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Knee Center for Strong Families

Our Mission

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Supporting the creative development and application of scholarship to improve family functioning and quality of life in the State of Oklahoma and abroad.


Our Vision Statement

The Knee Center for Strong Families aims to be a premier hub for translational knowledge development and dissemination related to healthy family functioning. To do this we are focused on harnessing novel and creative approaches that improve the human condition. We approach our mission from an applied science perspective and recognize social work research as an active intervention focused on the improvement of lives and relationships. We believe in reciprocally beneficial community-based interactions that span traditional silos of scholarship and incorporate diverse community and academic partnerships. The Knee Center is committed to continued self-evaluation, and evolution, to ensure the needs of our most vulnerable in the state of Oklahoma, and aboard, are being served by the projects the center supports. We endeavor to be an open and accessible research partner for community-based services and agencies in need. The Knee Center for Strong Families operates from a perspective of empowerment and is committed to multilevel translation of research to improve the quality of life for all people.

Priority Research Clusters

The Knee Center is committed to engagement in scholarship of issues that people encounter across the lifespan. This includes multiple areas of gerontological social work and positive aging as well as healthy child development and youth empowerment, among others. This work has been a mainstay of the Knee Center since inception.

Some of the greatest protective factors in people’s lives come from their families and personal relationships. The Knee Center is committed to purposeful research that addresses the epidemic(s) of family, domestic, and relational violence as well as the development of mechanisms to support healthy relationship development and personal power.

The Knee Center supports the incorporation of creative activity in social work practice and education. From the use of art in clinical settings, to creative and artistic research methodologies, to the infusion of the arts and creative activity in the classroom, this cluster is broadly defined. Work in this area is entered on expanding knowledge related to connections between creative activity and personal and professional development. 

The Knee Center for Strong Families
Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
700 Elm Ave.
Room 220, Zarrow Hall
Norman, OK 73069

David McLeod, Coordinator