Curtis VanderWaal

Title: Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work
PhD, ACSW

Office Location: NH016
E-mail: vanderwa@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-6196


Education:

B.S., Andrews University
M.S.W., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University



Biography:

Curtis VanderWaal, MSW, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Social Work at Andrews University, where he has taught since 1990.  He is also Associate Director of the Center for Policy Research at the Institute for Prevention of Addictions.  He teaches classes in drug and alcohol addiction and treatment, group therapy, and values & ethics.  The majority of his research has focused on substance abuse treatment & prevention, social capital, and faith-based ministries.  He has been involved in 17 funded research projects, including funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the DeVos Family Foundations.  He has authored or co-authored over 20 journal articles or book chapters and participated in more than 50 research presentations.  He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal "Social Work and Christianity."  He is also a board member for Riverwood Center, the community mental health center for Berrien County.

Prior to coming to Andrews University, VanderWaal was a counselor at a community mental health center in Michigan.  He received his Master of Social Work (MSW) in 1987 from The University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. VanderWaal is a member of ACSW, NASW, CSWE, and Phi Alpha. He received the Student Advising Award from Andrews University in 1992; the Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998; and the Andrews University Teacher of the Year award in 1999.


Current Research or Professional Activities:

VanderWaal, C.J. (Principal Investigator), Ichoya, C.*, Trecartin, S.*, Bishop, R.*, Lewis, M.*, Wrenn, J., & Diaconu, M. The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI) is a national faith-based training program that prepares urban youth leaders to be more effective in their ministries. The evaluation has collected and analyzed survey data as well as focus group and case study interviews from 271 individuals participating in the project in nine cities around the country. This evaluation will help the staff and creators of DVULI to better understand the program's impact over the past nine years, with a focus on program strengths, challenges, and lessons learned in the process.

VanderWaal, C.J., McBride, D.C. (Principal Investigator), Bishop, R.*, & Rosales, K.*. Currently completing a project for the National Institute of Justice on the impact of methamphetamine precursor chemical laws on the production of methamphetamine in small toxic labs. The study involved quantitative aspects led by Dr. McBride and qualitative aspects led by Dr. VanderWaal.

*indicates students

Peer Review Publications with Students:

VanderWaal, C.J., Howell, M.D., Davis, D., & Opel, A.R*. (December 3013/January 2014).  Yielding to temptation:  How should we deal with students who try alcohol or drugs? Journal of Adventist Education. 76(2), 17-24

VanderWaal, C.J., Hernandez, E.I., & Sandman, A.R*. (2012).  The gatekeepers: Clergy involvement in referrals and collaboration with mental health and substance abuse professionals.  Journal of Social Work and Christianity, 39(1), 27-51.  

VanderWaal, C.J.,Hernandez, E.I., & Sandman, A.R.* (In press).  The gatekeepers: Clergy involvement in referrals and collaboration with mental health and substance abuse professionals.  Journal of Social Work and Christianity

VanderWaal, C.J., Hernandez, E.H., & Ippel, P., Sandman, A.R* & Sedlacek, D.  (2011, April).  The Role of African American Clergy in Reducing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities and Increasing Treatment Linkages for Congregants.  From Disparities Research to DisparitiesInterventions: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future of Behavioral Health Services Conference, Alexandria, VA.

VanderWaal, C.J., Ippel, P., Guydon, B., Reynolds, C.A. & Sandman, A.R.* (2011, February).  Church Chat: The Role of Pastors in Providing Church Members with Education, Support and Referrals to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Services.  Presented at the Michigan Community Mental Health Board Association Conference, Lansing, MI.

VanderWaal, C.J., Bishop, R.M.*, McBride, D.C., Rosales, K.*, Chriqui, J.F., O’Connor, J.C., & Terry-McElrath, Y.M. (2008, July). Controlling Methamphetamine Precursors: The View from the Trenches. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, NCJ 223480. Available: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/223480.pdf

VanderWaal, C.J., Hernandez, E.I., Trecartin, S.*, Diaconu, M., & Carlson, N. (2008, June). The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative: Evaluation of a Youth Ministry Training Program. White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: Innovations in Effective Compassion. Available at: http://innovationincompassion.hhs.gov/documents/DeVosUrban_CJV.PDF

VanderWaal, C.J., Taxman, F., & Gurka, M.* (2008). Reforming Drug Treatment Services to Offenders: Cross-System Collaboration, Integrated Policies, and A Seamless Continuum of Care Model. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 8(1), 127-153.

Peer Review Publications:

VanderWaal, C.J., Young, R.M., McBride, D.C., Chriqui, J.F*., & Terry-McElrath, Y.M.* (2013).  Smurfing in Small Toxic Meth Labs:  Impact of State Methamphetamine Precursor Polcies.  Journal of Policy Practice. 12(3), 231-255.

VanderWaal, C.J., Mayer, A.R.*, Cooper, K. & Racovita-Szilagyi, L. (December 2013/January 2014).  Balancing justice and mercy:  Redemptive ways of dealing with student substance use.  Journal of Adventist Education, 76(2), 40-47.

Baltazar, A., Hopkins, G., McBride, D.C., VanderWaal, C.J., Pepper, S. & Mackey, S. (2012).  Parental Influence on Inhalant Use.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.  22 (1), 25-37.

Gavin, J., Ellis, W., & VanderWaal, C.J. (2012).  Checking the Political Pulse of the University:  Findings from the 2012 SDA Religion and Social Issues Survey.  Spectrum, 40(4), 52-64.

Baltazar, A., Hopkins, G., McBride, D.C., VanderWaal, C.J., Pepper, S. & Mackey, S. (In press).  Parental Influence on Inhalant Use.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse

McBride, D.C., Terry-McElrath, Y.M., Chriqui, J.F., O’Connor, J.C., VanderWaal, C.J., & Mattson, K.L. (2011).  State methamphetamine precursor policies and changes in small toxic lab methamphetamine production.  Journal of Drug Issues, 41(2), 253-282.

VanderWaal, C.J. (2010).  The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative: Executive Summary.  In Eardley, R.W.   Measuring Freedom: A Handbook on Program Evaluation, pp. 194-207.  Acton Institute: Grand Rapids, MI.

Jones, Ann-Marie C., Sedlacek, David & VanderWaal, Curtis J. (2010). The Role of Gatekeeping in Maintaining Program Integrity. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE): 56th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2010, Portland, OR – oral paper presentation.

  Wrenn, Jan F. & VanderWaal, Curtis J. (2010). The MSW Portfolio: Integrating Competencies and Practice Behaviors. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE): 56th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2010, Portland, OR – oral paper presentation.

VanderWaal, Curtis J., Hernandez, Edwin I., Sedlacek, David, & Sandman, Alix* (2010). Clergy involvement in congregants’ substance abuse problems and treatment referrals. Addiction Health Services Research Conference (October 25-27, 2010) – poster presentation.

  Jones, Ann-Marie & VanderWaal, Curtis J. (2010). Project Get Connected: An African American Church-Community Collaboration to Improve Mental Health Education, Support and Referrals. North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention, November 11-14, 2010, Durham, NC. – oral paper presentation.
 
McBride, D.C., Terry-McElrath, Y.M., VanderWaal, C.J., Chriqui, J.F., & Myllyluoma, J. (2008, February). US Public Health Agency Involvement in Youth-Focused Illicit Drug Policy, Planning, and Prevention at the Local Level, 1999-2003. American Journal of Public Health, 98(2), 270-277. McBride, D.C.,

Terry-McElrath, Y.M., Chriqui, J.F., O’Connor, J.C., & VanderWaal, C.J. (2008, July). The Relationship between State Methamphetamine Precursor Laws and Trends in Small Toxic Lab (STL) Seizures. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, NCJ 223467. Available: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/223467.pdf

Terry-McElrath, Y.M., McBride, D.C., Chriqui, J.F., O’Malley, P.M., VanderWaal, C.J., Chaloupka, F.J., & Johnston, L.D. (2008). Evidence for Connections between Prosecutor-Reported Marijuana Case Dispositions and Community Youth Marijuana-Related Attitudes and Behaviors. Crime & Delinquency. Peer

Presentations and Posters with Students:

Baltazar, A., VanderWaal, C.J. & Conopio, K.D.* (2013, November).  Adventist college student perceptions of health risk behaviors.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Human Subjects Research Conference, Summit on Nurture and Retention, Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, MD.

VanderWaal, C.J., Gavin, J.T., Mayer, A.R.*, & Ellis, W. (2013, November).  The Relationships between Volunteering and Religious Behaviors among Seventh-day Adventist Faculty & Staff:  Preliminary Findings.  Poster presentation at the Andrews University University Celebration of Research, Berrien Springs, MI.

McBride, D.C., Hopkins, G., Baltazar, A., VanderWaal, C.J., & Conopio, K.D.* (2013, November).  Family dinners and substance use and sexual activity in a prohibitionist university population.  Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Boston, M.A.

 Royo, D*., Elliott, T.*, Nelson, K.*, & VanderWaal, C.J. (2009, March). Social services in Seventh-day Adventist congregations: Integrating the Unruh and Sider framework. Presented at the Adventist Association of International Social Work Conference, Huntsville, AL.

VanderWaal, C.J., Hernandez, E.I., Trecartin, S*., Diaconu, M., & Carlson, N. (2008, June). The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative: Evaluation of a Youth Ministry Training Program. Presented at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: Innovations in Effective Compassion Conference, Washington, D.C. Available at: http://innovationincompassion.hhs.gov/documents/DeVosUrban_CJV.PDF

VanderWaal, C.J., & Royo, D.* (2008, October). Teaching Critical Thinking to Combat Political Spin and Sloppy Research. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

VanderWaal, C.J. & Royo, D.* (2008, November). Teaching Critical Thinking to Combat Political Spin and Sloppy Research. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Peer Presentations and Posters by Faculty:

Gavin, J.T., Ellis, W., & VanderWaal, C.J. (2013, November).  Right in our own backyard.  The role of volunteering on church attendance and retention among Seventh-day Adventist faculty and staff.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Human Subjects Research Conference, Summit on Nurture and Retention, Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, MD.

Baltazar, A., VanderWaal, C.J., McBride, D.C., & Hopkins, G. (2012, November)  “My Body is God’s Temple”:  Self-Identified Reasons for Not Engaging in Risk Behaviors Among Adventist Young Adults.  Presented at the Towards New Horizons in Adventist Research Conference, Berrien Springs, MI.

 McBride, D.C., Chriqui, J.F., O’Connor, J.C., VanderWaal, C.J., Terry-McElrath, Y.M., & Mattson, K. (2008, July). Controlling Methamphetamine Precursors: From Policy to Practice – An Overview. Presented at the National Institute of Justice Drugs and Crime Conference in Washington, D.C.

McBride, D.C., VanderWaal, C.J., Helm, H., Matthews, L., Wrenn, J., & Proctor, D. (2008, April). Parallel and intersecting approaches for mentoring students and faculty. Presented at the 9th Annual Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in South Bend, Indiana.

 VanderWaal, C. J. (2009, November). Why can't we all get along? Interdisciplinary research teams in mixed-methods studies. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

VanderWaal, C. J. Terry-McElrath, Y. T. McBride, D. C., Chriqui, J. F., Johnston, L., & O'Malley, P. (2008, Octover). No News is Bad News: Methamphetamine Precursor Laws and Youth Amphetamine-Related Outcomes. Presented at the Addications Health Services Research Conference in Boston, MA.

Wrenn, J. & VanderWaal, C. J. (2009, November). Assessment of MSW Learning: Refinements in the Use of Portfolios. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.


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