By the Numbers
in student aid +
93% employment rate within 6 months
paths of study and
field placements +
a student mentoring program
school of social work in the U.S. and
#1 in Ohio
world-class faculty with a
22 average faculty h-index
in funding at
9 research and training centers
Research and Training Centers

The Mandel School is home to nine research and training centers, including three Centers of Excellence, as well as First Year Cleveland, a community movement dedicated to reversing infant death rates and helping all babies celebrate their first birthdays. We facilitate authentic research and training collaborations between faculty and community partners, including human service agencies, service delivery systems and policy makers.

Many of our research and training initiatives are multidisciplinary involving multi-institutional partnerships that address broad social problems, social-work practice and policy. We emphasize dissemination, or using innovative research to enhance practice and service delivery in the community. Our reach is local, national and international. Our centers also provide several opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the research process.

Change Leader: Jill Paulsen (MNO ‘04)

Jill Paulsen (MNO '04) is the executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, one of the largest local public funders for arts and culture in the nation helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. In 2023 they will provide $12M to 300 local nonprofits using arts to strengthen the community.