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Beth Angell

Associate Professor and Chair of the Faculty

Ph.D., University of 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 and Chair of the Faculty in the School of Social Work and a Core Faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As Chair of the Faculty, Dr. Angell oversees faculty affairs for the School of Social Work, managing promotion, tenure, and annual reviews and developing and implementing faculty development and mentoring programs. She teaches courses in both clinical social work practice and research and offers instruction across all levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) and in a variety of delivery formats (traditional, online, and intensive weekend).

Dr. Angell’s scholarship focuses on mental health and substance abuse treatment, particularly on issues of engagement in and adherence to treatment among persons with mental illness and co-occurring legal and criminal justice involvement. Over the past two decades, she has also collaborated on research projects related to police interactions with people who have psychiatric conditions, the stigma attached to behavioral health conditions, and strategies to improve the safety of dementia care in nursing homes. Dr. Angell’s expertise in the areas of behavioral health stigma and help-seeking was recognized in an invitation to serve on a consensus study, the Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms, convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. 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, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), Chicago Community Trust, Agency for Research on Health Care Quality, and the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She is a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research and serves on the leadership team of the Smart Decarceration Grand Challenge of the Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Dr. Angell holds a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received both an MSW and PhD from the School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her Rutgers appointment in 2008, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice and served for eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

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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