (699) that may apply as electives towards your degree.

How Do I Apply?

Complete an application form and submit to Dr. Aparicio at

Child and Family Lab

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