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Curtis VanderWall

Title: Associate Director, Center for Policy Research
Office Location: Nethery Hall
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B.S., Andrews University
M.S.W., University of Michigan
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University


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:

anderWaal, 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.

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