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Erin M. Kerrison

Assistant Professor

Erin Kerrison will be on research leave during the 2018-19 academic year.

Assistant Professor Erin M. Kerrison's work extends from a legal epidemiological framework, wherein law and legal institutions operate as social determinants of health. Specifically, through varied agency partnerships, her 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.

Dr. Kerrison's research has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Ford Foundation, and the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Her recent empirical research has been published in Punishment & Society, Social Science & Medicine, the Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology and the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice. Her current book project is tentatively titled, Hustles and Hurdles: Law’s Impact on Desistance for Job-Seeking Former Prisoners, and foregrounds life history narratives for a sample of 300 drug-involved former prisoners. Their stories are analyzed through critical race and intersectional theoretical lenses, and local reentry conditions are contextualized by contemporary "collateral consequences" legislation that further undermine employment seeking outcomes within a contracted Rust Belt labor market. This study demonstrates how law, labor markets, neighborhoods, criminal justice surveillance and substance abuse patterns are compounded and steer long-term desistance and health outcomes.

Dr. Kerrison holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Haverford College, an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from Villanova University, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Delaware. She was awarded a Vice Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Law & Society Association and the Society for Social Work and Research.


  • Criminal Justice Organization and Policy
  • Legal Consciousness Among Underserved Community Members
  • Legal Epidemiology
  • Privatization of Healthcare and Supervision in Underserved Communities
  • Risk/Needs Assessments
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities
  • Trauma and Crime


SW 260: Forensic Social Welfare

SW 280: Introduction to Social Welfare Research

I am neither currently in a position to sponsor any visiting students or fellows from overseas at this time, nor am I considering applications for direct research supervisees. Prospective students (MSW and/or PhD) who are interested in partnering with faculty at the School of Social Welfare, should review my colleagues' respective webpages.

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Expanded Publications



Del Toro, J., Lloyd, T., Buchanan, K. S., Robins, S. J., Bencharit, L. Z., Smiedt, M. G., Reddy, K. S., Pouget, E. R. Kerrison, E. M., Goff, P. A. (2019). The criminogenic effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(17), 8261–8268.

Bandes, S. A., Pryor, M., Kerrison, E. M., & Goff, P. A. (2019). The mismeasure of Terry stops: Assessing the psychological and emotional harms of stop and frisk to individuals and communities. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 37, 176–194.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Risky business, risk assessment, and other heteronormative misnomers in women’s community corrections and reentry planning. Punishment & Society, 20(1), 134–151.

Kerrison, E. M., Cobbina, J., & Bender, K. (2018). “Your pants won’t save you”: Why black youth challenge race-based police surveillance and the demands of black respectability politics. Race and Justice, 8(1), 7–26. *Lead Article for Special Issue: “Youth and Policing”

Kerrison, E. M. (2017). An historical review of racial bias in prison-based substance abuse treatment design. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 56(8), 567–592.

Kerrison, E. M. (2018). Exploring how prison-based drug rehabilitation programming shapes racial disparities in substance use disorder recovery. Social Science & Medicine, 199, 140–147.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E. M., Paternoster, R., Smith, L., & Connell, D. O. (2016). The complex relationship between motherhood and desistance. Women and Criminal Justice, 26(3), 212–231.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., Paternoster, R., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance for a long-term drug involved sample of adult offenders: The importance of identity transformation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(2), 164–186.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Paternoster, R. (2016). The effects of age at prison release on women’s desistance trajectories: A mixed-method analysis. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2(3), 341–370.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Smith, L. (2016). Desistance from crime and identity: An empirical test with survival time. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(9), 1204–1224.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). White claims to illness and the race-based medicalization of addiction for drug-involved former prisoners. Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, 31, 105–128.

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Bushway, S., Kerrison, E., & O’Connell, D. (2015). Human agency and explanations of criminal desistance: Arguments for a rational choice theory. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 1(3), 209–235.



Kerrison, E. M. “Meditation Programs.” (In Press). In K. R. Kerley, H. Copes, S. De Li, & S. F. Sharp (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

Kerrison, E. M., & Bachman, R. (2016). Second-chance grandparenting: How a new and renewed identity impacts the desistance process. In S. F. Sharp, S. Marcus-Mendoza, K. A. Cameron, & E. S. Daniel-Roberson (Eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System (pp. 225–242). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Alvarez, A. (2015). The societal causes of violence. In P. T. Clements, S. Seedat, & E. N. Gibbings (Eds.), Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment (pp. 123–150). St. Louis, MO: STM Learning, Inc.



Owens, E., Kerrison, E. M., & Santos Da Silveira, B. (2017). Examining racial disparities in criminal case outcomes among indigent defendants in San Francisco. Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., & Paternoster, R. (2013). Roads diverge: Long-term patterns of relapse, recidivism and desistance for a cohort of drug-involved offenders (Grant Number 2008-IJ-CX-1107). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice.



Kerrison, E. M. (2016). Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 by Koritha Mitchell. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 4(2), 101-103.

Kerrison, E. M. (2015). Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South by Talitha L. LeFlouria. Punishment & Society, 17(4), 535-537.

Anu Manchikanti Gómez

Assistant Professor

ANU MANCHIKANTI GÓMEZ is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare and director of the Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Gómez has worked as a health equity researcher with a focus on reproduction and sexuality throughout the life course. She has conducted research both in the US and globally on diverse topics, including contraceptive use, abortion, HIV prevention, gender equity, transgender health and violence against women and children. Dr. Gómez's current research focuses on three areas: (1) the measurement and meaning of pregnancy planning; (2) understanding contraceptive decision-making within social, relational and structural contexts; and (3) evaluating the impact of and evidence base for policies related to reproductive health. She also serves as a co-PI on SOLARS, a prospective, longitudinal cohort study funded by UCSF's Preterm Birth Initiative. SOLARS aims to describe the relationship between psychosocial stress and preterm birth in Black and Hispanic/Latina women in Oakland and Fresno, Calif. She currently collaborates with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco; the Guttmacher Institute; Planned Parenthood Northern California; and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.

Dr. Gómez's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Society for Family Planning Research Fund, the Berkeley Population Center, the Institute for Research on Labor and Education at UCB, the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, and Gilead Sciences. In 2017, she was named a winner of 120 Under 40, a global initiative to identify the next generation of family planning leaders. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Professional Award from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Gómez currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Women's Health Network and Ibis Reproductive Health.

Dr. Gómez earned her PhD in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She also received an MSc in Health, Population and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University.

Many of Dr. Gómez's full-text publications can be found on the University of California's eScholarship platform.


  • Sexual and Reproductive Health 
  • HIV Prevention
  • Gender Equity
  • Violence against Women
  • Transgender Health
  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health


I typically teach SW282, a yearlong research methods course for 2nd year MSW students. I occasionally teach SW250L: Human Sexuality. I wll be teaching SW250L in Spring 2019.

Current Projects

In the News


2018                 RISE Leader, Gender Equity Resource Center, University of California, Berkeley

2017                 Outstanding Young Professional Award, Sexual and Reproductive Health Section,
American Public Health Association

2017                 Winner, 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University

2017-2018          Faculty Award, Institute on Research on Labor and Education, University of California, Berkeley

2016                 2nd Place, Top Poster Abstract, North American Forum on Family Planning

2011-2014          NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Neilands TB, Chakravarty D, Dworkin SL, Campbell CK, Wilson PA, Gómez AM, Grisham KK, Hoff CC. "Development and Validation of the Power Imbalance in Couples Scale (PICS)." (In Press). Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Gómez AM, Arcara J. (In Press). "State Contraceptive Equity Protections and Privately Insured Women's Expectations of Contraceptive Access without the Affordable Care Act." Social Service Review.

Gómez AM, McCullough C, Hoff C. (In Press). "Expectations of Future Provision of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception in California." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Downey MM, Gómez AM. (2018). "Beyond Immutable Barriers: Structural Competency and Reproductive Health." AMA Journal of Ethics 20(3): 211-223.

Gómez AM, Mann ES, Torres V. (2018). "‘It Would Have Control Over Me Instead of Me Having Control’: Intrauterine Devices and the Meaning of Reproductive Freedom." Critical Public Health 28(2): 190-200.

Gómez AM. (2018). "Abortion and Subsequent Depressive Symptoms: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." Psychological Medicine 48(2): 294-304.

Gómez AM. (2017). "Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017." JAMA 318(22):2253-2254

Gómez AM, Wapman M*. (2017). "Under (Implicit) Pressure: Young Black and Latina Women’s Perceptions of Contraceptive Care." Contraception 96(4) 221-226..

Gómez AM. (2017). "Availability of Pharmacist-Prescribed Contraception in California, 2017." JAMA 318(22):2253-2254.

Gómez AM, Freihart B*. (2017). "Motivations for Interest, Disinterest  and Uncertainty in IUD Use." Maternal and Child Health Journal 21(9): 1753–1762.

Downey MM*, Arteaga S*, Villaseñor EV, Gómez AM. (2017). "More Than a Destination: Contraceptive Decision-Making As a Journey." Women’s Health Issues 27(5): 539–545.

Gubrium A, Mann ES, Borrero S, Dehlendorf C, Fields J, Geronimus AT, Gómez AM, Harris LH, Higgins J, Kimport K, Luker K, Luna Z, Mamo L, Roberts D, Romero D, Sisson G. (2016). "Realizing Reproductive Health Equity Needs More than Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)." American Journal of Public Health 106(1), 18-19.

Arteaga S*, Gómez AM. (2016). “`Is That a Method of Birth Control?’ A Qualitative Exploration of Young Women’s Use of Withdrawal.” Journal of Sex Research 53(4-5): 626-632.  

Campbell C*, Gómez AM, Wilson P, Grisham K*, Hoff C, Dworkin S. (2016). "Sexual Behavior and HIV Risk Among Age-Discrepant, Same-Sex Male Couples:  A Qualitative Exploration." Culture, Health and Sexuality 18(12): 1319-1332.

Marshall CJ*, Gómez AM. (2015). “Young Men’s Awareness and Knowledge of Intrauterine Devices in the United States.” Contraception 92(5): 494-500.

Fonseka R*, Minnis AM, Gómez AM. (2015). “Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration among Sri Lankan Men.” PLoS ONE. 

Gómez AM, Clark J. (2014). “The Relationship between Contraceptive Features Preferred by Young Women and Interest in IUDs: An Exploratory Analysis.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 157-63.

Gómez AM, Allina A, Fuentes L. (2014). “Women or LARC First? Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 46(3), 171-5

Campbell C, Gómez AM, Dworkin S, Wilson P, Grisham K, McReynolds J, Vielehr P, Hoff C. (2013). “Health, Trust, or ‘Just Understood?’: Condom Decision-making Processes of Black, White, & Interracial Gay Couples." Archives of Sexual Behavior 43(4), 697-706.

Gómez AM, Beougher SC, Chakravarty D, Neilands TB, Mandic CG, Darbes LA, Hoff CC (2012). “Relationship Dynamics as Predictors of Broken Agreements About Outside Sexual Partners: Implications for HIV Prevention Among Gay Couples.AIDS & Behavior 16(2), 1584-8.

Speizer IS, Gómez AM, Stewart J, Voss P. (2011). “Community-Level HIV Behaviors and HIV Prevalence Among Women and Men in Zimbabwe.” AIDS Education and Prevention 23(5), 437-47.

Gómez AM. (2011). “Sexual Violence as a Predictor of Unintended Pregnancy, Contraceptive Use and Unmet Need Among Female Youth in Colombia.” Journal of Women’s Health 20(9), 1349-56. 

Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Moracco KE. (2011) “Linkages Between Gender Equity and Intimate Partner Violence Among Urban Brazilian Youth.” Journal of Adolescent Health 49(4), 393-99. 


Gómez AM. (2011) “Testing the Cycle of Violence Hypothesis: Child Abuse and Adolescent Dating Violence as Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood.” Youth & Society 43(1), 171-92. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2010) “Community-Level Intimate Partner Violence and the Circumstances of First Sex Among Young Women from Five African Countries.” Reproductive Health 7(11). 


Speizer IS, Beauvais BF, Gómez AM, Finn T, Roussel B. (2009) “Using Multiple Sampling Approaches to Measure Sexual Risk-Taking Among Young People in Haiti: Programmatic Implications.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4), 277-88. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS. (2009) “Intersections Between Childhood Abuse and Adult Intimate Partner Violence Among Ecuadorian Women.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 13(4), 559-66. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Beauvais HF. (2009) “Sexual Violence and Reproductive Health Among Youth in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.” Journal of Adolescent Health 44(5), 508-10. 


Gómez AM, Speizer IS, Reynolds H, Murray N, Beauvais HF. (2008) “Age Differences at Sexual Debut and Subsequent Reproductive Health: Is There a Link?” Reproductive Health 5(8). 


Miller M, Liao Y, Gómez AM, Gaydos C, D’Mellow DM. (2008) “Factors Associated with the Prevalence and Incidence of Trichomonas Vaginalis Among African American Women Who Use Drugs in New York City.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases 197(4), 503-9.


Gómez AM, Grimes DA, Lopez LM, Schulz KF. (2007) “Steroid Hormones for Contraception in Women with Sickle Cell Disease.” The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 


Speizer IS, Finn A, Manchikanti A, Beauvais H, Roussel B. (2007) Risk-taking Behaviors Among Youth Socializing in Target Venues of Carrefour, Haiti: Adaptation of the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) Methodology. Chapel Hill, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina. 


Book Contributions 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fertility.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Measures of Fetal Death.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Manchikanti A. (2007). “National Maternal and Infant Health Survey.” InEncyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Manchikanti A. (2007). “United Nations Children’s Fund.” In Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. Sarah Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Hoff C, Manchikanti A. (2005). “Spoken and Unspoken Desires: Sexual Negotiation and Communication Strategies Among HIV-Positive Gay and Bisexual Men.” In HIV+ Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-Seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men's Relationships. Eds. Perry Halkitis, Cynthia Gómez, Richard Wolitski. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Books. 

Tina Sacks

Assistant Professor

TINA SACKS is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial inequities in health, social determinants of health, and poverty and inequality. Professor Sacks focuses on the how macro-structural forces, including structural discrimination and immigration, affect women’s health. Her current work investigates the persistence of racial and gender discrimination in health care settings among racial/ethnic minorities who are not poor. She published a book on this subject entitled Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford, 2019) Her next major project explores the implications of the infamous U.S. Public Health Service Tuskegee Syphilis Study on the Study’s direct descendants.

Professor Sacks is also the principal investigator of two projects on immigration and health including a bi-national study of migration, labor, and health among indigenous Mexican women in California and Oaxaca, Mexico. She also leads a study of gender dynamics and food stamp participation among Latina immigrants in California in collaboration with the Berkeley Food Institute and the UC Berkeley Nutrition Policy Institute.

Professor Sacks’ work has been published in Race and Social Problems, Qualitative Social Work, Family and Community Health, Health Affairs, the New Yorker, and MSNBC News. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Sacks collaborates with Carlos Javier Ortiz, a photographer and documentary filmmaker, on issues affecting Black and Latino communities. Their films, We All We Got (2015) and A Thousand Midnights (2016), appeared at the AFI, Tribeca, LA, and St. Louis International Film Festivals among others.

Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Professor Sacks spent nearly a decade working for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she worked on public health policy with special emphasis in environmental and women’s health programs.  Her experience includes serving as the special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director of the Baltimore City Health Department, and executive director of a non-profit healthcare organization.



  • Racial Disparities in Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Poverty and Inequality

Current Projects

In the News


2015, IIS Manuscript Mini-Conference Grant, The Institute of International Studies (IIS)

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Tina K. Sacks (2017): Performing Black womanhood: a qualitative study of stereotypes and the healthcare encounter, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1307323


Gunn, Alana J., Sacks, Tina K., and Jemel, Alexis (2016). "That's not me anymore": Resistance strategies for managing intersectional stigmas for women with substance use and incarceration histories. Qualitative Social Work.

Sacks, T. (2015). "New Pathways to Analysis through Thick Description: Historical Trauma and Emerging Qualitative Research." Qualitative Social Work. 14(6) 753–757.


Ferrera, M. J., Sacks, T. K., Perez, M., Nixon, J. P., Asis, D., & Coleman, R. W. L. (2015). Empowering immigrant youth in Chicago: utilizing CBPR to document the impact of a youth health service corps program. Family & community health, 38(1), 12-21.

Sacks, T. (under review). Mobilizing class resources and presenting the self: The differential healthcare experiences of black middle class women.

Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Benjamin W. Woodson, Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Tina Sacks, Michelle Fleig-Palmer and Monica E. Peek. Forthcoming. "Examining the Relationship between Interpersonal and Institutional Trust in the Political and Health Care Contexts." in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration, edited by E. Shockley, T. M. S. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein. New York: Springer

Sacks, T. (2013). “Race and Gender Concordance: Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities or Red Herring? Evidence from a Qualitative Study.” Race and Social Problems.

Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Sacks T., Mininger, C., McClintock, MK, & Olopade, O. (2008). “Targeting Health Disparities: Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions.” Health Affairs.

Furimoto-Dawson, A. & Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Olapade, O., & Sacks, T. (2007). “Early life conditions and mechanisms population health vulnerabilities.” Health Affairs.


Sacks, T. (2015, January). “Use of the Vignette Technique in a Qualitative Study of Health Disparities.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T., Das, A., Jones, A., Hoffman, C., Staller, K., Padgett, D., Gilgun, J. (2015, January). “Beyond Description: A Workshop on Moving from Description to Analysis in Qualitative Social Work Research.” Panel discussion held at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T. (2014, October). Negotiating the Health Care Encounter: Race, Class and Gender in the Age of the Affordable Care Act. University of California Berkeley Alumni Weekend Speaker’s Series (invited).

Sacks, T. (2014, January). “Sanguinity and the Black Body: African American Women, Hysterectomy and Reproductive Freedom.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Sacks, T. (2013, March). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Engendering Society Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2013, January). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, October). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, January). Mobilizing Class Resources and Presenting the Self: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. 

Sacks, T. (2011, October). The Black Women’s Health Care Project: Health and Resilience Among the Black Middle Class. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. (2010, October). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Using Qualitative Data to Explore Perspectives of Middle Class African American Women.Presentation delivered at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Mininger, C. & Sacks, T. (2008, January). Measuring the Built Environment in Breast Cancer Research. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. & Brazelton, J. (2005, December). Loneliness: A Risk Factor for Breast Cancer Among African-American Women. Paper presentation at the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA.


Sacks, T. (2012, December). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at Rush Medical Center University Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2012, June). Black, Female, and Middle-Class: A Healthcare Negotiation. Presentation delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T (2009, January). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Perspectives of Middle class African Americans. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2008, May). Middle-class African-Americans: Persistent Health Challenges. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Curry, A., Bird, Jason, Darrow, J. (October, 2008). Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching Assistants. The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Teaching Workshop, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Mininger, C. & Gehlert, S. (2007, April). Social Isolation, the Built Environment, and Breast Cancer. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Gehlert, S. (2006, November). Felt Loneliness and Breast Cancer Outcomes. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Mininger C. (2006, November). Trans-disciplinary Research: Breast Cancer and the Social Environment. External Advisory Committee-National Institutes of Health (NCI and NIEHS), Chicago, IL.

Kurt Organista


A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.

Dr. Organista's book, HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice, is the first-ever collection of texts written by leading authorities on the topic of HIV prevention among diverse Latino populations. It attempts to respond to the diminishing returns of the behavioral model of HIV risk by deconstructing the many social ecological contexts of risk within the Latino experience. He is also served as the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse Alcoholism (NIAAA)-funded project that seeks to developing and test a structural-environmental model of HIV risk and prevention for migrant day laborers in San Francisco and Berkeley (2010 to 2015).

Dr. Organista currently teaches courses on social problems and psychopathology, stress and coping and social work practice with Latino populations.


In the News

Expanded Publications

Organista, K. C., Arreola, S. G. & Neilands, T. (2016).  La desesperación in Latino migrant day laborers and its role in substance related sexual risk.  Social Science and Medicine—Population Health, 2, 32-42.   

Organista, K. C., Marcia, L., Martinez, C., Acalá, M. & Ramirez, J. (2016). Undocumented Latino migrant day laborers in the San Francisco Bay Area: Psychosocial, economic and political consequences. In R. Furman & A. Ackerman (Eds.), The Immigrant Other: Lived experiences in a transnational world (p. 90-106). New York:  Colombia University Press.

 Ojeda, L., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Latino American men. In Y.J. Wong & S. R. Wester (Eds.), APA handbook of the psychology of men and masculinities. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Hernandez, M. Y., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Qualitative exploration of an effective depression literacy fotonovela with at risk Latina immigrants. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56 (1-2), 79-88. DOI 10.1007/s10464-015-9729-8

Horevitz, E., Organista, K.C., & Arean, P. (2015). Depression treatment uptake in integrated primary care: Examination of the warm handoff and other decision making factors among Latino clients. General Hospital Psychiatry.

Organista, K. C., Worby, P.A., Quesada, J., Arreoloa, S. G., Kral, A.H. & Khoury, S. (in press). Sexual health of Latino migrant day laborers under conditions of structural vulnerability. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Horevitz, E. O. & Organista, K. C. (in press). The Mexican Health Paradox: Expanding the explanatory power of the acculturation construct. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Organista, K. C. (2009). Latino clinical perspective on Montalvo’s ethnoracial gap in clinical practice with Latinos. Clinical Social Work Journal, 37, 287-293.

Organista, K. C. (2009). New practice model for Latinos in need of social work services. Social Work, 54(4), 297-305.

Organista, K. C. & Ehrlich, S. F. (2008). Predictors of condom use in Latino migrant day laborers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 30(3), 379-396.

Organista, K. C. (2008). The plight and fight of farmworkers in the United States (pp. 103-113). In R. Nahmias, The migrant project: Contemporary California Farm Workers. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Brammeier, M., Chow, J. M., Samuel, M. C., Organista, K. C., Miller, J., & Bolan, G. (2008). Sexually transmitted diseases and risk behaviors among California agricultural workers: Results from a population-based survey. Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 279-284

Organista, K. C. (2007). Commentary: The need to explicate culturally competent approaches with Latino clients. In J. Christopher Muran (Ed.), Dialogues on difference (pp. 168-175). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C. (2007). Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems: Theory, research, and populations. Hoboken, New Jersey: John J. Wiley & Sons, Publishers.

Limb, G., & Organista, K. C. (2006). Change between entry and graduation in MSW student views on social work’s traditional mission, career motivations, and practice preferences: Caucasians, students of color and American Indian group comparisons. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 269-290.

Organista, K. C. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral therapy with Latinos and Latinas. In P. A. Hays and G. Y. Iwamasa, Culturally responsive cognitive-behavior therapy: Assessment, practice, and supervision (pp. 73-96). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C., Alvarado, N., Balbutin-Burnham, A., Worby, P., & Martinez, S. (2006). An exploratory study of HIV prevention with Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 5(2), 89-114.

Organista, K. C., & Kubo, A. (2005). Pilot survey of HIV risk and contextual problems and issues in Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(4), 269-281.

Organista, K. C., Carrillo, H., & Ayala, G. (2004). HIV prevention with Mexican migrants: Review, critique, and recommendations. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 37 (suppl. 4), S227-S239.

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Steven P. Segal

Professor of the Graduate School

STEVEN P. SEGAL is professor of the graduate school at the School of Social Welfare. His research interests include mental health and social policy, research methods, adult residential care, self-help mental health services, violence and mental illness, community mental health, homelessness, social work practice, psychiatric epidemiology, social support systems, social ecology, health policy and psychiatric emergencies.

In 2012, Dr. Segal received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, where he earned his doctoral degree. 


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Distinguished Alumni Award: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, 2012

Curriculum Vitae

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Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (2013) Are All Consumer-Operated Programs Empowering Self-Help Agencies? Social Work in Mental Health.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (2013) Self stigma in consumer-operated and community mental health services: Two randomized controlled trials. Psychiatric Services.

Segal, SP. (2012) Civil Commitment Law, Mental Health Services, and U.S. Homicide Rates. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Published online: 10 November 2011, Print version: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 47:1449–1458

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (2011) Outcomes from Consumer-operated and community mental health services: A randomized controlled trial. Psychiatric Services. 62(8), 915-921.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (2010) Self-Help and Community Mental Health Agency Outcomes: A Recovery-Focused Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychiatric Services. 61(9), 905-910.

Segal, S. P., & Burgess, P. (2009) Preventing psychiatric hospitalization and involuntary outpatient commitment. Social Work in Health Care. 48(3), 232-242.

Segal SP, Preston N, Kisely S, and Xiao J. (2009) Conditional release in Western Australia: effect on hospital length of stay. Psychiatric Services,  60(12) s/b 60(1).

Segal SP, Burgess PM (2008) Use of community treatment orders to prevent psychiatric hospitalization. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42:733-740.

Segal, SP and Tauber, A.I. (2007) Revisiting Hume’s Law. American Journal of Bioethics.

Segal, S. P., & Burgess, P. (2006). Extended outpatient civil commitment and treatment utilization. Social Work in Health Care, 43(2/3), 37-51. ISSN: 0098-1389

Segal, S. P., & Burgess, P. (2006). The utility of extended outpatient civil commitment. International Journal of Law and Mental Health, 29(6), 525-534.

Segal, S. P., & Burgess, P. (2006). Conditional hospital release: Interpreting the message. Psychiatric Services, 57(12), 1810.

Theriot, M., & Segal, S. P. (2005). Involvement with the criminal justice system among new clients at outpatient mental health agencies. Psychiatric Services, 56(2), 179-185.

Hahm, H., & Segal, S. P. (2005). Failure to seek needed health care among the mentally ill.American Journal of Ortho Psychiatry, 75(1), 54-62.

Barretto, R., & Segal, S. P. (2005). Use of mental health services by Asian Americans. Psychiatric Services, 56(6), 746-748.

Prince, J., & Segal, S. P. (2005). An empowering medical model of mental health care. Psychiatric Services, 56(4), 901.

Segal, S. P. (2005). Service use by Asian Americans: In Reply. Psychiatric Services, 56(10), 1314.

Segal, S. P. (2005) “Self-Help Mental Health Agencies.” In Stuart A. Kirk, Editor Mental Health in the Social Environment: Critical Perspectives. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 201-213.

Segal, S. P., Laurie, T., & Franskoviak, P. (2004). Ambivalence of PES patients towards hospitalization and factors in their disposition. International Journal of Law and Mental Health, 27(1), 87-99.

Hodges, J. Q., Hardiman, E. R., & Segal, S. P. (2004) Predictors of hope among members of mental health self-help agencies. Social Work in Mental Health, 2(1), 1-16.

Segal, S. P. (2004) Managing transitions and insuring good care. Psychiatric Services, 55(11), 1205.

Segal, S. P. (2003). Large data sets are powerful. Psychiatric Services, 54(5), 745-746.

Theriot, M. T., Segal, S. P. & Cowsert, M. J. Jr. (2003). African-Americans and comprehensive service use. Community Mental Health Journal, 29(3), 225-237.

Segal, S. P., & Riley, S. (2003). Caring for persons with serious mental illness: Policy & practice suggestions. Social Work and Mental Health, 1(3), 1-17.

Hardiman, E. R., & Segal, S. P. (2003) Community membership and social networks in mental health self-help agencies. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 27(1).

Segal, S. P., & Silverman, C. (2002). Determinants of client outcomes in mental health self help agencies. Psychiatric Services, 53(3), 304-309.

Holschuh, J., & Segal, S. P. (2002). Factors related to multiplexity in support networks of persons with severe mental illness. In J. A. Levy and B. A. Pescosolido (Eds.), Social Networks and Health, Vol. 8, Advances in Medical Sociology (pp. 2985-323). Oxford: Elsevier Science.

Hodges, J. Q., & Segal, S. P. (2002). Goal advancement among mental health self-help agency members. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 26(1), 78-85.

Franskoviak, P., & Segal, S. P. (2002). Substance use and mental disorder diagnostic profiles in a sample long-term self-help agency users. American Journal of Ortho Psychiatry, 72(2), 232-240.

Segal, S. P., Hardiman, E. R., & Hodges, J. Q. (2002). Characteristics of new clients at self-help and community mental health agencies located in geographic proximity. Psychiatric Services, 53, 1145-1152.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., & Akutsu, P. (2002). Involuntary return to a psychiatric emergency service within twelve months. Social Work in Health Care, 35(1/2), 591-603.

Segal, S. P., Hodges, J. Q., & Hardiman, E. R. (2002). Factors in the decisions to seek help from self-help and co-located community mental health agencies. American Journal of Ortho Psychiatry, 72(2), 241-249.

Jackson, A., & Segal, S. P. (Eds.). (2002). Social work health and mental health: practice, research and programs. Part III Social Work in Health Care, Volume 35: Numbers 1 and 2. New York: Haworth Press.

Jackson, A., & Segal, S. P. (Eds.). (2002). Social work health and mental health: Practice, research and programs. New York: The Haworth Social Work Practice Press.

Segal, S. P. (2001). Effectiveness of involuntary outpatient commitment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 654-655.

Segal, S. P., & Dittrich, E. (2001). Quality of care for dual diagnosis patients in psychiatric emergency assessments.American Journal of Ortho Psychiatry, 71(1), 72-78.

Jackson, A., & Segal, S. P. (Eds,). (2001). Social work health and mental health: practice, research and programs. Part I Social Work in Health Care, Volume 34: Numbers 1 and 2. New York: Haworth Press.

Jackson, A., & Segal, S. P. (Eds.). (2001). Social work health and mental health: practice, research and programs. Part II Social Work in Health Care, Volume 34: Numbers 3 and 4. New York: Haworth Press.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Redman, D. (2000). Measuring client's satisfaction with self help agencies. Psychiatric Services, 51(9),1148-1152.

Segal, S. P. (1999). Social work in a managed care environment. International Journal of Social Welfare, 8, 47-55.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Gomory, T. (1998). Health status of long-term users of self help agencies. Health and Social Work, 23(1), 45-52.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., & Akutsu, P. (1998). Factors associated with involuntary return to a psychiatric emergency service within twelve months. Psychiatric Services, 49(9), 1212-1217.

Segal, S. P. (1998). The impact of managed care on the practice of psychotherapy, a review. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 25(2), 186-188.

Segal, S. P. (1997). Response to Fuller Torrey. Psychiatric Services, 48(5), 604.

Segal, S. P. Egley, L., & Watson, M., & Goldfinger, S. (1997). The quality of psychiatric emergency evaluations. Breakthrough, 1(3), 17-30.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1997). Program environments of self-help agencies.Journal of Mental Health Administration, 24(4), 456-464.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1997). Social networks and psychological disability and homeless users of SHAs. Social Work in Health Care, 25(3), 49-61.

Segal S. P., Tracy, L., & Silverman, C. (1997). Coping, catastrophic life events and disabling experiences among users of mental health self help agencies. Psychiatry in Medicine, 27(4), 350-351.

Segal, S. P. (1997). Outcome measurement systems in mental health: A program prospective. In E. J. Mullen and J. L. Magnabosco (Eds.), Outcomes measurement in the human services (pp. 149-159 . Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

Temkin, T., Silverman, C., & Segal, S. P. (1996). Making self-help work. The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 6(3), 4-5.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., & Akutsu, P. (1996). Quality of care and use of less restrictive alternatives in the psychiatric emergency service. Psychiatric Services, 47(6), 623-627.

Segal, S. P,. Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1996). Self help mental health programs. Breakthrough, 1(1), 23-34.

Silverman, C. J., & Segal, S. P. (l996). When neighbors complain: Correlates of neighborhood opposition to sheltered care facilities. Adult Residential Care Journal, 10(2), 137-148.

Segal, S. P., & Sawyer, D. (1996). Sheltered care facility size and the social integration of mentally ill adults. Adult Residential Care, 10(2), 75-87.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (Co-Editors). (1996). Self help. Special issue of The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 6(3).

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1995). Characteristics and service use of long-term members of self-help agencies for mental health clients. Psychiatric Services, 46(3), 269-274.

Segal, S. P. (1995). Deinstitutionalization. In Encyclopedia of Social Work (19th ed., pp. 704-712). Washington DC: NASW Press.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1995). Measuring empowerment in client-run self help agencies. Community Mental Health Journal, 31(3), 215-227.

Segal, S. P., Egley, L. Watson, M., Goldfinger, S. (1995). The quality of psychiatric emergency evaluations and patient outcomes in county hospitals. American Journal of Public Health, 85(10), 1429-1431.

Segal, S. P., Egley, L. Watson, M., Miller, L., & Goldfinger, S. (1995). Factors in the quality of patient evaluations in general hospital psychiatric emergency services. Psychiatric Services, 46(11), 1144-1149.

Segal, S. P., & Holschuh, J. (1995). Reciprocity in social networks of sheltered care residents. In R. K. Price, B. M., Shea, and H. N. Mookherjee (Eds.), Social psychiatry across cultures (pp. 73-86). New York: Plenum Press.

Segal, S. P., & Hwang, S. D. (1994). Licensure of sheltered-care facilities. Social Work, 39(1), 124-131.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (l994). Issues in self -help agency research. Innovations and Research, 3(1), 47-49.

Silverman, C. J., & Segal, S. P. (l994). Who belongs?: An analysis of ex-mental patient's subjective involvement in the neighborhood. Adult Residential Care Journal, 8(2), 103-113.

Segal, S. P., & Kotler, P. L. (1993). Sheltered-care residence and personal outcomes ten years later.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 63(1), 80-91.

Segal, S. P., & VanderVoort, D. J. (1993). Daily hassles and health among persons with severe mental disabilities. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(3), 27-40.

Segal, S. P., & VanderVoort, D. J. (1993). Daily hassles of persons with severe mental illness. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 44(3), 276-278.

Segal, S. P., VanderVoort, D. J., & Liese, L. H. (1993). Residential status and the physical health of a mentally ill population. Health & Social Work, 18(3), 208-214.

Segal, S. P., & Silverman, C. (1993). The survival of sheltered care homes: facility and neighborhood contributions.Adult Residential Care Journal, 7(2), 88-103.

Watson, M. A., Segal, S. P., & Newhill, C. E. (1993). Police referral to psychiatric emergency services and its effect on disposition decisions. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 44(11), 1085-1090.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1993). Empowerment and self-help agency practice for people with mental disabilities. Social Work, 38(6), 705-712.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C., & Temkin, T. (1993). Empowerment and self-help agency practice for people with mental disabilities. Social Work, 38(6), 705-712.

Segal, S. P., & Ben-Ari, A. (1992). Reductions in services for severely mentally disabled sheltered-care residents: A 12-year perspective. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(1), 163-168.

Segal, S. P., Cohen, D., & Marder, S. (1992). Neuroleptic medication and prescription practices for mentally ill sheltered care residents. American Journal of Public Health, 82(6), 846-852.

Segal, S. P., Hines, A. M., & Florian, V. (1992). Early life experiences and residential stability: A ten-year perspective on sheltered care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 62(4), 535-544.

Segal, S. P. (1991). Civil commitment standard and patient mix in three countries. In K. Graziosi, E. Rebecchi, and V. Spinedi (Eds.), Psichiatria Senza Manicomi (p. 479). Bologna, Italy: Editrice CLUEB Bologna.

Segal, S. P., & Kotler, P. L. (1991). A ten-year perspective of mortality risk among mentally ill patients in sheltered care. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(7), 708-713.

Segal, S. P., Kotler, P. L., & Holschuh, J. (1991). Attitudes of sheltered care residents toward others with mental illness. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(11), 1138-1143.

Segal, S. P., & Liese, L. H. (1991). A ten-year perspective on three models of sheltered care. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(11), 1120-1124.

Segal, S. P., & Holschuh, J. (1991). Effects of sheltered care environments and resident characteristics on the development of social networks. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(11), 1125-1131.

Segal, S. P., & Choi, N. G. (1991). Factors affecting SSI support for sheltered care residents with serious mental illness. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(11), 1132-1137.

Segal, S. P., Hazan, A. R., & Kotler, P. (1990). Characteristics of sheltered-care facility operators in California in 1973 and 1985. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 41(11), 1245-1248.

Segal, S. P. (1990). Emergency care for the acute and severely mentally ill. In I. Marks and R. Scott (Eds.), Mental health care delivery (pp. 104-110). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Segal, S. P. (1989). Civil commitment standards and patient mix in England/Wales, Italy, and the United States. American Journal of Psychiatry , 146(2), 187-193.

Segal, S. P., & Kotler, P. L. (1989). Do we need board and care homes? Adult Residential Care Journal, 3(1), 24-32.

Segal, S. P., Silverman, C. J., & Baumohl, J. (1989). Seeking person-environment fit in community care placement. In W. R. Shadish, A. J., Lurigio, and D. A. Lewis (Eds.), Journal of Social Issues, 45(3), 49-64.

Segal, S. P., & Kotler, P. (1989). Community residential care. In D. Rochefort (Ed.), Mental health policy in the United States (pp. 237-266). New York: Greenwood Press.

Segal, S. P., & Moyles, E. A. (1988). Sheltered care: A typology of residential facilities. Adult Foster Care Journal, 2(2), 118-134.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., Goldfinger, S., & Averbuck, D. (1988). Civil commitment in the psychiatric emergency room: I. The assessment of dangerousness by emergency room clinicians. Archives of General Psychiatry, 45, 748-752.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., Goldfinger, S., & Averbuck, D. (1988). Civil commitment in the psychiatric emergency room: II. Mental disorder indicators and three dangerousness criteria. Archives of General Psychiatry, 45, 753-758.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M., Goldfinger, S., & Averbuck, D. (1988). Civil commitment in the psychiatric emergency room: III. Disposition as a function of mental disorder and dangerousness indicators.Archives of General Psychiatry, 45, 759-763.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1988). No place like home: Reflections on sheltering a diverse population. In C. J. Smith and J. A. Giggs (Eds.), Location and stigma: Contemporary perspectives on mental health and mental health care (pp. 249-263). Boston: Unwin & Hyman.

Segal, S. P. (1987). Deinstitutionalization. Encyclopedia of Social Work (18th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 367-382).

Segal, S. P., Watson, M. A., & Nelson, L. S. (1986). Indexing civil commitment in psychiatric emergency rooms. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science,484, 56-69.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M. A., & Nelson, L. S. (1986). Consistency in the application of civil commitment standards in psychiatric emergency rooms. The Journal of Psychiatry and Law, 125-148.

Segal, S. P., & Cohen, D. (l986). Research strategy, network, and process in a twelve-year longitudinal study. In J. P. Bowker and A. Rubin (Eds.), Studies on chronic mental illness: New horizons for social work researchers (pp. 154-172). Washington, DC: Council on Social Work Education.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1985). The community living room. Social Casework, 66(2), 111-116.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M. A., & Nelson, L. S. (1985). Application of involuntary admission criteria in psychiatric emergency rooms. Social Work, 30(2), 160-166.

Segal, S. P., Watson, M. A., & Nelson, L. S. (1985). Equity in the application of civil commitment criteria. In F. R. Lipton and S. M. Goldfinger (Eds.), Emergency psychiatry at the crossroads (pp. 93-106). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1984). Deinstitutionalization. In Supplement to the Encyclopedia of Social Work (17th ed., pp. 19-24). Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

Segal, S. P., & Kaplan, M. S. (1984). One project and twenty-two reviews. Grants Magazine, 7(4), 216-224.

Segal, S. P., & Specht, H. (1983). A poorhouse in California, 1983: Oddity or prelude? Social Work, 28(4), 319-323.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1982). In search of a caring community: A typology of environments and their impacts. In H. Fishman (Ed.), Creativity and innovation: Challenge of the 80's (pp. 203-216). Davis, California: Pyramid Systems Press.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1982). Safe for madness: An argument for the spatial concentration of former mental patients. In H. Fishman (Ed.), Creativity and innovation: Challenge of the 80's (pp. 217-228). Davis, California: Pyramid Systems Press.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1982). The new chronic mental patient: Creation of an underserved population. In L. R. Snowden (Ed.), Services to the under-served, Sage Annual Review of Community Mental Health (pp. 95-116). Beverly Hills, California: Sage Publications.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1981). Social work practice in community mental health. Social Work, 26(1), 16-25.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1981). The prevention of social deterioration among community care residents. The Journal of Urban Psychiatry, 1(2), 26-30.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1981). Toward harmonious community care placement. In R. Budson (Ed.), Issues in community residential care (pp. 49-61). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1981). Community care as an alternative to mental hospital care: A perspective on social welfare in the 1980's. In J. Tseng-Lu Li et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sino American conference on social welfare development in the 1980's (pp. 462-467) . Taichung, Taiwan, ROC: Tunghai University.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1981). Toward harmonious community care placement. In R. Budson (Ed.), Issues in community residential care (pp. 49-61). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Segal, S. P., & Dille, L. E. (1980). Coping styles and factors in male/female social integration. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 61, 8-20.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1980). Engaging the disengaged: Proposals on madness and vagrancy.Social Work, 25, 358-365.

Segal, S. P., Baumohl, J., & Moyles, E. W. (1980). Neighborhood types and community reaction to the mentally ill: A paradox of intensity. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 24, 345-359.

Segal, S. P., Chandler, S., & Aviram, U. (1980). Antipsychotic drugs in community-based sheltered-care homes. Social Science and Medicine, 14A, 589-596.

Segal, S. P., & Baumohl, J. (1980). Factors in the receipt of therapeutic assistance in community care. Social Science and Medicine, 14A, 581-587.

Segal, S. P. (1980). Community care and human service responsiveness. Journal of the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, 11(5), 18-21.

Segal, S. P. (1980). The impact of recent rehospitalization on community adjustment. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 27(3), 163-172.

Segal, S. P., Baumohl, J., & Moyles, E. W. (1980). Neighborhood types and community reaction to the mentally ill: A paradox of intensity. In J. Rabkin, L. Gelb, and J. Lazar (Eds.), Attitudes toward the mentally ill: Research perspectives. Rockville, Maryland: National Institute of Mental Health.

Segal, S. P., Dille, L. E., & Moyles, E. W. (1979). Congruent perceptions in the evaluation of community-care facilities. Community Psychology, 7, 60-68.

Segal, S. P. (1979). Sheltered-care needs. Health and Social Work, 4(2), 42-57.

Segal, S. P. (1979). Community care and deinstitutionalization: A review. Social Work, 24(6), 521-527.

Segal, S. P., & Aviram, U. (1979). Reintegrating the mentally ill in the community. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2(4), 499-506.

Segal, S. P., & Moyles, E. W. (1979). Management style and institutional dependency in sheltered care. Social Psychiatry, 14, 159-165.

Segal, S. P. (1978). Attitudes toward the mentally ill: A review. Social Work , 23(3), 211-217.

Segal, S. P. (1978). Reaction to Segal's literature review: Segal comments. Social Work, 14(6), 436, 516-517.

Segal, S. P. (1978). Issues in the utilization and evaluation of social work treatment. International Social Work, 21(1), 1-17.

Segal, S. P., & Aviram, U. (1978). The mentally ill in community-based sheltered care: A study of community care and social integration. New York: Wiley-Interscience.

Segal, S. P., & Aviram, U. (1978). The mentally ill in community-based sheltered care: A technical supplement on study methodology, 1972-1977. Berkeley, CA: University of California.

Aviram, U., & Segal, S. P. (1977). From hospital to community care: The change in the mental health treatment system in California. Community Mental Health Journal, 3(2), 158-167.

Segal, S. P., Baumohl, J., & Johnson, E. (1977). Falling through the cracks: Mental disorder and social margin in a young vagrant population. Social Problems, 24(3), 387-400

Segal, S. P., & Aviram, U. (1976). Transition from mental hospital to community. In Social welfare forum 1975 pp. 121-130. New York: Columbia University Press.

Trute, B., & Segal, S. P. (1976). Census tract predictors and the social integration of sheltered-care residents. Social Psychiatry, 11(4), 153-161.

Segal, S. P., & Aviram, U. (1976). Community-based sheltered care. In Ahmed and Plog (Eds.), State mental hospitals: What happens when they close? (pp. 111-124). New York: Plenum Publishing Corp.

Segal, S. P. (1976). Individual characteristics affecting the sheltered care needs of the mentally ill. USDHEW (Ed.),Community living arrangements for the mentally ill: Issues and options for public policy (pp. 1-8). Washington, DC: USDHEW.

Segal, S. P. (1975). Inclusion and exclusion: Crosscurrents in community-based sheltered care for the mentally ill. In R. Hetherington and C. Hamm (Eds.), Proceedings of a conference on the closing of state hospitals, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Segal, S. P. (1974). Life in board and care: Its political and social context. Proceedings of a Conference on the Closing of State Hospitals (pp. 141-151). Menlo Park, California: Plog Research Corporation and Stanford Research Institute.

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Adrian Aguilera

Associate Professor

ADRIAN AGUILERA is associate professor at the School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Aguilera’s current research interests focus on utilizing digital health and mobile technologies to improve health and mental healthcare of low-income and ethnic minority populations, with a focus on Latino and Spanish speaking populations. He is also interested in understanding how culture and socioeconomic status influence mental health and mental health treatment.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Aguilera is currently developing and testing the impact of an automated text messaging intervention to improve engagement with depression treatment in a public sector setting.


  • Mobile Technology (mHealth) and Mental Health
  • Digital health
  • Latino Mental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression
  • Primary Care Based Mental Health

Current Projects

In the News

Expanded Publications

Aguilera, A., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., DeMasi, O., Avila-Garcia, P., (2017) Automated text messaging as an adjunct to CBT for depression: A clinical trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Aguilera, A., & Lyles, C.R. (2017) The Case for Jointly Targeting Diabetes and Depression Among Vulnerable Patients Using Digital Technology. JMIR Diabetes. 

Bruehlman-Senecal, E., Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M. (2017) Phone-based mood ratings prospectively predict psychotherapy attendance in a public hospital clinic. Behavior Therapy.

Suffoletto, B., & Aguilera, A. (2016). Expanding Adolescent Depression Prevention Through Simple Communication Technologies. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(4), 373-374.

Vázquez, M. Y. G., Sexto, C. F., Rocha, Á., & Aguilera, A. (2016). Mobile Phones and Psychosocial Therapies with Vulnerable People: a First State of the Art. Journal of medical systems, 40(6), 1-12.

DeMasi, O., Aguilera, A., Recht, B. (2016) Detecting Change in Depressive Symptoms from Daily Wellbeing Questions, Personality, and Activity. Wireless Health 2016, Washington, D.C.

Aguilera, A., Schueller, S. M., & Leykin, Y. (2015). Daily mood ratings via text message as a proxy for clinic based depression assessment. Journal of affective disorders, 175, 471-474.

Aguilera, A. (2015). Digital Technology And Mental Health Interventions: Opportunities And Challenges. ARBOR Ciencia, Pensamiento y Cultura, 191(771), 10-3989.

Aguilera, A., & Berridge, C. (2014). Qualitative Feedback From a Text Messaging Intervention for Depression: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Cultural Differences. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(4).

Leykin, Y., Aguilera, A., Pérez-Stable, E. J., & Muñoz, R. F. (2013). Prompting Depression Treatment Seeking among Smokers: A Comparison of Participants from Six Countries in an Internet Stop Smoking RCT. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 31(3), 238-247.

Aguilera, A., & Muench, F. (2012). There’s an app for that: Information technology applications for cognitive behavioral practitioners. The Behavior Therapist. 35(4), 65-73.

Morris, M. E., & Aguilera, A. (2012). Mobile, Social, and Wearable Computing and the Evolution of Psychological Practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 43(6), 622

Aguilera, A., Leykin, Y., Adler, N., Muñoz, R.F. (2012). Individual and community SES effects on Smoking, Depression, and Obesity. American Journal of Community Psychology. 50(1-2), 211-6

Aguilera, A. & Muñoz, R.F.  (2011) Text messaging as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy: A feasibility/usability pilot study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 42(6), 472-478

Aguilera, A., Lopez, S.R., Breitborde, N.J.K, Kopelowicz, A., Zarate, R. (2010). Expressed emotion, sociocultural context and the course of schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 875-85.

Aguilera, A., Garza, M.J., Munoz, R.F. (2010). Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Spanish: Culture Sensitive Manualized Treatment in Practice. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(8), 857.

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