Jorge Delva, MSW, PhD

Director and Paul Farmer Professor

Photograph of: Jorge Delva headshot


Appointed Dean and Professor of Social Work in January 2018, Dr. Delva is a national leader in the field. His multi- and trans-disciplinary research seeks to reduce health disparities and improve the lives of low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations.  His scholarship has made substantial contributions to advancing our understanding of psychosocial-cultural mechanisms associated with substance-using behaviors among Hispanic/Latino, African American, and American Indian populations, as well as with populations in Latin America. He is an elected Fellow of the Society for Social Work Research and a past Editor-in-Chief of Social Work, the flagship publication of the National Association of Social Work.

Dr. Delva serves on an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), which will conduct a review of outcomes achieved by four programs funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Building Communities of Recovery, State Pilot Grant Program for Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women; First Responders; and Improving Access to Overdose Treatment.  

Prior to BU, Dr. Delva was the Kristine A. Siefert Collegiate Professor of Social Work and director of the Communities Engagement Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research at the University of Michigan. He was a faculty associate in the American culture department’s Latina/o studies program.