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The Curtis Center welcomes new Curtis Center associate director, Trina Shanks

Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center

Our Mission

The Curtis Center's Mission is to eliminate mental health and health care access disparities with the aim of helping underserved populations live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

Brad Zebrack Brad Zebrack, PhD
Curtis Center Director

Trina Shanks Trina Shanks​, PhD
Associate Director

The Curtis Center collaborates with faculty, university-community partners and students to create social change through research and evaluation excellence.

The Center provides:

  • Faculty Support
    Support includes: administrative support for faculty research workgroups, and educational and research community building programming.
  • Program Evaluation Services
    Established in September 2011, the Program Evaluation Group at the University of Michigan School of Social Work engages the community to provide professional evaluation services while matching students’ educational goals with projects.
  • Postdoctoral Training
    The program emphasizes the training and development of social work academicians who can assume leadership roles in research, evaluation, teaching, and service. Selected fellows partner with a team of experienced faculty mentors with strong publication and external funding experience.

Welcome to the Curtis Center


I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Curtis Center as director and would like to express my commitment to create and reinforce an environment that promotes the achievement of meaningful discoveries that improve the lives of people in need.

I would like to first acknowledge and express my gratitude for all of Joe Himle’s work as the center’s first director (2009-2015). The center has a strong infra-structure and a core of exceptionally talented staff. I look forward to further realizing the center’s potential and establishing it as a world class research institute worthy of its location on the campus of a world class university. Our first step in achieving this goal will be to engage in a strategic planning initiative that will focus on positioning the Curtis Center toward the advancement of the mission of our school and the goals of our profession for the 21st century. 

I welcome those of you who share my commitment to research that enhances people’s lives and changes society to join in the activities of the Curtis Center

Bradley J. Zebrack
Director, The Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center

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