Derr Publishes on New Technologies for Research

January 9, 2014

Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr co-authored “Increasingly mobile: How new technologies can enhance qualitative research,” with Carrie Ann Moylan, Binghamton University, and Taryn Lindhorst, University of Washington, in Qualitative Social Work. In their article, the authors describe how emerging technologies can be used in data collection, analysis, and dissemination to improve research processes.

“We looked at how smart phones, tablet computing, and improved Internet access can increase efficiency and improve workflow for researchers,” Derr said. “There is no doubt that as technology improves and becomes more accessible research methodologies can keep pace in ways that enhance the qualitative research process. In this article we highlight exciting technologies such as Dedoose, Scrivener,, Dragon, Evaer, and many others that are great additions to the researcher’s digital toolkit."

Derr joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2013. She teaches integrated social work practice, qualitative and quantitative research methods, social work history, social work with immigrants and refugees, and international social work.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.