Advancing Knowledge and Enriching Lives

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services advances science by guiding innovation in human services interventions. The center is strategically located at the crux of critical societal problems in urban Los Angeles, a vastly diverse setting that in many ways reflects many modern complex urban environments.

Secured by a $5 million endowment, the Hamovitch Center is organized as the hub of funded research activity at the school. For more than two decades, the center has provided research support services to faculty, staff and students, as well as to collaborators across USC and other leading research institutes both nationally and internationally. Approximately 90 percent of the research funding awarded to the School through the Hamovitch Center is received from several highly competitive federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Since 1997, the award portfolio of the center has grown from less than $1 million to more than $35 million. The center, which USC has designated an organized research unit, consistently ranks among the top five social work research institutes, as evidenced in the statistics the National Science Foundation releases annually.

The Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services maintains several strategic affiliations to promote research and scholarly activity, including an agreement for research development with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center based at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, representing a consortium of more than 100 investigators and staff from research organizations throughout the nation. In addition, the Hamovitch Center is home to the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, which is dedicated to translational research on aging minority populations; the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, the California Social Welfare Archives, which houses the most extensive and complete collection of social welfare history in Southern California; and the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work journal holdings, including three international journals.

The center also has a leading role in promoting evidence-based social work and translational research by actively working with and supporting the international Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations, several evidence-based clearinghouses and by hosting international conferences in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the world.