A Half-Century of Social Work Research: Advances and New Challenges

  • Allen Rubin University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Keywords: Social work research, evidence-informed practice, empirically supported treatments, bridging the research-practice gap


This article provides an autobiographical account of the evolution and role of social work research since the beginning of my career as a social worker in the late 1960s. It traces the bumpy road from the days when the profession’s attitude about research was, at best, ambivalent to today’s emphasis on evidence-informed practice and empirically supported treatments. It ends by identifying several new challenges and their implications for future efforts to help further bridge the gap between research and practice in social work.

Author Biography

Allen Rubin, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Ph.D., Kantambu Latting College Professorship for Leadership and Change