Dr. Beaulaurier’s scholarship focuses on the social and health issues of older adults who are difficult to reach, marginalized and stigmatized. His recent scholarship focuses on their risk for HIV/AIDS, intimate partner abuse and disability.
His work focuses on maximizing consumer involvement in exploring and expanding the range of choices and options, preparing consumers to deal more effectively with professionals and agencies and empowering people to seek policy and program alternatives to improve their situations in the way they understand to be most appropriate.
Dr. Beaulaurier has methodological expertise in qualitative methods. He has frequently been called upon to design qualitative methodologies, train interview and focus group leaders in interviewing and group management techniques, particularly with special populations such as Spanish speakers, older people and people who have been diagnosed with severe mental illness. He has had grant funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Hartford Foundation, the Florida Department of Health and other organizations.
Dr. Beaulaurier is a commissioner and executive committee member of the Commission on Accreditation at the Council on Social Work Education. The commission is responsible for review and accreditation of social work programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Dr. Beaulaurier is also the coordinator for the doctoral program in social welfare housed in the School of Social Work.