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Stephen Edward McMillin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Social Work
School of Social Work

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Courses Taught

Maternal and Child Health; Organizational and Program Planning; Policy Practice for Social Justice; Social Entrepreneurship; Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations; Clinical Leadership


  • Ph.D., Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
  • AM, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Public Policy and Administration (Health Care Services), Northwestern University
  • B.A., Psychology, St. Mary's College of Minnesota

Research Interests

Social innovation; social inclusion; entrepreneurship; evidence-based practice; civil society; environmental health

Publications and Media Placements

  1. McMillin, S. E. & Carbone, J. T. (2020). A skillset and a stance: Program planning for cultural competence and cultural humility in home visitation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 81, 101819. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101819, PMID: 32504691, Impact Factor: 1.52, 5-year Impact Factor: 1.50
  2. McMillin, S. E. (2020). Community coalition kick-off events: Lessons learned on the launchpad. Families in Society, 101(2), online first. doi: 10.1177/1044389420907764, Impact Factor: 0.82, 5-year Impact Factor: 1.03
  3. McMillin, S. E. (2020). Quality improvement innovation in a maternal and child health network: Negotiating course corrections in mid-implementation. Journal of Policy Practice and Research, 1(1), 23-36. doi: 10.1007/s42972-020-00004-z.
  4. McMillin, S. E. (2020). Innovating vocational resilience: Getting a second start at work through the Ignatian Examen. Social Work & Christianity, 47(4), doi:10.34043/swc.v47i4.__
  5. Lin, H., Tian, F., Qi, J., Wang, L., Yin, P., Qian, Z., Ruan, Z., Liu, J., Liu, Y., McMillin, S. E., & Zhou, M. (2020). Differentiating the effects of ambient fine and coarse particles on mortality from cardiopulmonary diseases: A nationwide multicity study. Environment International, 106096, doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106096, PMID: 32916417, Impact Factor: 7.94, 5-year Impact Factor: 8.93
  6. Lin, H., Li, H., Zhang, S., Qian, Z. Xie, X., Luo, Y., Han, R., Hou, J., McMillin, S. E., Wu, S., Tian, F., & Deng, W. (2020). Short-term effects of air pollution on cause-specific mental disorders in three subtropical Chinese cities. Environmental Research, 110214, doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110214, PMID: 32946889, Impact Factor: 5.72, 5-year Impact Factor: 5.74
  7. Yang, Y., Lin, Q., Liang, Y., Ruan, Z., Acharya, B. K., Zhang, S., Qian, Z., McMillin, S. E., Hinyard, L., Sun, J., Wang, C., Ge, H., Wu, X., Guo, X., & Lin, H. (2020). Maternal air pollution exposure associated with risk of congenital heart defect in pre-pregnancy overweighted women. Science of the Total Environment, 712, 136470, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136470, PMID: 31931190, Impact Factor: 6.55, 5-year Impact Factor: 6.42
  8. Xu, S., Liu, P. Wu, Q., Marks, T., He, Z., Qian, Z., McMillin, S. E., Sun, J., Appleton, A. A., Bloom, M. S., Lin, S., Yu, H., Zhou, Y., Liu, R., Feng, D., Hu, L. Yang, B., Zeng, X., Sun, X., & Dong, G. (2020). Pet ownership in utero and in childhood decreases the effects of environmental tobacco smoke exposure on hypertension in children: A large population based cohort study. Science of the Total Environment, 715, 136859, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136859, PMID: 32014767, Impact Factor: 6.55, 5-year Impact Factor: 6.42
  9. Liao, Y., Sun, J., Qian, Z., Mei, S., Li, Y., Lu, Y., McMillin, S. E., Lin, H., & Lang, L. (2020). Modification by seasonal influenza and season on the association between ambient air pollution and child respiratory diseases in Shenzhen, China. Atmospheric Environment, 234, 117621doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117621, PMID: 16961713, Impact Factor: 6.49, 5-year Impact Factor: 6.96
  10. McMillin, S. E. (2020). Christianity + the new spirit of capitalism, by K. Tanner. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 39(3), 347-348. doi: 10.1080/15426432.2019.1685828, Journal Impact: .81.
  11. McMillin, S. E. (2020). Homeless at Harvard: Finding faith and friendship on the streets of Harvard Square, by J. C. Frame. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 39(1), 114-115. doi: 10.1080/15426432.2019.1635754, Journal Impact: .81.

Honors and Awards

Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Member of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
  • Chair, section on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Society for Social Work and Research
  • Member of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought

Community Work and Service

Dr. McMillin joined the College for Public Health and Social Justice in 2013 as the director of the Master of Social Work degree program. He previously served as the chief executive officer of a Catholic retirement community focused on bringing innovation and culture change to long-term care. Dr. McMillin also served as an analyst in the Office of the Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, as a program evaluator for the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and as an officer in the United States Air Force chaplain corps.

He has 20 years of experience in intervention and prevention services for children, families, and older adults. Dr. McMillin has published over 50 scholarly articles and given over 90 scientific presentations on evidence-based practice, management, and policy in health and social care. His research focuses on investigating and understanding innovation and entrepreneurship approaches that advance social inclusion, civic and environmental health, and the common good.

Dr. McMillin is a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, where he chairs the section on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought. In our local community Dr. McMillin serves as a consultant for Renew Missouri, a nonprofit that works to innovate and advance renewable energy and energy efficiency for Missouri families.