Submission Deadline: September 11, 2019

The Society for Social Work and Research special interest groups (SIGs) facilitate networking opportunities for conference attendees to discuss in greater depth a specific social work research, policy or practice. We are now accepting requests to convene a SIG meeting (new or existing) at the SSWR 2020 Annual Conference.  As you may know, especially those of you who have held SIG meetings at SSWR over the years, the SIGs are an important component of the annual conference. SSWR provides a meeting space and time on the annual conference agenda; however, no other services will be provided.


In order to facilitate the meetings of special interest groups (SIGs), it is necessary that all pre-existing and new SIGs submit a request to convene a SIG. Please see the lists below for SIGs held in 2019. If you would like to convene one of these groups or convene a new group, please complete the online survey at by September 11, 2019. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume that the SIG with which you are associated does not plan to convene during the 2020 annual conference.


Starting with the 2019 conference, SSWR, as part of its governance structure, has legal responsibility for SIG meetings at the conference and therefore approved the legal status of the Special Interest Groups that meet at the SSWR annual conference as “committees of the incorporation.”  The convener/co-conveners of the SIG will serve as chair/co-chair of the committee.

SIG requests must include the following information.

  • Basic information (e.g. SIG name, convener and co-conveners, anticipated SIG attendance)
  • Activities (e.g., SIG meetings in addition to those held at SSWR, communications to SIG attendees)
  • Legal status (e.g., non-profit entity, for-profit entity, incorporation status)
  • Description (e.g., 100-word description of your SIG)

SIG convener/co-convener requirements include

  • Membership – all conveners/co-conveners must be current members of SSWR when they request the SIG and must be current members for the 2020 membership year (January 1 – December 31, 2020).
  • Conveners must complete a post-conference report (e.g., provide the number of attendees and a narrative summary of your SIG meeting). A separate questionnaire will be sent to you in January 2020 which must be completed by January 31, 2020.

IMPORTANT: Failure to adhere to these requirements will impact future SIG requests.

The SIGs will be scheduled for either Friday (January 17) or Saturday (January 18), 7:00 am – 8:00, am, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, or 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Due to the complexity of the schedule we cannot consider scheduling requests. Meeting space is limited. We will confirm your request via e-mail by mid-October 2019. Confirmed SIGs will be listed in the conference program and will indicate the meeting room assignment.

If you have any questions about SIG meetings, please contact DeeJay Garringo, program director, at or 703- 352-7797, ext. 2.


SIGs held at the SSWR 2019 Annual Conference
Achieve equal opportunity and justice (Grand Challenge)
Addictive Behaviors and Substance Misuse
Advance long and productive lives (Grand Challenge)
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Aging Research, Policy, and Advocacy Network
American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Global Indigenous Populations
Associate Deans for Research
Build financial capability for all (Grand Challenge)
Campbell Collaboration- Systematic Reviews
Caucus of LGBT Faculty and Students in Social Work
Changing Urban and Global Environments: Research and Intervention
Child protection in China
Child Welfare Research
Child Welfare System-Involved LGBTQ Youth
Close the health gap (Grand Challenge)
Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health: Unleashing the Power of Prevention (Grand Challenge)
Community and Neighborhood Research
Create social responses to a changing environment (Grand Challenge)
Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Data Science in Social Work Research
Disaster Research
Doctoral Education
Editorial Board, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
End-of-Life Care
Eradicate social isolation (Grand Challenge)
Father Related Research
Foster Care Alumni and Higher Education
Global Justice and Forensic Research, Practice, Education, and Advocacy
Grand Challenge to reduce extreme economic inequality (Grand Challenge)
Harness technology for social good (Grand Challenge)
Homelessness (Grand Challenge)
Human Trafficking
Immigration and refugees studies
Implementation Research Special Interest Group
Instructors for Research Methods for BSW/MSW students
Integrated Health Research Group
Interprofessional, Interdisciplinary, Transdisciplinary Practice and Research
Life Course Trauma, Oppression, and Well-Being: Research, Practice, Advocacy, Education
Maternal and Infant Mental Health SIG
Mental Health Stigma
Organizations and Management
Promote smart decarceration (Grand Challenge)
Research with Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families
Rural Behavioral Health
School Social Work and School-Based Research
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Social Justice in Social Work Education, Practice, and Research
Social Media for Social Work Research
Social Work and Anthropology
Social Work and Research with Muslims
Social Work in Sports
South Asian Faculty and Staff in Social Work
Southern Schools of Social Work-History, race, and political climate
Stop family violence (Grand Challenge)
System Science in Social Work: Social Network, Agent-Based Modeling, Systematic Dynamics
Tenure-Track Professors of Social Work and Social Welfare
The Collaborative on Healthy Parenting in Primary Care
Transracial Adoption
Trauma Informed Care
Violence Against Women and Children
Work, Family, & Family Policy
Youth Participatory Research and Practice