Research & Biography

Curtis McMillen is a Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He teaches direct practice courses in the master of social work program, including Social Intervention-Direct Practice I and II, and Child and Family Behavioral and Cognitive Interventions. He also teaches a course called Quality Monitoring and Improvement in the Social Services.

He focuses his work around improving mental health services for children and youth in foster care. These efforts include:

  • developing and testing interventions for youth in the foster care system;
  • helping youth develop emotion regulation capacities and helping their caregivers better de-escalate young people in the midst of an emotion episode.
  • developing the capacity of the social service workforce that is charged with monitoring and improving quality.

Professor McMillen received his B.A. in Psychology from Trinity University, his M.S.W. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He has worked in residential, in-patient pyschiatric care, foster care and treatment foster care programs. He joined the SSA faculty in January 2011.

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