Renee Mack

Renee MackEducation

Ph.D. (Expected December 2020)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare
Dissertation Title: The impact and influence of the carceral state and deinstitutionalization on the institutional care of persons with mental illness.
Committee: Tina K. Sacks (Chair); Jonathan Simon (Law); Laura Abrams (UCLA, School of Social Welfare); Erin Kerrison

L.C.S.W (June 2019)

California Licensed Clinical Social Worker

M.S.W (December 2013) 

University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare 
Concentration: Mental Health
Fields of Study: Justice System Involvement; Theories of the Welfare State; Policy Analysis

Post Graduate Certificate (May 2011)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice 
Forensic Psychology

M.A. (October 2008)

Columbia University, Teachers College 
Psychology in Education (Clinical Psychology)

B.A. (May 2005)

Columbia University, Columbia College 
Economics-Philosophy

Research Interests

  • U.S. social welfare and criminal justice policy
  • Forensic mental health/health disparities
  • Policies and programs for individuals with mental illness and substance misuse problems
  • Aging/geriatric/medically fragile institutional populations
  • Mixed methods research
  • Diversity in higher education

Teaching Interests

  • Forensic social work
  • Social work practice
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Theories for multi-level practice
  • Social work as a profession
  • Social welfare policy

Practice Experience / Populations

  • Serious mental illness
  • Geriatric/medically fragile
  • Incarcerated/forensic
  • Juvenile females-foster system
  • Community re-entry

Email:  reneemack@berkeley.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Neugebauer, R., Turner, J. B., Fisher, P. W., Yamabe, S., Zhang, B., Neria, Y., ...& Mack, R. (2014). Post-traumatic stress reactions among Rwandan youth in the second year after the genocide: Rising trajectory among girls. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(3), 269.

Mack, R. Patient satisfaction with mandated treatment: commitment, care, and the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. (Forthcoming)

Sacks, T., Walton, Q., & Mack, R. Health disparities among the Black middle class: Considering mental, physical, and life course determinants. Family and Community Health. (Revise & Resubmit)

Mack, R. A structural approach to trial competency restoration: An application of theory-informed social work practice. Journal of Social Work and Sociology. (Revise & Resubmit)

Mack, R. T. California's rising incompetent to trial populations: Implications for treatment and intervention in the state hospital systems. (In progress)

Mack, R. T. Advanced health care directives in institutional and mandated treatment settings. (In progress)

Mack, R. T. Forensic psychiatric social work with geriatric populations: Considerations for practice. (In progress)

Presentations

Mack, R. T. (2019). Advanced Health Care Planning for Forensic Psychiatric Patients. Society for Social Work Research—Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Mack, R. T. (June, 2018). The impact and influence of the carceral state and deinstitutionalization on the institutional care of the mentally ill: an examination of the psychiatric treatment of incompetent to stand trial patients at a state hospital. Law and Society Association—Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Mack, R. Patient satisfaction with mandated treatment: commitment, care, and the intersection of criminal justice and mental health. Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Discussant: Troy Duster

Mack, R. T. (March, 2018). A structural approach to trial competency. Forensic Mental Health Association of California—Annual Conference. Monterey, CA.

Mack, R. T. & Wyman, J. (January, 2018). Differences in the perception of care, treatment, and services provided at a state psychiatric hospital. Society for Social Work Research—Annual Conference. Washington, DC.

Mack, R. T. (July, 2017). Exogenous criminal justice factors that impact professional attitudes in a state psychiatric hospital. International Academy of Law and Mental Health—Biennial Congress. Prague, Czech Republic.

Mack, R. T. & Wyman, J. (March, 2017). Patient satisfaction at a state hospital. Forensic Mental Health Association of California—Annual Conference. Monterey, CA.

Jacobs, L. A., Sacks, T. Mark, H., & Mack, R. (October, 2015). Structural Competence: Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)- Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Grants, Fellowships, and Mentorships

Graduate Fellow Coordinator ($3,200)
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), UC Berkeley
2019-present

Bridge Connect Fellow ($5,000)
University of California, Berkeley
2019, 2020

Graduate Fellow ($28,000)
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISS)I, UC Berkeley
2017-2019

Harry and Riva Specht Chair Travel Grant ($750)
James Midgley, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
2018

Dean’s Travel Grant ($2,400)
School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
2017, 2018

Student Scholar ($1,000)
Forensic Mental Health Association of California
2018

Berkeley Empirical Legal Fellow ($1,000)
School of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley
2016-2017

Berkeley Connect Fellow ($28,000)
Division of Undergraduate Education, UC Berkeley
2015-2016

Getting into Grad School (GiGS) Mentor ($1,000)
Division of Undergraduate Education, UC Berkeley
2013-2014

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant
University of California, Berkeley
2018-present
Tuskegee Syphilis Study: A Qualitative Investigation into Historical Trauma among Black Americans
Principal Investigator: Tina K. Sacks Ph.D.

Researcher
Solidarity in Scholarship: Professionalization Groups for Doctoral Students of Color
(New Research Project - IRB Approval Received)
2018 – present
Qualitative study investigating the potential for success of campus-based professionalization groups to support minority doctoral students
Co-Principal Investigator: Nicole Hirsh Ph.D., Tina Sacks Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Evaluating treatment programing and satisfaction with services at a state psychiatric hospital
2018 – present
(New Research Project - IRB Approval Received)
Qualitative study investigating the perceptions of patients, clinical staff, and administrative staff on differences in satisfaction among forensically and civilly committed psychiatric inpatients

Principal Investigator
DSH-Napa Patient Satisfaction Survey
2016 – 2017
Quantitative survey study investigating patient’s perceptions of care and services provided at a state psychiatric hospital

Research Assistant
John Jay College of Criminal Justice 2010– 2011
Physiological Reactivity in Association with Stress, Threat, and Provocation among Trauma-Exposed Urban Youth–Funded by John Jay College Forensic Psychology
Research Initiative (FPRI)
Principal Investigator: Maureen Allwood, Ph.D.

Research Assistant
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
2010– 2011
Victim resistance in sexual assault between acquaintances: Perceptions of victims and perpetrators –Funded by The City University of New York PSC-CUNY Research Award Program
Principal Investigator: Gwendolyn Gerber, Ph.D.

Research Manager/Research Assistant
New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI)
Research Manager, 2008– 2010
Research Assistant 2008
Psychiatric Epidemiology –Post-traumatic stress reactions in survivors of the Rwandan genocide
Principal Investigator: Richard Neugebauer, Ph.D.

Teaching Experience

School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Reader – [Grades All Assignments]

  • Practice (Masters Level), Fall 2018
  • SOCWEL 220 Health Policy, A Social Welfare Perspective (Masters Level), Spring 2018
  • SOCWEL 220 Social Policy: Children and Families (Masters Level), Spring 2018
  • SOCWEL 150 Race, Ethnic Relations & Social Welfare, Fall 2017

Graduate Student Instructor

  • SOCWEL 185 Prison, Spring 2020 (weekly discussion, 2-sections; 1 prepared lecture)
  • SOCWEL 114 Social Work Practice, Summer 2015, 2014 (bi-weekly discussion, 2-sections)
  • SOCWEL 112 Social Policy, Spring 2015 (weekly discussion, 2-sections; 1 prepared lecture)
  • SOCWEL 298 Research Methods (Masters Level), Spring 2014 (1 prepared lecture)
  • SOCWEL 110 Social Work as a Profession, Fall 2014, 2013 (weekly discussion, 2-sections; 1 lecture)

Social Work Experience

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric
Department of State Hospitals, Napa, CA
2016-Present
Develop psycho-social assessments for patients diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders involved in the criminal justice system; develop collaborative clinical treatment; provide inpatient psychotherapy to individuals and groups; chart patients’ treatment and progress in accordance with state regulations anddepartment procedures; coordinate with communities and courts for appropriate post-release accommodations.

Individual Psychotherapist
Napa Therapy Group, Napa, CA
2017-Present

Graduate Student Assistant
Department of State Hospitals, Napa, CA
2016
Implementation of Research Surveys/Data Collection

Social Work Intern
Centerforce, San Quentin, CA
2012-2013
Forensic social worker – non-psychiatric prison population
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (California Medical Facility), Vacaville, CA
2011-2012
Forensic social worker – psychiatric prison population

Child Care Counselor
Casa Pacifica, Camarillo, CA
2006-2007
Residential and Emergency Shelter Care for Neglected and Abused Children

Rape Crisis Advocate
Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, Santa Barbara, CA
2007
Provide crisis counseling for survivors of sexual assault; educate victims about different medical and legal options available in California; offer advocacy and accompaniment to survivors and their family and friends

Peer Health Educator
Peer Health Exchange New York, NY
2004-2005
Founding Member at Columbia University; taught contraceptive health in high schools that lacked health education; facilitated discussions on barriers to healthy behaviors and strategies to overcome them

Community and Academic Service

Doctoral Student Representative
School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
2012 - 2014

Graduate Assembly Representative
School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
2012 – 2014

Library Committee
Academic Senate, Graduate Student Representative UC Berkeley
2013 - 2014

Executive Committee
School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, Doctoral Student Representative

2013 - 2014

Professional and Academic Affiliations

UC Berkeley Black Graduate Student Association

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues- Center for Research on Social Change

Berkeley Empirical Legal Fellows

Center for Study of Law and Society

UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender

Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Forensic Mental Health Association of California