Research & Biography

J. 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, Child Welfare Practice, and Child and Family Behavioral and Cognitive Interventions.

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

  • developing and testing new models of treatment foster care,
  • improving the delivery of psychiatric service to foster care populations, including psychotropic medications,
  • and bringing evidence supported mental health interventions into foster care.

He also is involved in efforts to study and develop the social service workforce that is charged with monitoring and improving quality. He currently is planning a national survey of quality improvement professionals in children's mental health.

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.

For 17 years, he served on the faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. He joined the SSA faculty in January 2011.