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Beth Angell

Associate Professor and Chair of the Faculty

Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Angell's research interests include mental health services and severe mental illness.

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Beth Angell is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and a Core Faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers. Dr. Angell conducts research on mental health services for people with serious mental illnesses, particularly on issues of engagement in and adherence to treatment. Her past and current studies in this area have examined how legal and informal strategies are used to promote treatment adherence, as well as the role of the consumer-provider relationship and consumer self-determination in that process. In other completed work, she has conducted studies related to police interactions, stigma, and social networks in relation to people with serious mental illness.

Current projects include: an evaluation of New Jersey’s Involuntary Outpatient Commitment law; two studies which examine the process of reentry for former prisoners with serious mental illness and evaluate the use of evidence-based practices on the reentry process, using mixed methods; a conversation analytic study of client-provider communication about medication management; and an evaluation study which examines the impact of the closure of a state psychiatric hospital in New Jersey on the lives of those discharged to the community. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, NARSAD, Chicago Community Trust, and the State of New Jersey; and has been published in a variety of journals including Psychiatric Services, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Social Service Review, and Social Science and Medicine.  In the School of Social Work she offers clinical MSW courses and teaches in both the PhD and DSW programs.

Courses Taught: 

Direct Practice: Theories and Models

Clinical Social Work: Mental Health

Theory Development in Social Work (PhD Seminar)

Dissertation Seminar (PhD Program)

Stigmata Non Grata: Can We End the Stereotypes of Mental Illness (Byrne First Year Seminar)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Angell, B., Stanhope, V., Matthews, E., Davidson, L. (in press). Shared Decision Making.  In P. Corrigan (ed.),A New Orientation to Adherence and Self-Determination for People with Mental Illness.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association.

Angell, B., Matthews, E.B., Barrenger, S., Watson, A.C., & Draine, J. (2014). Engagement in model programs for community reentry from prison for persons with serious mental illness.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37, 490-500.

Watson, A.C., & Angell, B. (2013). The role of stigma and uncertainty in moderating the effect of procedural justice on cooperation and resistance in police encounters with persons with mental illnesses.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(1), 30-39. 10.1037/a0027931.

Marsh, J.C., Angell, B, Andrews, C., & Curry, A. (2012).  Client-provider relationship
and treatment outcome: A systematic review of substance abuse, child welfare, and mental health services research. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(4), 233-267.

Canada, K.E., Angell, B., & Watson, A.C. (2012). Intervening at the entry point:  How CIT and non-CIT officers describe responding to mental health related calls.  Community Mental Health Journal, 48(6), 746-755.

Corrigan, P.W., Angell, B., Davidson, L., Marcus, S., Salzer, M., Kottsieper, P., Larson, J., Mahoney, C., O’Connell, M., & Stanhope, V. (2012). From adherence to self-determination: evolution of a treatment paradigm for people with serious mental illness.  Psychiatric Services, 63(2), 169-173.

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