Stuart A. Kirk

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Stuart A. Kirk holds the Marjorie Crump Chair in Social Welfare at UCLA and is a former psychiatric social worker. His research interests include mental health issues, particularly the creation and use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).[1] Kirk has authored, co-authored and edited many books, including most recently Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs (2013).[2] He was former chief editor of the Social Work Research journal.[1]


  • B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley;
  • M.S.W., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana;
  • D.S.W. in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley[1]


  • Kirk, S.A. and H. Kutchins. The Selling of DSM: The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1992.
  • Kutchins, H. & S.A. Kirk. Making Us Crazy: DSM--the Psychiatric Bible and the Creation of Mental Disorder. NY: Free Press, 1997.
  • Kirk, S.A., (Ed.), Social Work Research Methods: Building Knowledge for Practice. Washington, D.C.:NASW Press, 1999.
  • Kirk, S.A. & Reid, W.J. Science and Social Work: A Critical Appraisal. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
  • Kirk, S.A.,(Ed.), Mental Disorders in The Social Environment, NY: Columbia University Press, 2005.


  1. ^ a b c Official UCLA home page
  2. ^ Kirk, S. A., Gomory, T., & Cohen, D. (2013). Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs. Transaction Publishers.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)