Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he received the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service, and he is Lecturer on Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University. In addition to eight editions of Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, five editions of a brief edition with Dan Chambliss, Making Sense of the Social World, and four other coauthored versions—for the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education—he has published two books recently with Harvard University Press–Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Schutt, 2011) and Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (Schutt, Seidman, Keshavan, co-editors, 2015 in press), as well as Organization in a Changing Environment (Schutt, 1986), The Organizational Response to Social Problems (Hartwell and Schutt, co-editors, 2001), and Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice (Schutt and Garrett, 1992). He has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports on homelessness, mental health, organizations, law, and teaching research methods. His current research, funded by the Veterans Administration, tests the value of peer support for formerly homeless veterans and he has recently led evaluations of a Massachusetts Department of Public Health coordinated care program and of the processes involved in a teen empowerment program. His primary research interests concern social relations between individuals and with social organizations, the factors that shape the impact of housing, employment, and services for severely mentally ill persons, and the service preferences of service recipients and service personnel. He has also studied influences on well-being, satisfaction, and cognitive functioning; processes of organizational change and the delivery of case management; decision making in juvenile justice and in union admissions; political participation; media representations of mental illness; and HIV/AIDS prevention.
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