I am avidly interested in both mental health and criminology topics. I am particularly interested in the intersection of these two topics, especially when it comes to criminal cases. As of late my focus has been on the Jodi Arias case, and other high-profile criminal cases.

I am an “Ask the Therapist” columnist for PsychCentral.com and was named the 7th Most Influential Mental Health Expert on the Internet.

I am also a licensed clinical social worker and an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Criminology with extensive experience in the field of mental health. I have worked in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. I have also worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling centers, university research centers, and have published in academic journals.

The majority of my research interests have focused on:

  • High profile trial that involve aspects of mental illness
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Anosognosia (lack of insight)
  • Psychosis
  • Criminology, Criminal Justice & Social Work
  • Mental Health Courts
  • Mentally Ill, Juvenile and Women Offenders
  • Solitary Confinement
  • Suicide
  • Mental Health & Mental Illness
  • Relationships
  • Threat Assessment & Homicidal Ideation

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  1. “when there are higher levels of incarceration there seems to be fewer people in psychiatric hospitals”. I’d be interested to see the evidence laid out for this, not that I’m disagreeing just that the evidence itself would be interesting to have to hand. Does this relationship hold true internationally or just in the US?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for writing. For Ireland specifically, you might want to check out this study :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17436459

      That research is based on a theory put forth by Lionel Penrose in 1939. Penrose’s Law basically states that there is an inverse relationship between the number hospital beds and the number of prison beds. It seems to be true for the US, the UK and other parts of the world as well.

      Kind Regards,

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