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Michael G. Curtis

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Reseach Assistant

Michael G. Curtis is a Doctoral Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

373 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



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


My research focuses on investigating the stress processes linking intersectional-traumatic stress to Black American sexual minority men’s increased risk of HIV exposure, substance use, and mental health problems. I am particularly interested in the protective effects of romantic relationships during emerging adulthood on these processes as it is a largely understudied yet highly important context within which health inequities can be perpetuated, exacerbated, or mitigated. 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.


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
Ad Hoc Reviewer Journal of Child and Family Studies 2021-current


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, Dr. Elizabeth Wieling, 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., Kogan, S. M., Mitchell, J., & Stephenson, R. (in press) Dyadic effects of enacted stigma, internalized homophobia, and communal coping on depressive symptoms among cisgender sexual minority male couples. Family Process.

Curtis, M. G., Karlsen, A. S., & Anderson, L. A. (in press) The fast tailed girl: Examining the adultification of Black female sexual assault survivors through Twitter feedback. violence against women. Violence Against Women.

Kelley, A. N., Curtis, M. G., & Wieling, E. (2021). Expanding the traumatic stress framework to incorporate a socioecological family systems perspective. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12682

Curtis, M. G., Ellis, E., Ann, S., Dai, Y., & Bermudez, J. M. (2020) A decade in review: Intersectionality within family studies and family therapy journals from 2010-2020. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 12(4) 510-528. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12399

Curtis, M. G., Oshri, A., Bryant, C. M., Bermudez, J. M., & Kogan, S. M. (2020) Contextual adversity and rural Black men’s masculinity ideology during emerging adulthood. Psychology of Men and Masculinities, doi: 10.1037/men0000319

[1]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

[1] Nominated for the Sexual and Relationship TherapyOutstanding Article of the Year Award for 2021


Curtis, M. G. & Boe, J. (September 30, 2021). #QuantCrit: Integrating CRT With Quantitative Methods in Family Science. NCFR Report: Dismantling Structural Inequality and Racism. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-report/fall-2021/quantcrit-integrating-crt-quantitative-methods-family-science

Working Papers

Curtis, M. G., and Boe, J. L. (abstract accepted, under review). The lived experiences of male sex workers: A qualitative meta-synthesis

Kogan, S. M., Reck, A., Zuercher, H., Curtis, M. G., Collins, C. & Augustine, D., S. M. (abstract accepted, under revie). The health costs of overcoming adversity: Divergent health and psychosocial effects of self-regulation among young Black men.

Kogan, S. M., Reck, A., Oshri, A., & Curtis, M. G. (under review) Childhood adversity, racial discrimination, and suicidal ideation among emerging adult Black Men: A prospective analysis. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Curtis, M. G., Collins, C., Augustine, D., Kwon, E., Reck, A., Zuercher, H., & Kogan, S. M. (under review) The transition to fatherhood, contextual stress, and substance abuse: A prospective analysis of rural, emerging adult Black American men. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Curtis, M. G., Boe, J. L., King, V. E., & Osborne, K. R. (under review) Quantitative Criticalism: Guidelines for Conducting Transformative Quantitative Family Science Research. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Morton, L. B. & Curtis, M. G. (under review). Who can i become? Black girls’ perceived life chances, schools, and misogynoir. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Curtis, M. G., Kogan, S. M., & Whalen, C. C. (manuscript in preparation). Contextual Pathways Linking Racial Discrimination to Rural Black American Men’s COVID Vaccine Hesitancy

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