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Financial Well-Being & Economic Justice

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‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The Financial Social Work Initiative will serve as a platform from which the University of Maryland School of Social Work will undertake a leadership role in building economic strength in communities. Capitalizing on both its academic infrastructure and community outreach services, the School will accelerate the integration of social work practice and theory into the evolving fields of individual and community wealth building. (PIs: Jodi Frey & Christine Callahan)

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The MLDS Center research branch conducts advanced statistical analyses to inform State and local education and workforce policy. The MLDS contains linked administrative data from the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, and the Maryland Department of Labor. (PI: Angie Henneberger)

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The mission of the University of Maryland Work, Family & Well-Being Research Group (WRG) is to bring together interdisciplinary scholars that share an interest in research on work and its intersection with well-being and/or family life, and connect these researchers with each other, policy makers, employers, and the media. (PI: Nancy Kusmaul & Corey Shdaimah)

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Developing and Testing a Brief Intervention for Problem Gambling in Credit Counseling

Problem gambling is a stigmatized problem that is often not adequately assessed and can contribute to significant financial distress and negative outcomes. This randomized control trial is testing the effectiveness of a unique brief intervention using motivational techniques and text messaging for individuals at-risk for problem gambling. The intervention is designed to help reduce gambling behavior and improve financial well-being among credit counseling clients who seek services within a national financial counseling organization, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Maryland (CCCSMD). (PIs: Paul Sacco & Jodi Frey)