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Research Interests

Professor Lough earned his BS in Sociology in 2000 and his MSW in 2003 from Brigham Young University, and his PhD in 2010 from the George W. Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Lough has extensive international research experience, having recently served as a resident consultant to the United Nations in Germany, an independent consultant to the Department of Human and Social Services of American Samoa, program evaluator for Mayan Tree in Guatemala, and program evaluator for the Foundation for International and Community Assistance in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.  In addition to considerable research and teaching experience, Dr. Lough also worked as a clinical social worker. His research interests include: international volunteering and service, community development, nonprofit management, and social work education.  His teaching interests include: social welfare policy practice, community and organizational practice, international social work, and evaluation of programs and services.


BS, Sociology, Brigham Young University, 2000

MSW, Brigham Young University, 2003

PhD, Social Work, Washington University, 2010

Education/Academic qualification

Social Work, PhD, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis


Award Date: May 15 2010

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Research Output

Applied social research: Aiming for impact

Sherraden, M., Lough, B. J., Sherraden, M. S., Shanks, T. R. W. & Huang, J., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. 10, 4, p. 545-570 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Determinants of Serving a Mission: Senior Volunteering Among Latter-Day Saints

    Heist, H. D., Cnaan, R. A. & Lough, B. J., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Sexual and gender minoritized youth in christian home schools: Perceptions of climate and support

    Anderson, S. O. & Lough, B. J., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of LGBT Youth.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effective practices of international volunteering for health: Perspectives from partner organizations

    Lough, B. J., Tiessen, R. & Lasker, J. N., Jan 24 2018, In : Globalization and Health. 14, 1, 11.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Press / Media

    International Volunteering

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    Service-Learning in Higher Education

    Benjamin James Lough


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    Publication Award

    Benjamin James Lough


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