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Sarasota, FL
About Me:
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.

Research Interests:

Mentally ill in the criminal justice system
Total Institutions
Social and cultural determinants of mental health
Co-occurring disorders
Treatment engagement/disengagement for at-risk psychiatric populations
Area(s) of Training
applied anthropology, medical anthropology, public health
Area(s) of Expertise
Mental Health, Program Evaluation, Prisons and Jails
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
Research Associate, Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research,and Education, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences,Case Western Reserve University

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NPR, The Sound of Ideas: Safety Forces and the Mentally Ill

In response to the recent death of a Cleveland woman diagnosed with bi-polar disorder who subsequently died in police custody, I was asked to participate in NPR's Sound of Ideas on Cleveland's 90.3 WCPN.  Ms. Anderson's death was ruled a homicide.

Stream this broadcast here:…


Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:30pm

We Can End the Abuse of Mentally Ill Inmates

Just began my monthly column for The Crime Report on the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice systems.


In this article I discuss my prison research and how officers can work effectively with the incarcerated mentally ill to ensure their…


Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:25pm




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