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Michael G. Curtis

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Reseach Assistant

373 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

Michael.Curtis@uga.edu

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.A. Psychology University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2015
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2017

Research

My research interests broadly center around the situational and environmental factors that influence the mental health and wellbeing of Black American men. I am specifically interested in how Black American Men develop their sexual and relational identities and how they acquire knowledge about those identities. My research endeavors are heavily influenced by the concept of intersectionality, the social-ecological model of social determinates of health, critical race theory, Black feminist theory, and a firm commitment to social justice praxis.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2020
Dr. Karen Wampler Marriage and Family Therapy Student Scholarship Award University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2019 & 2020
William J. Fanning Graduate Fellow University of Georgia, Graduate College 2019-current
Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2019-current
Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders Award American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) 2017
Master's Minority Fellowship Program American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 & 2018

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Apprentice Reviewer Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 2019-current
Ad Hoc Reviewer Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy 2019-current

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Program Mentor 2019

Advisory Committee

Dr. Steven M. Kogan (Co-Major Professor)

Dr. Elizabeth Wieling (Co-Major Professor)

Dr. Chalandra Bryant

Dr. Rosalyn Campbell

Current Research

In collaboration with Dr. Steven Kogan and the team for the African American Men's Project (AMP), I am investigating rural Black Men's experience of the COVID pandemic. Knowledge gained from this research will provide novel insights into scholar’s understanding of the pandemic and rural Black men's perceptions about its influence on their health behavior, their relationships with family friends and romantic partners, stressors and personal challenges, their ways of coping, and their attitudes about themselves, their relationships, and their lives.

Journal Articles

Curtis, M. G., Ellis, E., Ann, S., Dai, Y., & Bermudez, J. M. (in press) A decade in review: Intersectionality within family studies and family therapy journals from 2010-2020. Journal of Family Theory and Review.

Curtis, M. G., Oshri, A., Bryant, C. M., Bermudez, J. M., & Kogan, S. M. (in press) Contextual adversity and rural Black men’s masculinity ideology during emerging adulthood. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

Curtis, M.G., D’Aniello, C., Twist, M., Brents, B., & Eddy, B. (2019). ‘We are naked waitresses who deliver sex’: A phenomenological study of circumstantial sex workers’ lives. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 1-27, doi: 10.1080/14681994.2019.1689386

Curtis, M.G., Phenix, M, Monoz, M., & Hertlein, K. (2017). Video game therapy: Application of the couple and family technology framework. Contemporary Family Therapy, 39(2), 112-120. doi: 10.1007/s10591-017-9409-y

Publications

Madrigal, Yessenia, & Curtis, M. G. (2016). Health care limitations available to transgender teenagers: A systematic review of the literature. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Annual Journal, 8, 120-132

Curtis, M. G., & Hurlburt, R. (2015). Pre-traumatic factors of career-related PTSD: A systematic review of the literature. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Annual Journal, 7, 168-179

Working Papers

Curtis, M. G., Karlsen, A. S., & Anderson, L. A. (under review) The Fast Tailed Girl: Examining the Adultification of Black Female Sexual Assault Survivors through Twitter Feedback.

Kelley, A., Curtis, M. G.. Wieling, E (under review) Expanding the Traumatic Stress Model to Incorporate a Socioecological Family Systems Perspective.

Curtis, M. G. (in preparation) Predictors of bicultural identity integration among Queer Black & Latinx individuals living in the United States.

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