Parents

Helping Parents to Be Their Best

Assistant professor Paul Lanier investigates if parenting programs designed for fathers are effective.

Assistant professor Paul Lanier investigates if parenting programs designed for fathers are effective.

Assistant professor Paul Lanier investigates if parenting programs designed for fathers are effective. He works with the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, a collaborative national project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Paul and his collaborators study fathers in four states (North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Maryland) to determine if those fathers have adequate social support systems, including sources for nonjudgmental advice and regular encouragement for their parenting efforts.

Through his engagement of doctoral students in research activities, Paul provides mentorship and educational opportunities that amplify the impact of his research.

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Generating Opportunities

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Creating a more inclusive environment

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Paving the Way

“Such attention and support from Carolina set me on a career path of 36 years…”

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Mental Health First Aid Training

"The training addresses issues that are not talked about but practically everyone deals with..."

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Improving Child Welfare

"One thing won't change. I'm a social worker."

Community

Developer of peer support specialist program has few peers

"...even when I could not do anything but listen...sometimes that’s all that is required."

Global Impact

A New Center for International Impact

Led by associate professor Gina Chowa, the new Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) research center supports a team of researchers who are collaborating with partners locally and abroad to produce evidence, develop interventions and impact policy to improve the economic and social welfare of women, youth and their families globally. 

Research

A Research Reputation

The UNC School of Social Work offers doctoral studies that are consistently ranked among the best in the world.