Shane Brady


Education: BSW, Eastern Michigan University (2007), MSW, University of Michigan (2008), Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University (2012)

Research Interests: community organizing, community based participatory research, homelessness, social movements, critical pedagogy, digital advocacy, and youth participation

Dr. Brady is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Dr. Brady’s dissertation work on building formal practice theory in community organizing has laid the beginning foundation for evidence informed community organizing practice by utilizing community based participatory research as a mechanism to develop community rooted interventions for building capacity and engaging in social action. Dr. Brady is also known in qualitative research circles for his use and adaptation of the Delphi method for use in community based research, which is demonstrated by his inclusion inthe new and highly regarded text, the Handbook of Methodological Approached to Community-Based Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods, set to be released in 2016 as well as his feature article on utilizing the Delphi method in qualitative social work research, currently in press with the Journal of Qualitative Social Work. Dr. Brady’s major research area is best summarized as developing empowerment based participatory community based interventions by utilizing community organizing as a method for addressing problems, building capacity, and advocating for social change. In addition to his growing contributions to the scholarship of community organizing and social work practice, Dr. Brady has over 10 years of experience as a community organizer, community outreach worker, clinical social worker, and not-for-profit manager, along with five years of stellar teaching experience in higher education.

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