Social Work & Criminal Justice

Authors and Experts

Below is a directory of individuals who conduct social work research and/or teach about issues relating to criminal justice. When relevant, individuals’ institutional affiliation is also listed.  

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Laura Abrams, UCLA
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Email: abrams@luskin.ucla.edu
Website: https://luskin.ucla.edu/person/laura-abrams 

Professor Abrams’ scholarship focuses on improving the well being of youth and young adults with histories of incarceration. Her ethnographic studies have examined youths’ experiences of criminality, risk, and institutions seeking to reshape their identities through both therapeutic and punitive practices. These themes are presented in her 2013 book (co-authored with Ben Anderson-Nathe) Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C, (Rutgers University Press). Her most recent book (co-authored with Diane Terry), Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth (Rutgers University Press, 2017), examines how formerly incarcerated young men and women navigate reentry and the transition to adulthood in the context of urban Los Angeles. Dr. Abrams is also the lead editor of a 2016 multidisciplinary volume on the role of volunteers and non-profits in changing lives and promoting more humane conditions in prisons and jails: The Voluntary Sector in Prisons: Encouraging Personal and Institutional Change (Palgrave, 2016).

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
Elizabeth Allen

Email: eallensocialphd@gmail.com

Website: http://www.drelizabethallen.org/

I bring more than 25 years of clinical experience with justice-involved women and other marginalized groups. I am tenaciously committed to smart decarceration research, policy, and practice and throughout my career aimed to embrace what academia together with activism can offer change-agents and guide and support radical social change.

My dissertation research was an inquiry into redemptive narratives and the distance process for justIce-involved women with the goal of adding to the knowledge base of desistance, advocating for policies and interventions that support the process of distance and promoting a unifying framework to bridge micro and macro approaches with vulnerable and marginalized populations. Currently, I am a PI on a CBPR project using Photovoice with the urban youth with the lived experience of parental incarceration.

The synthesis of my clinical and research experience prepares me for the dual role of researcher and policy-maker and utilizing evidence to advance policy and practice. My research interests are vast and include the intersection of micro and macro issues amplified within criminal justice systems including racial, gender and economic justice and human rights.

Topic Areas: 
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race/Racism

D. Michael Applegarth, UCLA

PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Email: applegarth@ucla.edu

My primary area of interest within the correctional system involves the reentry process and the various challenges that accompany this process. Some of the specific factors I am interested in examining include how young adults with mental illness and substance use challenges navigate reintegrating into society. I am also interested in how individuals’ social networks, inmate’s programing and treatment during incarceration, and system-level factors may mitigate successful outcomes for individuals during the reentry process. Furthermore, I am interested in how correctional environments and conditions create barriers for individuals to engage in desistance from criminal behavior.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry

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Tina Barr, UNC Pembroke

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE

Email: tina.barr@uncp.edu 
Website: https://www.uncp.edu/profile/tina-barr 

My relevant research centers on issues related to wrongful conviction, including reentry, psychosocial effects, and compensation.

Topic Areas:

  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
Stacey Barrenger, NYU

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Email: stacey.barrenger@nyu.edu

Website: http://socialwork.nyu.edu/our-faculty/full-time/stacey-barrenger.html

Stacey L. Barrenger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. Dr. Barrenger’s work focuses on the intersection of mental illness and other social problems (criminal justice involvement, substance use, homelessness, & poverty). She has examined the production of risk for recidivism among men with mental illnesses leaving prison. She is interested in implementation research that considers the community or structural factors that can impact the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments in high-risk environments. Her current research explores pathways to recovery and desistance from crime for peer specialists with criminal justice histories and the prison health care experiences of those with mental illnesses who were formerly incarcerated.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry

 

 

Kate Barrow

CONSULTANT AND TRAINER

Email: info@katebarrow.com

Website: https://www.katebarrow.com  and www.trainingforjustice.com 

Kate Barrow, LCSW, specializes in trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approaches to social services, management, and systems change work. She has expertise in criminal justice, mental health, trauma, racial justice, and youth development. She currently works as a nonprofit management trainer, organizational consultant, clinical supervisor, and management coach, with an emphasis on criminal justice settings.

A nonprofit manager for 15 years, Kate spent nearly a decade working in the criminal justice system. From 2015-2018 she directed a professional development institute for an interdisciplinary criminal justice agency in New York City. In this role she led the professional development initiatives for a staff of over 500, and directed 150 hours of trainings annually. Previously, she directed clinical programs in court-based, social service, and foster care settings, with a focus on systems-involved youth. She has been an adjunct professor at New York University, and John Jay College through the Prisoner Reentry Institute. Kate was previously named an emerging social work leader by the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter for her work incorporating social justice values into clinical work.

Kate completed her BA at Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology, her MSW at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, and an advanced certificate in clinical supervision through Smith College. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York.

Topic Areas:

  • Policy and Courts
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Racial Justice and Equity Practices
Kimberly A. Bender, Denver University

PROFESSOR, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR DOCTORAL EDUCATION, DENVER UNIVERSITY

Email: kimberly.bender@du.edu

Website: https://socialwork.du.edu/about/gssw-directory/kimberly-ann-bender 

Professor Kimberly Bender serves as Associate Dean for Doctoral Education. Her recent research includes a study of gender-specific pathways from childhood maltreatment to juvenile delinquency among youth in the child welfare system. Bender’s research aims to improve services and develop empirically based interventions for adolescents at risk of problem behavior. She recently contributed to an intervention research project on methods for engaging runaway youth in substance-use treatment funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Kristin Bolton, UNC Wilmington

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

Email: boltonk@uncw.edu

Website: https://uncw.edu/chhs/swk/about/bio/kristinbolton.html

Dr. Kristin W. Bolton is an Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research interests include: youth violence prevention, re-entry services, healthy psychological development, and the evidence base of solution focused brief therapy with violent and non-violent offenders.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
Janae Bonsu, UIC

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Email: jbonsu2@uic.edu

Bio: I am a doctoral candidate at Jane Addams College of Social Work, activist, and restorative justice practitioner. My work is based in an intersectional and structural analysis. My current work interrogates the intersection of gender-based violence, policing, and survivor empowerment; building and sustaining models of transformative justice; and policies that directly impact incarcerated people and their families.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Abolition
  • Race/Racism
Brita Bookser, UC Berkeley

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

Email: britabookser@berkeley.edu

Website: https://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/people/phd-students

Brita A. Bookser’s research interests include early care and education, education policy, carceral logics in education, feminist anti-carceral studies, womanism, and critical race theory. Her research-praxis agenda is facilitated by varied agency partnerships that explore policies and pedagogies for inclusion and civic engagement. Bookser’s qualitatively-driven mixed-method dissertation explores a typology of exclusionary discipline measures in preschools and examines how structural factors influence exclusionary tactics in early care and education settings.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Decarceration
  • Race/Racism

 

Charlotte Lyn Bright, University of Maryland

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR DOCTORAL AND POST-DOCTORAL EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND 

Email: cbright@ssw.umaryland.edu

My research focuses on populations and services within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with specific interests in gender, trauma, and implementation of best practices.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Development
  • Interpersonal Trauma
Peter Brown, UCONN

DOCTORAL STUDENT

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Email: peter.brown@uconn.edu

 

Rob Butters, University of Utah

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Email: rob.butters@socwk.utah.edu

Website: https://faculty.utah.edu/u0050005-ROB_BUTTERS/teaching/index.hml

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restorative Justice

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Kelli Canada, University of Missouri

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Email: canadake@missouri.edu

Website: http://ssw.missouri.edu/faculty_canada.htm

Kelli received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Depauw University, a Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Kelli worked in Chicago as a clinical social worker in psychiatric rehabilitation and with older adults living in the community. Kelli is a mental health services researcher who investigates mental health service delivery and consumer experiences with treatment within the criminal justice system. Some of her most recent projects explored the experiences of consumers in mental health courts and veterans within the criminal justice system.

Topic Areas: 

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
Rachel Casey, University of Southern Maine

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE

Email: rachel.casey@maine.edu

Website: https://usm.maine.edu/swo/rachel-casey-phd-msw

Rachel earned her MSW and PhD from the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel conducts research across methodologies to illuminate the unique experiences of incarcerated women, aiming to improve the responsiveness of mental health programs in correctional settings. Rachel is also passionate about teaching and has taught courses in research methods, human behavior in the social environment, and social justice. Regardless of subject matter, Rachel strives to engage students in dynamic learning experiences which help them develop a critical perspective and acquire essential knowledge and skills for competent, reflexive social work practice.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
Pajarita Charles, University of Wisconsin - Madison

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON

Email: paja.charles@wisc.edu

Website: https://familywellbeingandjustice.com/;%20https://socwork.wisc.edu/staff/pajarita-charles-mpa-msw-phd/

Pajarita Charles is an Assistant Professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Law, Society, and Justice, and the Justice Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on the development, implementation, and testing of family-focused preventive interventions to promote positive outcomes for children and families affected by the criminal justice system. Dr. Charles’ efforts foster research, practice, and public sector partnerships to build capacity for reform and the reduction of the footprint of the criminal justice system. She is a co-leader of the national Promote Smart Decarceration grand challenge network for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and frequently collaborates with local and state organizations to provide expertise and guidance on issues pertinent to families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
Wesley T. Church, II, LSU

J. FRANKLIN BAYHI ENDOWED PROFESSOR, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: wesleyc@lsu.edu

Websit: https://www.lsu.edu/chse/socialwork/faculty-staff/church.php

My research agenda has been concentrated in two areas. First, I have been examining issues facing children and adolescents and their families. I am interested in the impact of race, socio-economic status, gender, education, crime, and family on the involvement of children and their families as they navigate their way through major systems (i.e. welfare, justice, and healthcare). Second, I have been exploring personal perceptions and attitudes towards offenders, focusing on sexual offenders and mentally ill offenders. I use an interdisciplinary approach in my research and utilize resources derived from criminal justice, psychology, history, minority studies, social work, gerontology, and rural studies.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Race/Racism
Phillipe Copeland, Boston University

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Email: copelanp@bu.edu

My interest is in the policing and punishment systems as mechanisms of racial capitalism and educating people to not only effectively abolish them, but help survivors to recover from their consequences.

Topic Areas:

  • Abolition
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Race/Racism
Dominique Courts, UCONN

GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Email: Dominique.Courts@uconn.edu

Website: https://ssw.uconn.edu/person/c-l-dominique-courts-ma-mft/#

After graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Social and Cultural Analysis, Dominique Courts, MA, MFT, earned a clinical master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at UCONN. Following her work as a therapist, Dominique is now a Crandall-Cordero fellow at The UCONN School of Social Work and invested in affecting change on an institutional and systems level.

As a doctoral student, she is particularly interested in using a reproductive and healing justice framework to understand the healing process for people, who live with intersecting marginalized identities, especially lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer individuals of color. The lack of visibility and research around LGBTQ people of color led her to be passionate about conducting mixed-methods and participatory action research to explore various aspects of their lived experiences. Ultimately, Dominique desires to amplify the voices of marginalized populations in her research and use collaborative and empowering research methods and accessible dissemination techniques.

Throughout the CT community, Dominique also facilitates workshops and groups focused on relationships, LGBTQ identities and other topics related to social justice and healing. She centers the lived experiences and needs of the individuals at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and ability in her research, teaching, clinical and community work and advocacy.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Elizabeth Cramer, Virginia Commonwealth University

PROFESSOR, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Email: ecramer@vcu.edu

Website: https://www.socialwork.vcu.edu/about/our-team/elizabeth-p-cramer-phd-lcsw.html

My recent scholarship has been in the area of abuse of people with disabilities. I am currently the PI on a project to make family abuse protective orders more accessible for abused persons with disabilities and to train disability service professionals to assist consumers who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. I am the co-PI on a project to provide information about healthy relationships to persons with developmental and other disabilities. I have also written about criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
Marcus Crawford, Fresno State University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: marcuscrawford@csufresno.edu

Child welfare, juvenile justice, criminal justice reform.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts

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Aditi Das, UC Berkeley

POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLAR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

Email: aditidas@berkeley.edu

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAABHAIC8BhhPRzH-lrUjuvQVFokkYPIA1Dkw&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Aditi Das is a former Postdoctoral Scholar at the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Das’s research focuses on strengthening upstream human service delivery for vulnerable children, youth and families while assessing sustainability of reform efforts within complex human service organizations. In close partnership with California Bay Area counties, Aditi lead three projects focused on 1) understanding client and frontline worker perspectives on recent TANF policy reforms, 2) showcasing innovative county practices within child welfare and welfare-to-work services, and 3) building a compendium of age-friendly initiatives for adult and aging services.  Her dissertation supported by a competitive grant from the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, focuses on the implementation of restorative justice reform within an urban public-school district to address the school-to-prion pipeline. Her work has been published at premier social work journals such as Contemporary Justice Review, Youth and Society and has presented her work at various national conferences including the Society for Social Work and Research, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management and Network for Social Work Management. Dr. Das completed her PhD from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her MSW from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Research Interests: Youth violence prevention, Juvenile Justice, Restorative justice, Informal social control and public safety.
​Teaching Interests: Youth violence prevention, Cross national ideation on juvenile crime and delinquency, Restorative justice and alternative approaches to crime and prevention

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restorative Justice
Dana Dehart, University of South Carolina

ASSISTANT DEAN FOR RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Email: dana.dehart@sc.edu

Website: http://cosw.sc.edu/faculty/dana-dehart

Dr. DeHart’s specialty area is violence and victimization. She has been Principal Investigator on many grants and contracts addressing issues such as victimization and survivor services, impact of incarceration on families, gendered pathways to adult and juvenile offending, mental health and substance abuse, and predatory sexual behavior. Dr. DeHart has expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative methods and has conducted hundreds of interviews with adult and juvenile offenders, crime victims, justice professionals, and human-service providers. Dr. DeHart is experienced in needs assessment, program evaluation, scale design, and ethical research design.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Patricia Drown, Allied American University

DEAN OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ALLIED AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Email: Drpattydrown@yahoo.com

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
Varsha DuBose, LCSW, Southern Connecticut State University

DOCTORAL STUDENT AND TEACHING ASSISTANT, SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: Dubosev1@southernct.edu 

Bio: Varsha Dubose is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of practice experience in legal and mental health settings. Varsha is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at Southern Connecticut State University. Varsha has practical experience working with justice-involved veterans with significant mental health and substance use disorders. One of the theoretical approaches that Varsha is focusing her research on is critical race theory. Varsha is interested in addressing the intersections of racial oppression and social injustices that are prevalent in the United States judicial system. Varsha’s teaching interest are in areas related to veterans, race/oppression, mental health and substance use disorders within the criminal justice system.

Topic Areas:

  •  Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Race/Racism
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
Amy Dworsky, Chapin Hall

RESEARCH FELLOW, CHAPIN HALL

Email: adworsky@chapinhall.org

Dr. Amy Dworsky is a Research Fellow whose research focuses on vulnerable youth populations—including youth aging out of foster care, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth in foster care who are pregnant or parenting—and the systems with which those youth are involved.  She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for an evaluation of a pilot program that connected pregnant and parenting youth in foster care with home visiting services and the Co-PI for a study that will  inform the development of policies and practices that are responsive to the needs of incarcerated mothers in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Jails and Prisons

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Jeff Edwards, University of South Carolina Upstate

INSTRUCTOR OF CHILD ADVOCACY STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE

Website: https://sam.research.sc.edu/uscera/facultyExpertise/cv/35304#bio

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Health and/or Mental Health
Beulah Emmanuel, Academy of Prisons and Correctional Administration, India

PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, COURSE CO-ORDINATOR, ACADEMY OF PRISONS & CORRECTIONAL ADMINISRATION, INDIA

Email: beulahyesus@gmail.com

Website: www.apca.tn.nic.in

My area of interest is in teaching and research on the mental health of prison inmates. I train the Prison Officers on the various issues like human rights and issues on Women Prisoners. I do prisoners development programmes. I train the Prison Officers on soft skills too. My passion is research in Prisons. I am a certified trainer of Penal Rfeorms International and I co-ordinate the training with many national and international organisations and I was a Member of the Prison Advisory Board.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality 
Matt Epperson, University of Chicago

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

Email: mepperson@uchicago.edu

Website: https://ssa.uchicago.edu/ssascholars/m-epperson and www.smartdecarceration.org

Matt Epperson, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where he also serves as Director of the Smart Decarceration Project ( www.smartdecarceration.org ). His research centers on developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to reduce disparities in the criminal justice system. His primary areas of focus include addressing risk factors for criminal justice involvement among persons with mental illnesses, as well as advancing evidence-based approaches to effective and sustainable decarceration. Dr. Epperson’s scholarship and teaching aim to build the capacity of the social work profession to address these challenges and opportunities for criminal justice transformation. He is Co-Leader of the Promote Smart Decarceration network, through the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. Dr. Epperson received his Ph.D. with distinction from the Columbia University School of Social Work, a M.S.W. from Grand Valley State University, and a B.S. in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University. He has over 15 years of clinical and administrative social work experience in behavioral health and criminal justice settings.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Decarceration
Jennifer Erwin, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

Email: jeerwin@siue.edu

Website: https://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/social-work/faculty-staff/erwin.shtml

My research focus has primarily explored adult mental health courts. Additional research interests include examining the experiences of adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system and the role of peer support in treatment courts.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Decarceration
  • Policy and Courts
Liz Espinoza, College of Saint Rose

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

Email: espinozl@strose.edu

Liz Espinoza has forensic social work experience at state government level in NY.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and Mental health
  • Decarceration
  • Gender and Sexuality

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Gina Fedock, University of Chicago

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION

Email: gfedock@uchicago.edu

Website: https://ssa.uchicago.edu/ssascholars/g-fedock

Gina Fedock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Her work focuses on improving women’s mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, law, and social work. Her research includes implementing, testing, and evaluating interventions that are designed to improve the quality of women’s health in the community and within correctional settings. In addition, her work expands a trauma-informed framework of understanding and addressing women’s health needs. She integrates women’s experiences of gender-based violence, such as sexual violence and intimate partner violence, into her research. Through a human rights framework, her work incorporates advocacy for addressing social injustices in order to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

Currently, she is working on several studies, including examining women’s experiences of staff sexual misconduct in prisons and on parole and investigating racial and gender disparities in suicide attempts by prisoners. Through a faculty grant from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, she is investigating how human rights standards influence women’s imprisonment.

Her research is in journals such as: Trauma, Violence, & Abuse; Cognitive and Behavioral Practice; Research on Social Work Practice; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; and the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons​
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race/Racism
Michael Fendrich, UCONN

PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Email: michael.fendrich@uconn.edu

Website: https://ssw.uconn.edu/person/michael-fendrich-phd/

 I conduct research on interventions for mental health and substance use in vulnerable and high risk populations.  My work has examined the impact of drug treatment courts in addressing the needs of heroin involved participants and emerging adults.  My work has also examined the role of alternative criminal justice interventions specifically focused on juveniles in the criminal justice system.  Most recently, I am developing mindful interventions for opioid involved adults reentering the community from the criminal justice system.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Juvenile Justice

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John Gallagher, Indiana University South Bend

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEND

Email: johngall@iupui.edu

Website: https://socialwork.iusb.edu/FacultyAndStaff/profile.php?id=Gallagher_John_johngall

Dr. John R. Gallagher is an Associate Professor in the Indiana University School of Social Work at IU South Bend, where he teaches classes in addiction and mental health counseling. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) who has practiced addiction and mental health counseling for nearly 20 years. Gallagher’s research agenda is focused on the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in treating opioid use disorders; exploring drug court and other treatment court participants’ lived experiences in programming; identifying the factors that may contribute to racial disparities in treatment court outcomes; program evaluation for drug courts and other treatment courts; and implementing evidence-based interventions to promote addiction and mental health recovery.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Race/Racism
  • Restorative Justice
John M. Gallagher, University of Arkansas, School of Social Work

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: jmgallag@uark.edu

Bio: My work focuses on behavioral and social interventions delivered within the criminal justice system. Current projects include (1) intervention and program fidelity in a mentor program for justice-involved veterans; (2) evaluation of Veterans Treatment Courts in Arkansas and Arizona, and (3) testing of a letter-writing group intervention for inmates with minor children. Topical and theoretical areas of interest include veterans, problem-solving courts, incarcerated parents, procedural justice, legal legitimacy, social identity, community bonds, peer-mentorship, and program evaluation.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
Carina Gallo, San Francisco State University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES, SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: cgallo@sfsu.edu

Bio: My scholarship addresses historical and international trends in crime and welfare policies, with particular attention to how policies and laws intending to support underrepresented and marginalized groups have developed over the last century. I am especially interested in the “criminalization” of poverty and the penalization of vulnerable populations. One of my recent research projects examines how categories in crime policy, such as the “crime victim,” have crossed over to welfare law and policy. The study shows how new categories can change the way policy makers and practitioners conceptualize social problems, in particular, poverty and inequality.​ I’m currently working on a book exploring the roots of the Swedish victim movement. This book is vital to informing the literature how different societies have approached issues related to crime and victims.

I am also a trained social worker. Before entering academia, I worked with many different actors involved in the criminal justice system. For instance, between 2001 and 2006 I was the director of a nongovernmental victim support center, which provides services to over 500 crime victims per year.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Amanda Geller, NYU

CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, DIRECTOR OF MA PROGRAM IN APPLIED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Email: amanda.geller@nya.edu

Website: https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/amanda-beth-geller.html

The focus of my research is twofold: examining the causes and effects of incarceration for men and their families, and examining racial disparities in the administration of justice.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
Matthew Gilmour, Florida State University

DOCTORAL STUDENT, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: mgilmour@fsu.edu

Website: https://csw.fsu.edu/person/matthew-gilmour

My current research interests are focused on correctional and criminal justice system policies and reform, particularly inmate medical and mental health care, inmate rights, privatization of correctional/criminal justice services, reentry and rehabilitation. I am also interested in the utilization of research in advocacy work as it relates to social justice in general, particularly racial disparities and other issues involving the oppression of marginalized populations.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Race/Racism

 

 

Ashley Givens, University of Missouri

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Email: givensa@missouri.edu

My research primarily focuses on early adults involved in the criminal justice system. Specifically, I explore traumatic experiences experienced by this group, as well as mental health needs of this population.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Community Involvement
  • Health/Mental Health
Sulaimon Giwa, Memorial College of Newfoundland

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, ST. JOHNS COLLEGE, MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND

Email: sgiwa@mun.ca

Website: https://www.mun.ca/socialwork/about/people/faculty/DrSulaimonGiwa.php

Dr. Giwa’s professional experience includes direct practice; research and policy work at the community and federal level, primarily in youth health promotions, community and organizational practice in diverse communities, corrections (including as a Community Parole Officer and Case Manager for Time for Change, a Crime Prevention Ottawa funded gang exit program), and policing.

His applied research program and professional activities centralize critical race transformative pedagogies and theories as frameworks and analytic tools for social justice and equity. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and sexuality; critical social work pedagogy; antiracism/oppression; and the criminal justice system. He has taught in the social work programs at Ryerson University and York University, and in the Police Foundations program at Sheridan College.

Topic Areas:

  • Race/Racism
Ivan Godfrey, SUNY Ulster

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SUNY ULSTER

Email: Godfreyi@sunyulster.edu

Website: http://sunyulster.edu

I have participated in a recent research study about the value of post secondary education for incarcerated persons. My teaching interest and expertise is in Alternative to Incarceration & Reentry strategies and iniatives

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
Lauri Goldkind, Fordham University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Email: goldkind@fordham.edu

Website: https://www.fordham.edu/info/24281/gss_full-time_faculty_profiles/11298/lauri_goldkind

Dr. Goldkind has a longstanding interest and practice background in nonprofit leadership, capacity building and organizational development. Her practice experience has been centered in the youth development, education and juvenile justice realms. Prior to joining the faculty at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service, she served as the Director of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services’ (CASES) School Connection Center, a public school admissions office for youth exiting the justice system. She was instrumental in developing the Center’s operational infrastructure, including creating and maintaining all data systems and documenting the Center’s progress. She also helped craft policy and develop data management applications at Community Prep High School, a school for young people transitioning back to their communities from the juvenile justice system. Before that she held program planning and fund raising positions at agencies serving young people in New York City, including the Posse Foundation, where she was the first director of development.

​Dr. Goldkind’s current research work centers on the intersection of the juvenile justice and public education system’s impact on urban youth. She is presently conducting a national study of school social workers exploring their role in the school re-entry process of juvenile justice youth. Dr. Goldkind is also interested in domestic trafficking issues and is partnering with the Girls Education Mentoring Services (GEMS) to document their programmatic model and highlight the complex and unexplored issues of girls who are commercially sexually exploited.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Sara Goodkind, University of Pittsburgh

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Email: sara.goodkind@pitt.edu

Website: https://www.socialwork.pitt.edu/people/sara-goodkind

Dr. Goodkind’s research and scholarship focus on marginalized youth and the inequities they experience. Much of her work examines social service programs and systems that work with young people, concentrating on young people’s experiences in educational, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems and how these systems both construct and meet the needs of the young people they serve. Dr. Goodkind developed her scholarly interests as a result of working with youth, as a teacher, mentor, facilitator, and social worker. She utilizes a critical perspective in her work to examine understandings of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age that shape service design and delivery and then to explore the effects of this service provision, with the aim of ensuring that interventions are culturally relevant, gender responsive, fair, and effective. Dr. Goodkind’s research also focuses on institutional biases and systemic inequities, tracing young people’s pathways through systems and providing evidence and advocacy for much-needed policy change. Much of this work is via community-based participatory research projects that engage youth as collaborators in effecting systemic change.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race/Racism
Aaron Gottlieb, UIC

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JANE ADDAMS COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Email: agott19@uic.edu

Website: https://socialwork.uic.edu/facultyandstaff/aaron-gottlieb/

Dr. Gottlieb’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and how to effectively reduce U.S. reliance on incarceration. His scholarship has been published in leading social work, criminology, and sociology journals.

Topic Areas: 

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Decarceration
Stephanie Grace Post, Kent School of Social Work

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, KENT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: stephanie.prost@louisville.edu

Website: https://louisville.edu/kent/about/faculty-1/bios/dr-stephanie-grace-prost

My primary research interests relate to health care service provision, caregiving, and quality of life for inmates over the age of 55, inmates with chronic and terminal conditions, and volunteer inmate caregivers.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
Melissa Grady, Catholic University of America

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

Email: grady@cua.edu

Website: https://ncsss.catholic.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-profiles/grady-melissa/index.html

I study individuals who have committed sexual crimes, both in terms of how to create more effective treatment and to think about risk factors that contribute to offending behaviors.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
Warren Graham, SUNY Stony Brook

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR & DIRECTOR OF FIELD EDUCATION, SUNY STONY BROOK

Email: warren.graham@stonybrook.edu

Having taught on both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Touro College, Fordham University, Adelphi University, Hunter College, and Stony Brook, I oversaw the administration of Nassau County Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Programs for 7 years. I have also been active in NASW, having been elected as Delegate to the National Assembly, Division Director, and selected as Advocacy and Governmental Relations Committee member. I currenlty sit on the NYS Diversity Committee and am a member of the Social Work in the Courts Specialty Practice Section. I have authored “Specialized opportunities for Social Workers in the Courts” (NASW, 2010) as a part of the inaugural newsletter, co-authored “The Death of Black Males: The unmasking of cultural competence and oppressive practices in a micro-aggressive environment” (Routledge, 2016), “Evidence Based Practices for the Criminal Justice System” (2018), “To Protect and to Serve,” a book chapter in the Violence Against Black Bodies book. I am a Board member of DC based non-profit, re-entry program, Darnice’s Place, and am interested in decarceration efforts and anti-shackling campaigns. On the Board of Advisors for the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra University, I am a forensic social worker in private practice for over 10 years, and member of the National Association of Forensic Social Workers.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Decarceration
Tom Gregoire, Ohio State University

DEAN AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: gregoire.5@osu.edu

Website: https://csw.osu.edu/about/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/gregoire-tom-ph-d/ 

Topica Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs

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Woojae Han, Soongsil University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SOONGSIL UNIVERSITY

Email: whan@ssu.ac.kr

Woojae Han is an assistant professor of School of Social Work at Soongsil University in Korea. His research focuses on alternative court system, community rehabilitation for offenders with mental illness, and behavioral health disparities for populations at risk.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Juvile Justice
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Decarceration
Sam Harrell, Portland State University

PHD STUDENT, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: saha2@pdx.edu

Bio: Carceral social work, abolitionist social work, social welfare history, transformative justice, mandatory reporting, child sexual abuse

Topic Areas:

  • Abolition
R. Anna Hayward, Stony Brook University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, STONYBROOK UNIVERSITY

Email: Anna.hayward@stonybrook.edu

Website: https://socialwelfare.stonybrookmedicine.edu/faculty-staff/hayward

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Melinda Hohman, San Diego State University

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CENTER FOR ALCOHOL & DRUG STUDIES & SERVICES, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: mhohman@mail.sdsu.edu

Website: https://centerforaod.sdsu.edu/staff/hohman.html

Melinda (Mindy) Hohman, Ph.D., MSW, is a Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. Dr. Hohman teaches courses in substance abuse treatment, research, Motivational Interviewing, and social work practice. Dr. Hohman has published numerous articles on the topics of Motivational Interviewing, substance abuse assessment and treatment services and women’s issues in this area. She has been a trainer in Motivational Interviewing (MI) since 1999, training community social workers, Child Protection workers, probation officers, and addiction counselors across Southern California and in other states. She is the author of the book, Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice. Dr. Hohman annually teaches a study abroad course on substance abuse and harm reduction, in Dublin, Ireland.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs

 

Debra Hrouda, Northeast Ohio Medical University

DIRECTOR OF PRACTICE IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION, NORTHEAST OHIO MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

Email: dhrouda@neomed.edu

Focus on the implementation of evidence-based, best, and emerging practices for people along the continuum of justice involvement.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Restorative Justice
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Decarceration

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Russ Immarigeon

EDITOR

Email: russimmarigeon@fairpoint.net

Editor of national publications on community corrections, alternatives to prison, and offender programming. Editor of 4 books on crime desistance, prisoner reentry, and women and girls in the criminal justice system. Independent researcher on the overuse of incarceration for women and others, and of cash bail in pretrial settings.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Mental Health or Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
Timothy Ireland, Niagara University

PROVOST & VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Email: toi@niagara.edu

The primary area of my research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of family violence (intimate partner violence and maltreatment), including the role of drugs and alcohol as both predictors of family violence as well as coping mechanisms for those exposed.

In addition, other health consequences of exposure to violence are under consideration including engaging in risky sex behaviors during adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
Andre Ivanoff, Columbia University

PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Email: ami2@columbia.edu 

Website: https://socialwork.columbia.edu/faculty-research/faculty/full-time/andre-ivanoff/

Dr. André Ivanoff has over 25 years of clinical and research experience in mental health, criminal justice and forensic settings. These include Seattle Emergency Housing Service, the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic of the University of Washington Medical Center, the New York City Police Department and over two dozen adult and juvenile forensic/correctional settings in the United States and internationally. She presents widely at conferences, the most recent include Public Responsibility in Research & Medicine, the Association for Cognitive and Behavior Therapies, and the CMHS National GAINS Center conference.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health or Health

 

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Jalonta Jackson, Troy University

LECTURER, TROY UNIVERSITY

Email: jjackson147130@troy.edu

Developing the first Social Work and Criminal Justice course at Troy University.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Gender and Sexuality 
Ashley N. Jackson, Washington University, St. Louis

DOCTORAL STUDENT, BROWN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS

Email: ashley.jackson@wustl.edu

Website: https://sites.wustl.edu/ajackson/

Ashley Jackson is a doctoral student at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis where her research focuses on police violence and racial and legal socialization. She earned a BS in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in 2009 and an MSW from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 2011. Ashley was a funded by the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct research in Cali, Colombia where she explored how local NGOs support vulnerable communities impacted by conflict and violence. Prior to moving to Colombia, Ashley worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) in New York. At LISC she provided support to communities across the country helping to address public safety issues and improve community-police relations. During her time at Vera, she conducted mixed-methods criminal justice research focusing on youth experiences during and post- incarceration and youth experiences interacting with the police in New York.

Topic Areas:

  • Community-Police Relations
  • Racial and Legal Socialization
  • Community Violence
  • Incarceration and Familial Impact
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Race/Racism

 

Leah Jacobs, University of Pittsburgh

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Email: leahjacobs@pitt.edu

Website: https://www.socialwork.pitt.edu/people/leah-jacobs

My research interests include: socio-structural risk factors for criminal justice involvement; the role of neighborhood qualities in contributing to arrests among people with mental health and substance use problems; the provision of mental health and substance abuse treatment in jails; and reentry programs that seek to decrease recidivism among individuals with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Topic Areas: 

  • Mental Health
  • Restorative Justice
  • Reentry
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
Melissa Jonson-Reid, Washington University, St. Louis

RALPH AND MURIEL PUMPHREY PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Email: jonsonrd@wustl.edu

Website: https://brownschool.wustl.edu/Faculty-and-Research/Pages/Melissa-Jonson-Reid.aspx

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Juvenile Justice

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Elisa Kawam

Email: ekawam@gmail.com

I have my bachelors, masters, and doctorate in social work which is my true passion. My main area of work has concerned on children, youth, and families in the areas of poverty, violence, substance use, abuse, and child welfare. Motivated by my experiences in child welfare, most of my work recently has been specific to mothers, trauma, and PTSD. Specifically, examining the mediating and moderating influences that attachment and the social environment have on family stability, trauma symptomology, and overall resiliency. I also have extensive experience in mezzo and macro aspects of social work including communities, policy, advocacy, grant writing, teaching, and research. I am an Associate Professor of social work and in my free time enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking, reading and spending time with my pets/family. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime with questions, comments, or collaborations.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Jennifer Kellman Fritz, Eastern Michigan University

DIRECTOR AND PROFESSOR, EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Email: jkellman@emich.edu 

Website: https://www.emich.edu/chhs/social-work/faculty/j_kellman-fritz.php

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Reentry

 

Jennifer Kenney, University of Alabama

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Email: jennifer.kenney@ua.edu

Website: https://cj.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JKenneyCV_Sept15.pdf

I am primarily interested in the issues that affect adult women and their entry into the criminal justice system. The risk factors that I am currently focusing on include: trauma, substance abuse, mental health, employment, and class (SES) issues. I am also working on a project related to media consumption, fear of crime, and the attitudinal and behavioral consequences of that fear. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In the classroom, I teach classes in the areas of: social inequality, gender and crime, victimology, and drug use and policy.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Decarceration
Erin Kerrison, UC Berkeley

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

Email: kerrison@berkeley.edu

Website: http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/faculty/erin-kerrison

My research and teaching interests extend from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as social determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, my mixed-method research agenda investigates the impact that compounded structural disadvantage, concentrated poverty and state supervision has on service delivery, substance abuse, violence and other health outcomes for individuals and communities marked by criminal justice intervention.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Restorative Justice
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health/ Mental Health
  • Decarceration

 

Peter A. Kindle, University of South Dakota

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Email: Peter.Kindle@usd.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/usd.edu/peter-a-kindle-p/

I taught inside a Texas prison for six years while completing my doctorate in social work, then spent over a year volunteering with the Second Chance Program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission before locating my current faculty position in South Dakota. I am expecting to conduct a program evaluation for the Carver County jail’s new mental health program over the next two years.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
Jean Kjellstrand, University of Oregon

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

Email: jeank@uoregon.edu

Website: https://education.uoregon.edu/people/faculty/jeank

Dr. Jean Kjellstrand, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Human Services at the University of Oregon, focuses on parental incarceration. Specifically, she examines how parental incarceration impacts child development, and how to support children and their parents both during and after incarceration. Her goal is to create effective interventions that are affordable, acceptable, and sustainable within existing delivery systems. Before entering academics, Dr. Kjellstrand was a licensed social worker for over 15 years. During this period, she developed and coordinated several individual, group, and community interventions to support and empower children and families in high-risk circumstances.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Decarceration
Karen Kolivoski, Howard University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Email: karen.kolivoski@howard.edu

Website: https://www.karenkolivoski.com  and https://twitter.com/KKolivoski

My research interests focus on crossover youth, specifically on understanding how factors in children and youths’ experiences within the child welfare system impact subsequent juvenile and criminal justice system involvement. I am especially interested in understanding the role of out of home placements within the child welfare system, youths’ relationships and perceptions of their child welfare caseworkers, and sibling and family influences as related to criminal justice outcomes. I also have interest and experience in transfer of youths to the adult system and juvenile life without parole, including the misconduct/experiences of youth in prisons. In regards to teaching, I teach in the criminal justice field of practice specialization in the MSW program at Howard University.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice

 

Liat Kriegel, Washington State University

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INNOVATIONS

Email: liat.kriegel@gmail.com

Website: https://www.bhinnovations.org/

I am broadly interested in the intersection of the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. My research explores the roles of public space and public space interactions in the community reentry of individuals with mental illness leaving prison. I am interested in understanding both conceptions and use of public space as well as the different types of connections people make in those spaces, with an eye toward understanding social and spatial indicators of recidivism, community integration, social isolation, and ontological security. I am also involved in research focused on opioid use prevention, treatment and recovery in rural communities.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health/ Mental Health
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

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Lewis Lee, University of Alabama

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Email: lhlee@ua.edu

Website: https://socialwork.ua.edu/blog/social-theme-staff/lee-lewis-phd/

Dr. Lewis Hyukseung Lee has experience working with incarcerated adults and with youth who have come in contact with the criminal justice system. Prior to joining Pitt’s doctoral program, he worked as the Assistant Director for the Korean Community Center in Englewood, New Jersey, where he provided community services for immigrant minorities. His research interests include social policy in the criminal justice system, criminal desistance, mental health disparities and service use, substance use, community-based participatory research, macro practice.

Topic Areas:

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Macro Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Social Policy in Criminal Justice System
  • Substance Abuse
George Leibowitz, Stony Brook University

PROFESSOR, STONY BROOK, UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE

Email: George.Leibowitz@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Website: https://socialwelfare.stonybrookmedicine.edu/faculty-staff/leibowitz

For the past 20 years, I have been working as an interdisciplinary researcher, forensic evaluator, national consultant and trainer in the related fields of adolescent delinquency, addictions, sexually harmful behavior among youth, and adult sexually offending behavior. I am interested in research on sex offender registry reform, restorative justice, and compassionate release laws. I am also a member of the National Association of Forensic Social Work recently co-authored the following textbook: Maschi, T. & Leibowitz, G.S. (Eds.) (2018). Forensic social work: Psychosocial and legal issues across diverse populations and settings (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Decarceration
Jill Levenson, Barry University

PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, BARRY UNIVERSITY

Email: jlevenson@barry.edu

Website: https://www.barry.edu/social-work/faculty/bios/jlevenson.html

I study the effectiveness of sexual offender registries in reducing recidivism, as well as the impact of registration on offenders and communities. My research fits in the larger context of collateral sanctions of criminal sentencing and its impact on employment, housing, social support, psychosocial risk factors, and successful reintegration. I also study the relationship between childhood adversity and adult criminality, and the need for trauma-informed treatment and re-entry services for offenders.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry

 

Taryn Lindhorst, University of Washington

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: tarynlin@uw.edu

Website: http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb/faculty/facpage.php?id=17

Areas of scholarship: violence against women, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, family violence, policy.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
Patricia Logan-Greene, University at Buffalo

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Email: pblogang@buffalo.edu

Website: https://socialwork.buffalo.edu/faculty-research/full-time-faculty/pblogang.html

Interest areas include victimization and perpetration of violence, juvenile justice, violence against women, child maltreatment, adverse childhood experiences, and violence prevention.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Juvenile Justice
Caroline Long, University of Maryland

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: cburry@ssw.umaryland.edu

I have a child welfare background and an ongoing interest in parental incarceration, particularly maternal incarcerated, and the children of incarcerated parents. Additionally, I have a focus on smart decarceration and alternative sentencing.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Health/Mental health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Decarceration

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Kelli J. Marks, Madonna University

BSW PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MADONNA UNIVERSITY

Email: kmarks@madonna.edu

Dr. Kelli Marks is the BSW Program Director in Social Work. Kelli joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2016 and has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan (2000) with an emphasis in interpersonal practice and children and youth and received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2015. Her research focused on the importance of student engagement of academic outcomes, concentrating on minority male achievement.

Kelli worked previously in juvenile justice before entering adult corrections and was employed as a corrections officer with female inmates for several years; she also has 15 years of experience working with adult felons in Oakland County.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Health/Mental Health
Tina Maschi, Fordham University

PROFESSOR, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE IN NEW YORK CITY

Email: tmaschi@fordham.edu

Website: https://www.fordham.edu/info/24281/gss_full-time_faculty_profiles/7181/tina_maschi

Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, is a full professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. Her research is at the intersection of human rights, aging, health/mental, and criminal justice. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr Maschi is the former associate editor of Traumatology published by the American Psychiatric Association and author and/or editor of four books, including Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings and A Human Rights Approach to Social Work Research and Evaluation: A Rights Research Manifesto and the and the soon to be released, “Aging Behind Prison Walls: Stories of Trauma and Resilience” published by Columbia University Press. She is also a licensed clinical social worker with extensive practice experience (including the use of creative arts techniques) in correctional, school, and community mental health settings. She currently teaches research and practice courses in for the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral program, including qualitative methods, at Fordham’s Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses.

Topic Areas:

  • Life Course Trauma, Stress, and Resilience
  • Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Aging
  • Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness
  • Forensic and Interprofessional Practice
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods
Jason Matejkowski, University of Kansas

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Email: jmate@ku.edu

Website: http://socwel.ku.edu/people/faculty/matejkowski-jason

Research interests include policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drug
  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
Carl Mazza, Lehman College CUNY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR, SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT LEHMAN COLLEGE (CUNY)

Email: carl.maaza@lehman.cuny.edu

Website: https://www.lehman.edu/academics/health-human-services-nursing/social-work/faculty-mazza.php

Dr. Mazza has written on incarcerated fathers, children of incarcerated parents, prison education, practicing social work in prison, and various issues regarding reentry. He has recently completed a book on fatherhood in the U.S. and has a chapter on incarcerated fathers. He is the former track chair of the Criminal & Juvenile Justice Track for the Council on Social Work Education. He is currently researching and writing a book on social work with exonerated people.

Topic Areas:

  • Prisons and Jails
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
  • Health/Mental Health

 

 

Susan McCarter, UNC Charlotte

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE

Email: smccarter@uncc.edu

Website: https://pages.uncc.edu/smccar17/

Dr. McCarter’s career began as a juvenile probation officer, inner-city mental health counselor, and policy analyst and advocate in Virginia. For over 20 years she has served as a Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Scholar (now Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED)) and a forensic practitioner. Nationally, Dr. McCarter serves as an expert juvenile justice forensic witness, on the board of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, and chairs the Society of Social Work and Research’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Interest Group. Regionally, she co-chairs the NC RED Subcommittee and the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (funded by the AAC&U and dedicated to truth, racial healing and transformation), and serves on the leadership team for Race Matters for Juvenile Justice as well as their Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Team. Dr. McCarter currently facilitates the UNC Charlotte Racial Equity Skill Building Caucus and leads multiple funded research studies examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP), Juvenile Diversion, and Racial Equity.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Race/Racism

 

Henrika McCoy, UIC

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Email: hmccoy@uic.edu

Website: https://socialwork.uic.edu/profiles/henrika-mccoy/

www.henrikamccoy.com

My research primarily focuses on the intersection of juvenile delinquency and mental health particularly for African American males. I have been previously funded by the Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation to explore the how to strengthen mental health screening for juvenile offenders and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program to address the negative trajectories of juvenile delinquency and promote the mental health of juvenile offenders. I am currently the principal investigator of the National Institute of Justice funded study, Understanding the Violent Victimization Experiences of Young Men of Color. The cooperative agreement is a 3-year, national study funded in the amount of $1.5 million. The project will fill the gap in our knowledge base about the violent victimization experiences of young Black males ages 18 to 24 by: 1) creating and pilot testing an instrument that measures such experiences, 2) identifying their awareness and use of services, and 3) learning about the coping skills and types of supports they use.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
Branden McLeod, UIC

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JANE ADDAMS SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Email: bmcleod7@uic.edu

Website: https://socialwork.uic.edu/profiles/branden-a-mcleod/

My research examines the intersection between fatherhood and the criminal justice system. I endeavor unpack how the criminal justice system potentially attenuates the role of fathers and the factors that mitigate, sustain, and strengthen paternal involvement and family well-being. I teach social welfare, social policy analysis and advocacy, and research methods.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Restorative Justice
David Axlyn McLeod, University of Oklahoma

AD OF RESEARCH AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR,  UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA, ANNE AND HENRY ZARROW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: damcleod@ou.edu 

Website: www.damcleod.com

My work has focused on forensic psychopathology and differential criminal development and has transitioned into post-traumatic growth and trauma driven purpose as a protective factor. 

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality

 

Ivan Medina, Loyola University Chicago

CLINICAL FACULTY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

Email: imedina@luc.edu

Website: https://www.luc.edu/socialwork/aboutus/facultystaff/medinaivan.shtml

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement

 

Louisiana Medina, USC

LCSW, USC

Email: louisiana.medina@gmail.com

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
Annelise Mennicke, UNC Charlotte

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

Email: amennick@uncc.edu

Website: https://pages.uncc.edu/connections/people/annelise-mennicke/

I am interested in victimization histories of incarcerated men and women, how that informs domestic violence programming in prisons, and the relationship to successfully reentry.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Gender and Sexuality
Nakia Miller, UCONN

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AND ADVISOR, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Email: nakia.miller@uconn.edu

As the ongoing epidemic of Mass Incarceration increases, it is imperative to research, understand and knowledgeable of the interventions that already implemented which have been both successful and unsuccessful to be able to develop interventions that will be effective. As social workers, it is our duty to be well informed of the challenges that individuals affected by criminal justice system face as well as possible interventions to help them regain quality of life taken from them because of criminalization. ​

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Community Involvement
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice

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Von E. Nebbitt, Sr., Washington University, St. Louis

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS BROWN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: vnebbitt@wustl.edu

Website: https://brownschool.wustl.edu/Faculty-and-Research/Pages/Von-Nebbitt.aspx

Von Nebbit’s practice and research experiences are in the areas of urban African American children and youth, with a primary research agenda of increasing empirical and theoretical knowledge of the effects of living in urban public housing on minority adolescents’ health and well-being. His research assesses how exposure to community and household violence, peer networks, and social cohesion and belonging are related to the mental, behavioral and physical health of adolescents.

In addition, Nebbitt authored the book “Adolescents in Public Housing: Addressing Psychological and Behavioral Health,” a first volume to use data collected from youth in public housing living multiple U.S. cities. His research has garnered support from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Silberman Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Topic Areas: 

  • African American Youth
  • Public Housing
  • Delinquency
  • High risk youth behavior

 

Trang Nguyen, VNU

PhD, VNU-UNIVERSITY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Email: maiphivn@yahoo.com

I am interested in crime and delinquency, and have been studied violent behaviours for years, mostly students’ violent conducts including bullying at school, and domestic violence. I am working to find a way to establish the presence of social work in justice system in Vietnam, firstly for juvenile justice.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restorative Justice

 

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Karen Oehme, Institute for Family Violence Studies

DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE STUDIES

Email: koehme@fsu.edu

Website: http://familyvio.csw.fsu.edu

My research interests include law and policy on child protection and intimate partner violence (IPV), law enforcement officer-perpetrated IPV, and suicide prevention research and training.

Topic Areas:

  • Policy and Courts
Eyitayo Onifade, Clark Atlanta University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY

Email: eonifade@cau.edu

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry

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Jaimie Page Brill, Texas A&M University, Commerce

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY COMMERCE

Email: jaimiepage.brill@tamuc.edu

Website: https://www.tamuc.edu/academics/cvSyllabi/cv/BrillJaimie.pdf

Dr. Page Brill works with Exonerees who have been wrongfully convicted/incarcerated. In addition to community macro practice, she conducts research around wrongful conviction. She teaches an array of social work courses, including Social Work and the Law.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry

 

Danielle Parrish, Baylor University Houston

PROFESSOR, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY HOUSTON CAMPUS

Email: Danielle_Parrish@baylor.edu

Website: https://www.baylor.edu/social_work/index.php?id=954327

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Oluwayomi Paseda, MSW, LMSW, University of Georgia

DOCTORAL STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Email: oluwayomi@uga.edu

My research interests include reentry programs, interventions, and services for women transitioning from incarceration to the community.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Race/Racism
  • Reentry

 

George Patterson, CUNY Hunter

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CUNY HUNTER COLLEGE

Email: george.patterson@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Gregory Perkins, Walden University

CONTRIBUTING FACULTY, WALDEN UNIVERSITY

Website: https://www.waldenu.edu/about/faculty/meet-our-faculty/member-profile/gregory-perkins3

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
Ashley Pennell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

LMSW, ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE

Email: awalke68@vols.utk.edu

Ashley Pennell is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Knoxville, TN. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee teaching bachelors and masters level forensic social work courses. Her work experience is primarily in social work in public defense settings, jail based therapy, victim advocacy, and re-entry services. She is particularly interested in the intersection of trauma, poverty, and incarceration.

Topic Areas

  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
Clark Peters, University of Missouri

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Email: peterscm@missouri.edu

Website: http://ssw.missouri.edu/faculty_peters.html

 Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Restorative Justice
  • Detention
Carrie Pettus-Davis, Florida State University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FOUNDING DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: cpettusdavis@fsu.edu

Website: https://csw.fsu.edu/person/carrie-pettus-davis

Research and Professional Specializations: applied community-based intervention research with current and former prisoners, services evaluation using corrective statistical modeling, social support and social networks for current and former prisoners, substance use disorders, mental illnesses, and co-occurrence in prisoner populations, transitions from prison to community-based living for former prisoners and their families, trauma and victimization in current and former prisoners, and University – Criminal Justice Practitioner partnerships.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Smart Decarceration
Melinda Pilkinton, Mississippi State University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DIRECTOR OF FIELD INSTRUCTION IN SOCIAL WORK, MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: pilkinton@soc.msstate.edu

Melinda W. Pilkinton is an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Instruction in Social Work. She earned a B.A. degree in social work from Mississippi State University in 1975, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976, and a Ph.D. in social work from Jackson State University in 2007. She has taught a variety of social work courses at MSU since 1999. Additionally, she has worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, supervision & administration, nursing home consultation, and school social work for over 30 years. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Board of Examiner for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists and is active in the Association of Social Work Boards. Her research interests include military families, mental health and substance abuse issues, and social welfare policy.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Drugs
Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Wayne State University

DEAN AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND JUSTICE

Email: spk@wayne.edu

Website: https://socialwork.wayne.edu/profile/ao1692

Sheryl Kubiak is the founding Director of Wane State University’s Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ). Her research interests are at the intersections of criminal legal system and behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders); encompassing both individual as well as systems issues. The CBHJ employs 35 full time individuals involved in a number of various projects at over 20 jails and prisons across Michigan. Dr. Kubiak’s personal research has examined the implications of cumulative stress, PTSD and depression among women in various phases of the criminal justice system; assessed the implications of welfare reform and the child welfare system on those with convictions; analyzed the effects of PTSD on relapse and recidivism among incarcerated men and women; tested the validity and practicality of a brief mental health screening measure for use in a large metropolitan jail; assessed the effects of criminal justice funding of community-based substance abuse treatment nationally; tested interventions in prison settings and lead a statewide evaluation of mental health courts.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Gender and Sexuality
Mark Plassmeyer, University of Arkansas

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Email: mpplassm@uark.edu

My research broadly focuses on the criminal justice system with an emphasis on drug policy and policies that impact people with criminal histories.
I teach social welfare policy and political advocacy courses that focus on local, national, and global economic and social issues while making sure to emphasize the role of drug policy and criminal justice policy in exacerbating these issues. I also helped develop a drug policy class that will be part of our new substance use minor. Lastly, I advocate for increased involvement in the political process for social workers and the socially and economically marginalized communities they serve, particularly people who use drugs and/or have criminal histories.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Rentry
Hughlett Powell, United Arab Emirates University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIVERSITY

Email: brownhillnevis@gmail.com 

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restorative Justice
Kathleen M. Preble, University of Missouri

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Email: preblek@missouri.edu

Website: http://ssw.missouri.edu/faculty_preble.html

Kathleen M. Preble, PhD, MSW focuses her areas of inquiry of human trafficking, sex work, and gender-based violence. Her research interests seek to increase our understanding of these complex phenomena leading to empowering prevention, intervention, and aftercare service delivery. Dr. Preble is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Social Work.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality

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Lisa Rapp-McCall, Saint Leo University

PROFESSOR, SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY

Email: lisa.rapp-mccall@saintleo.edu

Website: https://www.saintleo.edu/faculty-bios/lisa-rapp-mccall

My research expertise includes: juvenile crime and violence, child abuse, school violence, human trafficking, and prevention, as well as program evaluation.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
Jennifer Roark, Utah State University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: jennifer.roark@usu.edut

Website: https://socialwork.usu.edu/tci/people/faculty

My research interests are intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, policing, and community based research. I am dedicated to bridging the gap between university research and agency research by working with criminal justice agencies performing evaluations. ​

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Gender and Sexuality 

 

Taylor Reed, UCLA

MSW/PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Email: taylorashlyn@ucla.edu 

I’m particularly interested in how environmental factors that are at play once individuals are no longer incarcerated affect the success of reentry programs, and how re-entry programs address these exposures. The focus of my research will center around identifying success and weaknesses in existing re-entry programs and highlighting data-backed modifications to these programs to bolster a successful transition back into society. My research will also include studying minority youth in urban neighborhoods and how exposure to violence (both frequency and type) affect their incarceration rates. This work can hopefully be adapted to study other social and environmental factors in order to better understand which experiences are most associated with juvenile incarceration. My work will allow for policy makers and stakeholders to comprehensively understand what occurs in these neighborhoods and identify vulnerable areas that can serve as intervention points to help protect these at-risk youth.

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Race/Racism
  • Reentry
Jacoba Rock, Juniata College

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JUNIATA COLLEGE

Email: rock@juniata.edu

Website: https://www.juniata.edu/academics/departments/sociology/faculty.php

Jacoba Rock is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Criminal Justice and the B.S.W. Program Director at Juniata College. She received her Master of Social Work degree, with a clinical concentration in work with High-Risk Youth in 2010, and a graduate certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2008, both from the University of Denver. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies, with a doctoral minor in Criminology, from Pennsylvania State University in 2021. Dr. Rock’s research focuses on the developmental consequences of childhood trauma, including biological, cognitive, and social contributions, for individuals involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and related intervention opportunities for incarcerated juveniles and young adults. She leads an assessment and intervention study at a Department of Corrections facility which houses young adult offenders, testing the use of a staff empathy training and implementation of a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral intervention. Prior research has focused on restorative practices in juvenile correctional facilities, and systemic disparities in response to parole violations. Dr. Rock maintains social work licensure in both Colorado and Pennsylvania, where she continues to assess a small number of clients serving life without parole sentences for crimes convicted as juveniles, and provide court testimony in these cases; this work began in 2012, following the Miller v. Alabama Supreme Court ruling which held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. Her work has focused on collaborating with attorneys and other criminal justice advocates to encourage the use of social science research which supports resentencing efforts and service access for incarcerated young people. Before 2012, Dr. Rock worked for several years in the child welfare system, as an assessment specialist and caseworker. Between her undergraduate and graduate training, she was also the program coordinator for a restorative justice program based at a police department. She went on to facilitate psychoeducational groups for young adult offenders, primarily those with substance use and anger management related needs. Dr. Rock’s courses include program evaluation, clinical practice courses, cognitive behavioral therapy, group treatment, restorative approaches, child and adolescent trauma, adolescent development, social welfare policy, and juvenile delinquency and youth violence. Dr. Rock serves on the HEAL-PA Trauma Consultation team, Pennsylvania Re-Entry Council, and the Pennsylvania Office of Advocacy and Reform 21st Century Solutions think tank. She also serves Juniata College through participation on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, Bias Response Team, General Education Committee, Health Professions Committee, and Baker Institute board.

Topic Areas:

  • Abolition
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Race/Racism
  • Restorative Justice
Lauren Ricciardelli, Troy University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, TROY UNIVERSITY

Email: lricciardelli@troy.edu

Website: https://www.troy.edu/academics/colleges-schools/health-human-services/departments/social-work-human-services/faculty-staff.html

My overarching, mixed-methods research focus is the intersection of social policy and social work professional ethics across the following topics: criminal justice policy and the death penalty; disability; and, immigration policy/ crimmigration. My secondary research trajectory focuses on social work ethics and digital technology, drawing out implications for both the criminal justice system and the social work profession.

Topic Areas:

  • Policy and Courts
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Decarceration

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Allison Salisbury, UIUC

PHD STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Email: aas6@illinois.edu

Allison Salisbury (she/her/hers), MSW, is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work. Her research interests include criminal justice content in the social work curriculum.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Decarceration
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry 

 

Sophia Sarantakos, University of Chicago

DOCTORAL STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Email: spsarantakos@uchicago.edu

I am a doctoral student interested in the discretionary decision-making behaviors of criminal-legal actors, largely focusing on local prosecutors.

Topic Areas:

  • Decarceration
  • Policy & Courts
Christine M. Sarteschi, Chatham University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CHATHAM UNIVERSITY

Email: csarteschi@chatham.edu

Website: https://www.chatham.edu/academics/undergraduate/criminology/faculty/christine-sarteschi.html

Dr. Christine M. Sarteschi, LCSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Criminology. She researches and teaches courses in behavioral science that cover a wide range of topics including: human behavior, juvenile justice, mental illness and crime, cold case research, problem solving courts, mass murder, and extreme violent crime. Dr. Sarteschi’s most recent works include Mass and Serial Murder in America and a 2020 monograph about extremists entitled: Sovereign Citizens: A Psychological and Criminological Analysis. Her research has appeared in The British Journal of Social Work, Research on Social Work Practice, Aggression and Violent Behavior, the Journal of Criminal Justice, among others.

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
Megan Schlegel, San Jose State University

LECTURER, SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: megan.schlegel@sjsu.edu

Website: https://www.sjsu.edu/justicestudies/our-department/faculty-and-staff/schlegel-m/index.html

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
Craig Schwalbe, Columbia University

PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Email: css2109@columbia.edu

Website: https://socialwork.columbia.edu/faculty-research/faculty/full-time/craig-s-schwalbe/

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Juvenile Justice

 

 

Margaret Severson, University of Kansas

PROFESSOR EMIRITA, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Email: mseverson@ku.edu

Website: http://socwel.ku.edu/people/faculty/severson-margaret

Topic Areas:

  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry
  • Women and Girls
James R. Shannon, University of Maryland

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Email: jshannon@umbc.edu

Currently teaching in the undergraduate policy sequence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County School of Social Work, I have been asked by administrative staff to consider designing a policy course bridging social welfare policy with criminal justice policy. Prior to retiring from the Mongomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation after more than twenty five years of service, I had routinely supervised social work interns, undergrads and grads, in the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. Most of my work was in Reentry at the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
Shannon Sliva, University of Denver

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Email: shannon.sliva@du.edu

Website: https://socialwork.du.edu/about/gssw-directory/shannon-marie-sliva

Shannon Sliva is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, where she conducts leading research on restorative and collaborative approaches to justice which challenge current criminal legal models. Her work questions the efficacy of courts and prisons as mechanisms of justice and considers the role of dialogue and shared experiences in transforming people and systems. Sliva tracks state-level restorative justice legislation across the U.S., and is currently partnering with Colorado practitioners, policymakers and advocates to document the impacts of leading-edge restorative justice laws and develop recommendations for policy transfer. Most recently, Sliva’s research team – in partnership with Sterling Correctional Facility in the Colorado Department of Corrections – joined the Urban Institute’s Prison Innovation and Research Network, a six state consortium to test transformative innovations in correctional facilities. Sliva is also the Director of Research for the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative, where she oversees evaluation of DU PAI’s arts-based workshops and public performances.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Policy and Courts
  • Restorative Justice
Amy Smoyer, Southern Connecticut State University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: smoyera1@southernct.edu

Website: www.amysmoyer.com

My program of research examines the structural determinants of health and health disparities. Specifically, I seek to build knowledge about the lived experience of incarceration, parole, and probation in order to better understand the impact of correctional systems on individual and community health. I am particularly interested in women’s experiences with these systems. In terms of outcomes, my work has focused primarily on HIV care and prevention and food-related wellness.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Reentry
  • Gender and Sexuality 
David W. Springer, University of Texas at Austin

DIRECTOR AND UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED TEACHING PROFESSOR, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Email: dwspringer@austin.utexas.edu

Website: https://rgkcenter.org/team/david-w-springer-phd

Dr. Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. He works with community and nonprofit leaders toward sustainable solutions on a wide range of issues, particularly at the intersection of criminal and juvenile justice, community resilience, and neighborhood revitalization. His work spans direct practice, policy practice, community building, nonprofit management, system reform, research, and leadership.

Topic Areas:

  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Mental Health

 

Kim Stauss, University of Arkansas

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: kstauss@uark.edu

I have collaborated on the development of letter-writing program to help incarcerated parents reconnect with their children. We have completed research on this program and tried to disseminate this program in both community and departmental correctional facilities.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Decarceration
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Gender and Sexuality
Carolyn Sutherby, Michigan State University

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Email: sutherb2@msu.edu

Carolyn has been a social work adjunct professor since 2008, teaching a variety of BSW and MSW courses at four universities. She is also certified to teach the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. Carolyn is completing her Ph.D. in Social Work at Michigan State University, and her research interests involve maternal mental health and substance use disorders, alternatives to incarceration, and the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Restorative Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Gender and Sexuality

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Matthew T. Theriot, UT Ascend

UT ASCEND PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES 

DIRECTOR, TEACHING AND LEARNING INNOVATION 

Email: mtheriot@utk.edu

Website: https://www.csw.utk.edu/faculty-and-staff-listings/faculty-of-the-college-of-social-work/matthew-t-theriot/

Topic Areas:

  • Juvenile Justice
Barb Toews, University of Washington Tacoma

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA

Email: btoews@uw.edu

Website: https://directory.tacoma.uw.edu/employee/btoews

My interests include restorative justice, jails and prisons, and architecture/design. I am a long time restorative justice practitioner and educator, with substantial experience in victim offender dialogue in nonviolent and violent crime. Since 2000, my work has focused on the application of restorative justice in correctional facilities and the meaning and implications of such applications. This work has included educating incarcerated men and women about the philosophy and its common practices and supporting them as they develop and facilitate their own programs. More recently, my interests have grown to include the relationship between restorative justice, architecture/design of correctional facilities and other buildings in which criminal justice occurs, and psycho-social-behavioral-judicial outcomes. 

Topic Areas:

  • Restorative Justice
Hiroki Toi, Toyo University

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, TOYO UNIVERSITY

Email: hirokitoi.sw@gmail.com

Website: http://ris.toyo.ac.jp/profile/en.49ce7e9f9582deae7ed49a595b30efe8.html

Hiroki Toi is an Assistant Professor at Toyo University in Japan where he teaches criminal justice and social work for undergraduate students. Hiroki’s research primarily focuses on better understanding the professional values and conflict among forensic social workers. Hiroki worked as a research assistant for the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and has practiced in forensic psychiatric hospital, prison hospital, and also served as a social work advisor at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Health, Jails and Prisons
  • Policy and Courts
  • Reentry

 

Christine Toner, Fordham University

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Email: ctoner@fordham.edu

Website:  https://www.fordham.edu/info/25437/gss_adjunct_faculty_profiles/10352/christine_toner

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
Stephen Tripodi, Florida State University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DOCTORAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Email: stripodi@fsu.edu

Website: https://csw.fsu.edu/person/stephen-tripodi

Stephen Tripodi’s most recent projects include analyzing the influence of childhood victimization on adult mental health/substance use problems for incarcerated women and ultimately researching its relationship with recidivism. Stephen has recently completed a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of Seeking Safety with women prisoners on PTSD symptoms, depression, and cravings to use alcohol and/or drugs. Seeking Safety is a trauma-focused, cognitive-behavioral substance abuse intervention. Stephen and his interdisciplinary research team are currently writing grant proposals to expand this RCT to include several prisons and jails throughout North Carolina and Idaho.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Gender and Sexuality
Jean E. Twomey, Brown Alpert Medical School

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR, CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS, BROWN ALPERT MEDICAL SCHOOL

Email: jtwomey@wihri.org

Website: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/jtwomeyp

Dr. Twomey has extensive clinical experience in early childhood. She provides therapy to children and their families through the Behavior and Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinics at the Women and Infants Center for Children and Families. She has worked with families affected by perinatal substance use through research, program development and treatment. Her research interests include parenting abilities of substance-using women, developmental outcomes of substance-exposed infants with child welfare involvement, and the impact of infant behavioral difficulties on parental mental health. Dr. Twomey has been involved on longitudinal studies examining prenatal substance exposure and child outcomes. She was co-principal investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant examining families who participated in the RI Family Treatment Drug Court. In 2010, she was named Social Worker of the Year in Children & Families by the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs

 

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Katherine Van Wormer, University of Northern Iowa

PROFESSOR EMIRITA OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

Email: katherine.vanwormer@uni.edu

Website: https://csbs.uni.edu/socialwork/faculty-staff-directory/katherine-vanwormer-phd

Blog Posts:

Dr. van Wormer is the author or co-author of 15 books (not counting new editions), including Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and the Murder-Suicides. Some of her recent books are: Confronting Oppression, Restoring Justice: From Policy Analysis to Social Action (2nd ed.) (co-authored by L .Kaplan and C. Juby) (CSWE, 2012); The Maid Narratives (LSU Press, 2012); Restorative Justice Today (SAGE, 2013); Women and the Criminal Justice System (co-authored with C. Bartollas) (Pearson, 2014); Social Welfare Policy for a Sustainable Future (SAGE, 2016), Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level and HBSE, Macro Level (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective (4th ed.) (co-authored with D.R. Davis) (Cengage, 2018). Van Wormer is currently working on a 5th edition of Women and the Criminal Justice System.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Race/Racism
  • Restorative Justice

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Traci Wike, Virginia Commonwealth University

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Email: twike@vcu.edu

Website: https://www.socialwork.vcu.edu/about/our-team/traci-wike-phd.html

Traci Wike, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at the school since 2011. Her primary area of research focuses on youth experiences of violence, specifically peer-related bullying, victimization, and harassment. A central goal of her research is to identify critical factors to increase resilience and promote healthy social-emotional outcomes for children and youth, especially youth from vulnerable populations. She has conducted work on the effects of social emotional learning on children’s aggression and social competence as well as interpersonal influences on girls’ choices to engage in delinquency. In her current work, she is involved with two studies examining peer, family, and community experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and how they influence positive well-being for this population. In addition, Wike has conducted research and published in the area of evidence-based practice and evidence-supported interventions, and how they are translated into social work practice. Her teaching interests include courses in research methods, community and organizational practice, social welfare policy, and social justice. Prior to her appointment at VCU, Wike worked as a social research associate for a large, federally-funded study on child maltreatment, and also as a practitioner providing services to LGBTQ+ youth and leading trainings on issues specific to this population for community professionals.

Topic Areas:

  • Gender and Sexuality 
Mel Wilson, NASW

SENIOR POLICY CONSULTANT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS

Email: mwilson.NASW@socialworkers.org

My interest and experience with criminal justice and social work includes being active in criminal justice policy and legislative actions via my affiliation with – NASW, the Justice Roundtable , the Justice Reform Taskforce, and the Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Work Group. I have also written several NASW Social Justice Briefs on topics including bail reform, racial profiling, drug policy, and juvenile justice issues.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
  • Policy and Courts
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Health/Mental health
  • Decarceration
  • Race/Racism
Alexandra Wimberly, University of Maryland

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: awimberly@ssw.umaryland.edu

Website: https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/academics/faculty/alexandra-wimberly/

Alexandra researches interventions for individuals with substance use problems and associated challenges such as criminal justice involvement and HIV risk. She is interested in complementary health approaches to improve stress coping as a pathway to reduced substance use. For example, she designed and implemented an RCT testing the effect of a yoga intervention on stress, substance use and HIV outcomes for individuals in reentry from prison or jail. Alexandra also researches interventions that recognize the chronic nature of substance use disorders, particularly continuing care.

Topic Areas:

  • Alcohol and Drugs

 

Lilane Windsor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DIRECTOR FOR FACULTY RESEARCH, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Email: lwindsor@illinois.edu

Website: www.newarkccb.org

Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is the Director of Faculty Research and Associate Professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the application of critical consciousness theory to the development of multi-level interventions designed to reduce health inequalities related to substance use disorders, including HIV infection and incarceration in marginalized communities. Dr. Windsor follows community based participatory research (CBPR) principles and utilizes a variety of scientific methodologies including ethnography, randomized experimental controlled trials, measurement development, meta-analysis, and online survey. Dr. Windsor is the founder and chair of the Newark Community Collaborative Board, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers developed Community Wise, a multilevel intervention designed to reduce substance use frequency, criminal offending, and health risk behaviors. Dr. Windsor has overseen numerous research studies in the United States and in Brazil. Currently, she is principal investigator of the Community Wise Optimization study (R01 funded by NIMHD) and its administrative supplements. Dr. Windsor is also a co-investigator in the Social Action in Rural Communities Study, an Avant Guarde research award from NIDA to Dr. Dolores Albarracin. Finally, Dr. Windsor is a RWJ Health Policy fellow at the National Academy of Medicine. Her teaching interests include research methods, social justice, and substance use disorders. Born and raised in Brazil, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from FCH-FUMEC, Brazil in 1998. She moved to Texas in 2000 to pursue her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.

Topic Areas:

  • Reentry
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Community Involvement
  • Health and/or Mental Health

 

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Hidenori Yamatani, Pittsburgh University

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH PITTSBURGH UNIVERSITY, PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Email: hzy@pitt.edu

Website: http://crsp.pitt.edu/person/hidenori-yamatani-phd-msw

As the Pitt School of Social Work’s associate dean for research, Yamatani oversees sponsored research, training, and service projects; provides proposal-development assistance for external funding; promotes interdisciplinary research projects; enhances scholarly research and activities; and facilitates faculty mentoring. A full professor, his research specialties include organizational development, strategic planning, program optimization and evaluation, and community research. Yamatani directs Pitt’s Community Enhancement Research Network (CERN), which promotes community development through collaborative applied social work research. CERN includes faculty from the social work school and other Pitt units as well as non-Pitt researchers and community stakeholders.

Topic Areas:

  • Community Involvement
  • Jails and Prisons
  • Reentry
Diane Young, University of Washington at Tacoma

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA

Email: youngd4@u.washington.edu

Website: https://directory.tacoma.uw.edu/employee/youngd4

I came to University of Washington-Tacoma to help develop an undergraduate criminal justice major with a focus on social justice. We are now the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice and encompass undergraduate degrees in social welfare, criminal justice, and a graduate degree in social work. Our programs are well-linked with cross-listed courses and faculty who teach across degree programs. My own research focuses on social work practice within criminal justice settings; mental health service delivery within jails/prisons; and families affected by incarceration and reentry.

Topic Areas:

  • Jails and Prisons