Joseph Galanek, Ph.D, MPH is a Research Associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
Joe is a medical anthropologist with public health and mental health services training with a focus on the criminal justice involved individuals with severe psychiatric and substance abuse disorder. His research and evaluation activities have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Galanek has experience in direct clinical service with individuals with severe mental illness in correctional institutions and the implementation and evaluation of correctional mental health programs in state prisons. He has conducted evaluation services for Cuyahoga County’s community forensic mental health programs.
His previous research experiences include a year-long federally funded ethnographic study of how individuals with severe psychiatric disorder recover within a men’s maximum security prison by investigating the social and cultural determinants of psychiatric illness outcomes for this incarcerated population.
Mentally ill in the criminal justice system
Social and cultural determinants of mental health
Treatment engagement/disengagement for at-risk psychiatric populations