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Larry M. Gant

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Art and Design, School of Art and Design

Larry Gant's research focuses on neighborhood based responses to health disparities and social economic challenges in post-industrial cities in the United States and urban metropolitan areas in Europe, sub-Saharan African and China. Another strand of research includes the use of visual and performance arts based settlement house programs to create indigenous creative classes of residents for community capacity development.

Gant’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous private foundations.

Research Interests/Focus

Program evaluation, social action, community-based health programs, community organization and social planning; public health social work, international social work, arts-based community development, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS

Continuing Education Programs

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Art and Design, School of Art and Design


Year Degree   School
1986 PhD Social Work and Social Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1985 MA Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1981 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1979 AB Psychology University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN


Skillman Technical Assistance Center

Allen-Meares, P. G., Shanks, T. R., Gant, L. M.., Hollingsworth, L. & Miller, P. L. (2017). A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change: Partnering to Improve Life Outcomes for Youth and Families in Under-Served Neighborhoods. Oxford University Press.

Gutierrez, L., Brady, S., & Gant, L. (2017). Using arts and culture for community development in the US. In G. Craig (Ed.), Community Development, 'Race' and Ethnicity. Policy Press: Bristol, UK.

Gant, L. M. (2016). Evaluation of group work. Handbook of Social Work with Groups. New York: Guilford Press.

Lipscomb, L., Moffett, J., Gant, L. M., & Long, D. (2015). Homes for black children project: Building kinship bridges. In G. Wallace, L. Hernandez and J. Treinen (Eds.), Kinship Navigators: Profiles of Family Connections Projects from 2012 to 2015. 67-87. Child Welfare League of America Press.

Gant, L. M. (2015). Essentials of social support in HIV/AIDS service provision. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 14(4), 371-372.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Sanchez, N., Gant, L. M., Williams-Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P,, & Miller, P. L. (2014). In E. Zambone & L Gonzalez (Eds.), Providing Technical Assistance to Urban Communities: A Guide of Case Studies and Advice for Community Members. Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.

Gant, Z., Gant, L. M., Song, R. Willis, L., & Satcher-Johnson, A. (2014). A census tract-level examination of social determinants of health among Black/African American men with diagnosed HIV infection, 2005-2009-17 US areas. PLoS ONE, 9(9). Public Library Science.

Gant, L. M. (2014). Assessment and treatment of drug-using individuals with HIV/AIDS. In S. Straussner (Ed.), Clinical Work with Substance-abusing Clients (3rd ed.). 495-519. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Gutierrez, L. M., Gant, L. M., & Richards-Schuster, K. E. (Eds.). (2014). Community organization in the twenty-first century: Scholarship and practice directions for the future [Special Issue]. Journal of Community Practice, 22(1-2).

Gant, L. M. (2014). Substance use, emerging adults and HIV services in the third decade. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services.

Wyatt, G. E., Gomez, C. A., Hamilton, A. B., Valencia-Garcia, D., Gant, L. M., & Graham, C. G. (2013). The intersection of gender and ethnicity in HIV risk, interventions, and prevention: New frontiers for psychology. American Psychologist, 68(4), 247-260.

Shanks, T. R., Allen-Meares, P., Gant, L., & Williams, R. (2013). Take a second look at Detroit. Posted on the CEOS for Cities weblog.

Gant, L. M. (2012). The "Berlin Patient," prevention, and two conferences: Social service research responses? Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 11(3), 193-195.

Allen-Meares, P., Gant, L., Shanks, T., & Hollingsworth, L. (2011). Embedded foundations: Advancing community change and empowerment. Foundation Review, 2(3), 61-78.

Kossoudji, S., & Gant, L. (2011). GEAR-UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Five Year (2006-2011) Evaluation. Monograph. State of Michigan.

Golmann, E., Aiello, A., Uddin, M., Delva, J., Koenen, K., Gant, L. M., & Galea, S. (2011). Pervasive exposure to violence and posttraumatic stress disorder in a predominantly African-American urban community: The Detroit Neighborhood Health Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(6), 747-751.

Gant, L. M. (2011). Does "Following an (growing) Epidemic with (fewer) Dollars" lead to a declining significance of AIDS care and prevention? Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 10(4), 1-4.

Gant, L. M. (2010). HIV-related community organizing and grassroots advocacy. In C. C. Poindexter (Ed.), Handbook of HIV and Social Work: Principles, Practice, and Populations 159-172. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Volberding, P., Bartlett, J., del Rio, C., Flynn, P., Gant, L., Grant, I., & Williams, A. (2010). HIV and disability: Updating the Social Security listings. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine.

Volberding, P., Bartlett, J., del Rio, C., Flynn, P., Gant, L. M., Grant, I., Lane, C., Maxwell, C., Nass, H., Shoulson, I., & Williams, A. (2010). HIV and Disability: Updating the Social Security Listings. Washington, D.C.: Institute of Medicine.

Gant, L. M., Heath, K. M., & Eijkeme, G. G. (2009). Early motherhood, high mortality and HIV/AIDS rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Social Work in Public Health, 24, 39-46.

Gant, L. M., Benn, R., Gioia, D., & Seabury, B. (2009). Incorporating integrative health services in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 45(3), 405-425.

Hollingsworth, L. D., Allen-Meares, P., Shanks, T., & Gant, L. M. (2009). Using the miracle question in community engagement and planning. Families in Society, 90(3), 332-335.

Harris, K., Gant, L. M., Pitter, R., & Brodie, D. (2009). Associations between HIV risk, unmitigated communion, and relationship power in African-American women. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 8(4), 331-351.

Gant, L. M., Shimshock, K., Allen-Meares, P., Miller, P., Hollingsworth, L., & Shanks, T. (2009). Effects of Photovoice: Civic engagement among older youth in urban communities. Journal of Community Practice, 17(4), 358-376.

Gant, L. M., & Paley, J. (2009). Using global and international community practice case studies to enhance critical thinking about domestic community participation, social power and global connections in United States professional social work education. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 12(1), 4-18.

Kossoudji, S. & Gant, L. (2009). Evaluating GEAR-UP Over Time: Student Outcomes. State of Michigan.

Gant, L. M., & Gant, Z. C. (2008). Impact of poverty, sex ratios, and marital status on HIV infection rates among African-American Women in Mississippi. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 14(2), 7-19.

Woolley, M. E., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Gilster, M., Karb, R., Gant, L. M., & Reischl, T. (2008). Neighborhood social capital, poor physical conditions, and school achievement. Children and Schools, 30(3), 133-145.

Gant, L. M., & Gilbert, D. J. (2008). Introduction: Special Issue - HIV/AIDS and historically underserved populations. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 7(4), 309-312.

Gant, L. M. (2008). [Review of the book Activism against AIDS: At the intersection of sexuality, race, gender and class]. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 7(4), 417-421.

Kossoudji, S., & Gant, L. (2008). Two years of GEAR-UP: An evaluation. State of Michigan.

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