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.

Welcome to the Curtis Center

Joe Himle The Curtis Center collaborates with faculty members, community and University partners, and students to create social change through research and evaluation excellence.  The Center is the research incubator, evaluation training, and research support services center at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  The Center focuses on underserved populations in need and aligns itself with the belief that “The true measure of a society’s worth is how it treats its most vulnerable individuals.”

Center research support services include expert research consultations beginning with the early conceptual phase to assisting investigators after initial funding, a pilot grant program supporting for innovative early-stage projects, postdoctoral fellowships, research workgroup support, educational programming, and doctoral research awards.  The dynamic program evaluation group is a training lab for students focused on program evaluation science while meeting community need for evaluation services.  The program evaluation group and the research support activities work together toward a common aim to make meaningful discoveries that improve the lives of people in need.

I invite you to collaborate with the Curtis Center to create social change through research and evaluation excellence.

Joseph A. Himle
Director, The Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center, Associate Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry, Medical School

Research Support Services

Research support services help our faculty members and students: team and one on one research consultations, faculty pilot grant program, postdoctoral fellowship, doctoral travel awards, work group support and research education and community building events.

For information about research support services, contact Curtis Center Coordinator Shari Grogan-Kaylor.

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Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group

Sue Ann SavasThe mission of the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group is to train Master’s Level Social Work students and recent graduates in program evaluation by providing comprehensive evaluation services to a broad range of community-based agencies.

Sue Ann Savas
Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, CC-PEG Director

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How The Curtis Center Can Help

The Curtis Center provides individualized research consultation meetings for faculty members pursuing projects at every stage in the research process from idea generation to manuscript revision. In consultation with the investigator, outside experts with particular knowledge related to the project can be included in the consultation team with support from the Curtis Center. The Curtis Center team members also provide individual consultations that focus primarily on research design and statistical methodology.

Interested in a consultation?  Contact Shari Grogan-Kaylor.

Our consultation team members provide individual and group consultations, including, but not limited to helping with:

Research project design & conceptualization
Questionnaire & instrument development
Methods selection
Data collection
Qualitative research methods

Statistical software support and specific statistical methods:

  • Structural equation modeling
  • Multilevel modeling & analysis
  • Complex survey data analysis
  • Psychometric analysis & scale development
  • Survey data logistic regression
  • Analysis of covariance in randomized control trial
Manuscript preparation & submission & revision
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