Charles David Garvin, PhD

Charles David Garvin, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus, Consultant, Therapist
Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Charles Garvin, Therapist, Consultant, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of social work and higher education.

Dr. Garvin studied at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Arts in 1951 and a PhD in 1968. He is a certified social worker, and from 1952 to 1954, he served in the United States Army, rising to the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge. Until 1956, he served as a social worker at the Henry Booth House, and he served as a social worker for Jewish Community Centers until 1964. From 1964 to 1965, Dr. Garvin worked as a research associate for the University of Chicago, and he transitioned to a role as a professor for the University of Michigan. He worked at the university for more than 35 years, until 2002, when he took on the role of professor emeritus, which he holds to this day.

In 2012, Dr. Garvin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Social Work and Education. He founded the Jewish Family Services of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was a grantee of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Health Service’s National Institute of Mental Health. He is a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatry Association and is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Sociological Association, the Council on Social Work Education, and the International Association of Social Work with Groups. He has written multiple published works, including “The Work Incentive Experience” in 1974, “Interpersonal Practice in Social Work” in 1985, “Social Justice Approached Social Work with Groups” in 2019, and more than 50 articles in professional journals. Through his career, Dr. Garvin is proudest of his focus on increasing the understanding of social justice in social work.

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