Seth Kurzban, PhD

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work, Dept. of Adult Mental Health and Wellness
SchoolSchool of Social Work
Phone+1 213 743 2337
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    SETH KURZBAN was promoted from a post-doctoral fellow at the USC School of Social Work to assistant professor in 2009. He recently received his PhD from Columbia University School of Social Work, where he was named the Willie G. Perry Scholar for Outstanding Potential and the Evelyn Burns Scholar for Public Policy.

    Kurzban has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings focused on helping individuals dealing with severe and persistent mental illness, chronic homelessness or incarceration, and substance abuse. He has worked for Westat -- a corporation providing research services to government agencies and other entities -- on policy analysis for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Institute of Mental Health as the evaluation coordinator for the Hartford Geriatric Faculty Scholars Program.

    His current work focuses on developing and testing an intervention, Community Awareness Psychoeducation (CAPE), designed to help individuals improve their self-care and wellness, reduce the social isolation associated with mental illness and help improve their ability to live in their communities. As a post-doctoral fellow, Kurzban won a Larson endowment to adapt the group intervention for use at a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinic for women with mental illness who are re-integrating into the community upon their release from jail.

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    1. Hsu HT, Wenzel S, Rice E, Gilreath TD, Kurzban S, Unger J. Understanding Consistent Condom Use Among Homeless Men Who Have Sex with Women and Engage in Multiple Sexual Partnerships: A Path Analysis. AIDS Behav. 2015 Sep; 19(9):1676-88. PMID: 25845531.
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    2. Lee King PA, Cederbaum JA, Kurzban S, Norton T, Palmer SC, Coyne JC. Role of patient treatment beliefs and provider characteristics in establishing patient-provider relationships. Fam Pract. 2015 Apr; 32(2):224-31. PMID: 25556196; PMCID: PMC4371891.
    3. Davis L, Kurzban S, Brekke J. Self-esteem as a mediator of the relationship between role functioning and symptoms for individuals with severe mental illness: a prospective analysis of Modified Labeling theory. Schizophr Res. 2012 May; 137(1-3):185-9. PMID: 22377104.
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    4. Rice E, Kurzban S, Ray D. Homeless but connected: the role of heterogeneous social network ties and social networking technology in the mental health outcomes of street-living adolescents. Community Ment Health J. 2012 Dec; 48(6):692-8. PMID: 22075769; PMCID: PMC3581348.
    5. VanderWalde A, Kurzban S. Paying human subjects in research: where are we, how did we get here, and now what? J Law Med Ethics. 2011; 39(3):543-58. PMID: 21871049.
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    6. Kurzban S, Davis L, Brekke JS. Vocational, social, and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia: a review of recent research and trends. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2010 Aug; 12(4):345-55. PMID: 20574811.
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