The Social Science Research Institute supports and administers public and private grants and contracts for faculty throughout the University. Thus it has no single focus, but is responsive to faculty interests. Still, patterns of interdisciplinary emphasis do emerge. Principal among these in recent years are the following:

  • Community Program Evaluation, including community policing, at-risk juvenile interventions, curriculum enrichment in local schools, and city-wide gang prevention initiatives.
  • Drugs and Alcohol, including assessment of risk in alcohol and drug abuse, and effects of alcohol use on such outcomes as information processing, crime, and adolescent violence.
  • Emergency Medical Projects, including studies of emergency medical system responses and the victims of interpersonal violence among ER admissions.
  • Mental Illness, including psychosis treatment outcomes, psychopathic personality, maternal depression and child outcomes, conduct disorder, effects of brain deficits, and risk factors for schizophrenia.
  • Violence, including street gang structures and migration, gang-related homicides, protective factors in gang joining, female gangs, patterns of urban adolescent violence, bio- social predictors of violence, and cholesterol and violence.
  • Welfare Reform, including the study of how community organizations respond to and participate in the implementation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other changes in support programs for the poor in Los Angeles County.

Recent individual projects developed through SSRI include: risk and decision making, earthquakes and human stress, the role of sport in society, child abuse and neglect, and environmental designs and crime prevention.

SSRI Research Centers

  • Center for Longitudinal Research
  • Center for Research in Crime and Social Control
  • Steering Committee for the Study of Sport in Society

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