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Leah Jacobs Named National Institute of Justice Fellow

Award will support the doctoral candidate's research on recidivism for probationers with psychiatric diagnoses

Berkeley Social Welfare PhD candidate Leah Jacobs has been named a recipient of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

She is just one of five doctoral students nationwide to be granted the extremely competitive and prestigious award, which will provide nearly $32,000 in support for her research project, "More than Mental Disorder: The Effects of Neighborhoods and Treatment on Recidivism for Probationers with Psychiatric Diagnoses."

"I am truly honored to receive the award and grateful to those who have supported my work thus far, including my dissertation chair, Dr. Skeem, and committee members Dr. Gambrill and Dr. Raphael," says Jacobs. "My hope is that this award is a symbol of NIJ's recognition that social welfare approaches to understanding and intervening upon the conditions that promote incarceration are both warranted and necessary for decarceration."

Click here to read Jacobs' abstract for "More than Mental Disorder: The Effects of Neighborhoods and Treatment on Recidivism for Probationers with Psychiatric Diagnoses."