Shane R. Brady, PhD

SHANE-R.-BRADY-PHDAssistant Professor

Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

University of Oklahoma

Community Organizer


Twitter: @Dr_Pracademic


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

Social Work Practice Areas: Community organizing, grass roots activism, policy advocacy, mental health, substance abuse, positive youth development, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Research Interests: Community organizing, community based participatory research, homelessness, social movements, critical pedagogy, digital advocacy, positive psychology, empowerment, 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 major research area is best summarized as developing empowerment based participatory community interventions through utilizing community organizing as a method for addressing problems, building capacity, and advocating for social change. Dr. Brady has numerous articles and book chapters published in the areas of community organizing, activism, social action, social work education, social media, and community-based participatory research. In addition to his growing contributions to the scholarship of community organizing and social work practice, Dr. Brady has over 15 years of experience as a community organizer, community outreach worker, clinical social worker, and social service administrator, along with extensive teaching experience in a variety of courses in both undergraduate and graduate social work programs.