The Social Intervention Group (SIG) is a multidisciplinary research center at the Columbia University School of Social Work that focuses on developing and testing effective prevention and intervention approaches and disseminates them to local, national, and international communities. SIG leadership and students established the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) in 2007 to extend the SIG mission globally. SIG and GHRCCA share key leaders and faculty, and a cross cultural learning approach.
The research addresses the co-occurring problems of HIV, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and trauma, placing particular emphasis on the overlap and connections among these issues. SIG is committed to advancing the science of intervention and prevention research among highly vulnerable populations and envisions a future where all people affected by HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, trauma and other emerging social problems will have access to effective interventions and resources to improve their lives.
Since 1990, SIG has primarily focused on intervention and prevention research on HIV, drug abuse, IPV and trauma for vulnerable populations. SIG will continue to conduct rigorous research, employing novel intervention approaches to address these co-occurring problems, and using state-of-the-art research designs and analytic methods. SIG leadership and students established the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) in 2007 to extend the SIG mission globally. SIG and GHRCCA share key leaders and faculty, and a cross cultural learning approach: lessons learned in domestic and international projects influence each other and shape new and innovative approaches to community research design and methods. SIG and its affiliates are currently conducting research in the United States, Central Asia, and Malaysia.