Session: RCDC Research Roots & Wings Roundtable II: Social Work Research & Transdisciplinary Science: Navigating Epistemic Contribution and Scientific Collaborations to Solve Complex Problems (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

All in-person and virtual presentations are in Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

SSWR 2023 Poster Gallery: as a registered in-person and virtual attendee, you have access to the virtual Poster Gallery which includes only the posters that elected to present virtually. The rest of the posters are presented in-person in the Poster/Exhibit Hall located in Phoenix A/B, 3rd floor. The access to the Poster Gallery will be available via the virtual conference platform the week of January 9. You will receive an email with instructions how to access the virtual conference platform.

251 RCDC Research Roots & Wings Roundtable II: Social Work Research & Transdisciplinary Science: Navigating Epistemic Contribution and Scientific Collaborations to Solve Complex Problems

Saturday, January 14, 2023: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Paradise Valley, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Arati Maleku, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD, Boston University, Braden Linn, PhD, Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, Donte Boyd, PhD, The Ohio State University, Jelena Todic, PhD, The University of Texas at San Antonio, College for Health, Community and Policy, Department of Social Work, Daniel Hackman, PhD, University of Southern California, Praveen Kuman, PhD, Boston College and Megan Moore, PhD, University of Washington
The Grand Challenges for Social Work are a reminder of the need for social work professionals and more specifically researchers ready to engage in transdisciplinary collaborations. Transdisciplinary team science has been proposed as a strategy for addressing complex societal problems including inequity, health disparities, and social isolation. Different from interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity is rooted in six core principles: issue- or problem-centered, holistic, transcendence, emergence, innovation, and flexibility (Leavy, 2011). As such, transdisciplinary team science brings scholars from different disciplines and involves the integration and synthesis of knowledge and forms of knowing from across disciplines, which are unhindered by the theoretical and methodological restrictions of disciplinary boundaries and aims to catalyze innovation to address complex problems through collaboration (Nurius et al., 2017).

Although the last decade has seen a shift towards scientific collaboration, research training efforts have not consistently kept pace. Social work researchers, particularly early career researchers, have been continually engaged in transdisciplinary work, however, the position of social work in team science, epistemic contribution of social work in transdisciplinary knowledge, and the recognition of social work collaboration are little understood (Cootes et al. 2021; Moore et al., 2018). In addition, social work research remains insular when it comes to navigating the evident tensions in transdisciplinary research teams (Abendstern et al., 2022). Moreover, institutional rewards structures are not always designed to support the career development of team scientists nor are they designed to incentivize transdisciplinary team science. Successful participation in cross-disciplinary teams requires a willingness to navigate operational challenges related to interpersonal, interpersonal, cross-disciplinary, communication, and collaborative skills, depth of disciplinary expertise, as well as the ability to give and receive challenges to integrating new modes of thinking (Kemp & Nurius, 2015).

This roundtable will bring together a group of transdisciplinary team scientists at various stages of their academic careers to share their experiences navigating and negotiating scientific collaborations. In addition to sharing the impact of the research efforts designed to address complex societal problems, the team of scientists in this roundtable will also share actionable strategies that researchers can utilize to advocate for institutional support for team science and recognition of their contributions. Please bring your own experiences and perspectives to add to this timely conversation!

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