Curt VanderWaal

Chair Social Work

Curtis VanderWaal, PhD, MSW, is Chair and Professor of Social Work at Andrews University, where he has taught since 1990. He is also Director of the Center for Community Impact Research at the Institute for Prevention of Addictions. He teaches classes in drug and alcohol addiction and treatment, values and ethics, and program evaluation. The majority of his research has focused on addiction treatment, prevention and faith-based ministries and he regularly publishes and presents in these areas. He has completed numerous program evaluations, including projects for the United Way of Southwest Michigan, National Record for the Blind, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the DeVos Family Foundations.

VanderWaal received his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1987 from The University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Social Welfare in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served on the board of Riverwood Center, the community mental health center for Berrien County, since 1998.