Robert F. Schilling II, PhD

Robert F. Schilling II, PhD

inducted in 2011 Fellow

Robert Schilling is professor and chair, Department of Social Welfare, at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He received his MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and the University of Washington in 1986. A former foster parent and field instructor, he has held direct practice roles in child welfare and developmental disabilities settings. His scientific inquiry has emphasized drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, and intervention research.

While professor at Columbia University, he co-founded a large intervention research group, focusing on women drug users in jail, untreated cocaine and heroin users, and patients in methadone clinics, sexually transmitted disease clinics, and detoxification units. He was principal investigator of the New York City site of the NIMH Multisite HIV Prevention Trial — then the largest fully randomized HIV prevention trial ever conducted in the U.S. — with outcomes published in Science in 1998.

His later work has included studies of sexually transmitted disease patients in India and sex workers in China. Schilling has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. He received the James H. Nakano Citation for Outstanding Scientific Paper Published in 1994 from the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases.

In 2003, Schilling was listed as one of the most productive scholars in social work and, in 2006, he was listed among researchers above the 95th percentile distribution for extramural NIH grants over the last 25 years. He is the most cited social work scholar in the HIV/AIDS area. Schilling has been a member of NIH review panels and has chaired national panels and task groups. He continues to advance the position of science in social work.