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Haluk Soydan - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Haluk Soydan Haluk Soydan

Senior Fellow for Global Research Impact Research Professor of Social Work Dept. of Social Change and Innovation | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Haluk Soydan researches program evaluation, systematic research reviews, and qualitative studies of how human services organizations work.



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Haluk Soydan, who joined in 2005, serves as associate dean for faculty affairs and is a senior fellow for global research impact. He is specifically responsible for clinical faculty, research professors, professors of practice, and part-time and adjunct faculty. Previously, he oversaw the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, where he helped the center’s portfolio grow from $3 million to more than $49 million. He also served as associate dean of research.

Soydan has been professor of social work at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm University, dean of social work at Orebro University, and visiting professor at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. For 10 years, he was the research director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, which is part of Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare. His research experience includes program evaluation, systematic research reviews, qualitative studies of how human services organizations work, service delivery among ethnic clients and patients, and core theoretical issues in social work research.

His scientific publications include more than 100 journal articles, 25 book chapters and 14 books, including The History of Ideas in Social Work (1999), which is published in three languages. He has received awards from The Swedish Association of Textbook Writers three times. In 2003, Soydan, Sandra Wilson and Mark Lipsey received the Pro Humanitate Award for “Intellectual Integrity and Moral Courage,” a meta-analysis article on what works among ethnic juvenile delinquents in the United States.
Soydan has supported the movement for evidence-based research in practice on an international level by serving as an invited expert at the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada; as the organizer of the 2002 Evidence-based Knowledge and Sustainable Social Development seminar at the United Nations; as a scientific adviser to the What Works in Crime and Justice Panel of the Swedish National Board of Correctional Services; and as board member of the Swedish National Integration Office. He is co-founder of the International Campbell Collaboration, which he co-chaired from 2001 to 2007.

He is the recipient of more than 10 prestigious awards, including the Zealous and Devoted Service to the Kingdom honor from the Swedish government in 2004 and the Excellence in Leadership and Creativity Award in 2011.

Education (2)

Uppsala University: Ph.D. 1975

Uppsala University: B.S. 1971

Areas of Expertise (3)

Community Organization Business Innovation

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing Research Education/Learning


Media Appearances (1)

Social Work hosts international conference on mental health

USC News  online


During the closing ceremony, Haluk Soydan, conference co-chair and associate dean of research at the School of Social Work, passed the reins of the ongoing conference series to a delegation from Singapore, where the next gathering will take place in 2016 ...

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Articles & Publications (2)

Intervention Research in Social Work Journal of Australian Social Work


This article examines the role and importance of intervention research in social work, namely to induce change to intentionally isolate or eradicate risk factors, activate and mobilise protective factors, reduce or eradicate harm, or introduce betterment beyond harm eradication. Intervention research is the main tool to support social work in understanding the outcomes of its interventions. This article outlines core components of the intervention research process. It elaborates on some of the serious challenges in intervention research. It concludes that to a certain extent, intervention research is a matter of life and death for the social work profession; understanding the effects of social work interventions is of monumental importance to the social work profession; intervention research is the most important purveyor of evidence on how social work interventions work; and intervention research is a very complex, costly, and time-consuming enterprise that is replete with challenges.

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Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work: Development of a New Professional Culture, Haluk Soydan and Lawrence A. Palinkas The British Journal of Social Work


Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work: Development of a New Professional Culture by Haluk Soydan and Lawrence A. Palinkas is a unique contribution to the field of social work practice. The title underscores the authors’ belief that social work practice is undergoing a renaissance with respect to the use, application and integration of evidence. The underlying thesis is that the profession of social work is at a historic juncture with respect to the use of evidence. The authors generate new discourse in relation to the application of evidence-based practice (EBP) to achieve a more collective and professional integration of evidence into organisational cultures. Soydan and Palinkas make the point that EBP is a process and not an end result—and that it should inform all aspects of social work, both on...

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