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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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Health Disparities & Public Policy Program

The Health Disparities & Public Policy program (formerly the Psycho-Legal Studies program) investigates health needs of traditionally underserved populations such as racial/ethnic minorities, and persons who are impoverished, homeless, and incarcerated.  

We have investigated the following areas:

The criminalization of persons with psychiatric disorders

  • Victimization among persons with psychiatric disorders
  • Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in adult jail detainees
  • Patterns of service utilization in high-risk populations
  • Prevalence and patterns of psychiatric disorders among delinquent youth and as they age into adulthood
  • Adverse childhood experiences among youth in detention
  • Trajectories of substance use disorders
  • Variables associated with early violent death of delinquent youth
  • Prevalence and patterns of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors among delinquent youth and as they age into adulthood
  • The relationship between psychiatric disorders and violence
  • Patterns of incarceration and how they affect health disparities in psychiatric disorders and physical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS
  • Development and persistence of psychiatric disorders in youth while they are incarcerated and after they return to their communities
  • Long-term outcomes of youth after juvenile detention
  • Firearm involvement among delinquent youth and the association with firearm violence and victimization in adulthood

Current Projects

 The Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP)

The NJP is the first large-scale, longitudinal study of the mental health needs, substance abuse, antisocial and criminal behaviors, and adult outcomes of delinquent youth. From 1995 to 1998, we enrolled 1,829 randomly-selected youth, 1,172 males and 657 females, as they entered the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.  The sample is stratified by gender, race/ethnicity (African American, non-Hispanic white, Hispanic), age, and severity of charge.  Importantly, it includes sufficient African Americans and Hispanics (including diversity among Hispanics) to examine health inequities.  Funded by a consortium of federal agencies and private foundations (see Grants and Funding below), we have been tracking and re-interviewing our participants since April, 1996.  Unlike many studies that lose participants if they are incarcerated at follow-up, we re-interview our participants regardless of whether they are living in the community or are incarcerated.  Thanks to the generosity of our participants, state-of-the-art search tools, a sophisticated data management system, and the cooperation of many agencies in Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois, we re-interviewed 81.6% of participants still enrolled in the study at the 16-year follow-up.   

How Is the Northwestern Juvenile Project Unique?  Most prior investigations examined community populations to see who becomes delinquent; the Northwestern Juvenile Project studies youth already in the juvenile justice system.  We focus on these youth because they are at great risk for poor outcomes, including psychiatric disorders, life-threatening problem behaviors, HIV/AIDS, and premature violent death. Most studies of correctional populations focus only on criminogenic variables; the Northwestern Juvenile Project also examines health and social outcomes, and follows these outcomes over time.  To date, participants have been interviewed up to 13 times.  Our longitudinal design thus includes data on adolescence (10-17 years), emerging adulthood (18-24 years), and young adulthood (25+ years).  Our findings help guide the development of intervention strategies for youth and young adults involved with the criminal justice system.

We disseminate our findings to maximize the benefit of the study for the public. We publish articles in scientific journals that are widely read and broadly disseminated.  In addition, we archive a copy of de-identified data at National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, allowing other investigators to pursue additional analyses.  Finally, we collaborate with organizations such as the National Juvenile Detention Association, American Bar Association, and the National Institute of Corrections to ensure that our findings are available to guide innovative justice policy.  Our findings have been cited in Supreme Court amicus briefs, in congressional hearings, and by many federal agencies, private agencies, and advocacy groups.

 

 The Northwestern Juvenile Project: Next Generation

The Next Generation study focuses on determining characteristics that promote resilience among children in at-risk families.  Funded again by a consortium of agencies, and private foundations (see Grants and Funding below).

We plan to interview families in our original Northwestern Juvenile Project sample with children ages 10 to 17 years.  By identifying the strengths of children, their parents, their social networks and their communities, we can determine what helps youth avoid drug abuse, delinquent behavior, and firearm involvement and instead promotes mental health, healthy relationships, and educational achievement.  We also investigate what helps children be resilient in the face of a parent’s incarceration.

Previous Projects

 The Northwestern Victimization Project

Started in 1995, the Northwestern Victimization Project was the first large-scale, longitudinal study of crime victimization patterns in persons with severe mental illnesses living in the community. Prior studies of violence and mental disorders had focused on perpetration by persons with severe mental illnesses, not victimization. We examined the rates, risk factors and patterns of crime victimization in 936 persons with chronic, severe mental disorders. More than one-quarter of the sample had been victims of a violent crime in the past year, a rate more than 11 times higher than general population rates, even after controlling for demographic differences between the two samples. The Northwestern Victimization Project has been replicated in the Netherlands and other countries, where public health officials now realize that victimization of persons with severe mental illnesses is a far more serious threat to public health than perpetration.

 Psychiatric Disorders in Male and Female Adult Jail Detainees

The Health Disparities & Public Policy program conducted the first large-scale epidemiologic studies of psychiatric disorders among male and female adult jail detainees. Between 1983 and 1995, a series of investigations examined the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in jail detainees and whether detainees who had severe mental illnesses received treatment while in jail. Our findings highlight the discrepancy between jail detainees’ need for mental health services and the services that they receive. The data showed that of male detainees who needed psychiatric services, only 37 percent received them. Only 20 percent of female detainees who needed psychiatric services received them. Because jails were never intended to be psychiatric hospitals, few have the resources necessary to adequately treat the increasing numbers of detainees entering jails nationwide. Our findings demonstrated that jails must systematically screen detainees upon admission, provide treatment during their stay and refer them for services after they are released.

 Consequences of Deinstitutionalization: The Police as Street-Corner Psychiatrists

Incarceration of persons with psychiatric illnesses disproportionately affects minorities, who are least likely to be able to afford mental healthcare. In an observational study of police officers, our findings showed that mentally ill persons had an arrest rate nearly double that of non-mentally ill persons. Police reluctantly arrested mentally ill persons when a mental health evaluation and treatment would have been preferable but was not available. The findings suggested that reduced community services had resulted in mentally ill persons being “criminalized”; for many, arrest had supplanted hospitalization. The findings supported the thesis, set forth by public health experts, that for poor persons — especially racial/ethnic minorities — arrest and incarceration had become the entrée for receiving mental health services. The findings of this study were cited in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, were used in many hearings by Congress and highlighted the need for special diversion programs for mentally ill persons in the criminal justice system.

Publications

 Northwestern Juvenile Project Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Zwecker N. A., Harrison A. H., Welty L. J., Teplin L. A., & Abram K. M.  (2018).  Social Support Networks among Delinquent Youth: An 8-Year Follow-up Study. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
  • Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Abram, K. M., Han, H., Byck, G. R., & Teplin, L. A. (2017). Trajectories of substance use disorder in youth after detention: A 12-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(2), 140-148. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2016.10.018. PMC5308462 
  • Abram, K. M., Stokes, M. L., Welty, L. J., Aaby, D. A., & Teplin, L. A. (2017). Disparities in HIV/AIDS risk behaviors after youth leave detention: A 14-year longitudinal study. Pediatrics, 139(2). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-0360. PMC5260145
  • Abram, K. M., Azores-Gococo, N. M., Emanuel, K. M., Aaby, D. A., Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Rosenbaum, M. S., &Teplin, L. A. (2017). Sex and racial/ethnic differences in positive outcomes in delinquent youth after detention: A 12-year longitudinal study. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(2), 123-132. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3260. PMC5704941
  • Welty, L. J., Harrison, A. J., Abram, K. M., Olson, N. D., Aaby, D. A., McCoy, K. P., Washburn, J. J., & Teplin, L. A. (2016). Health disparities in drug- and alcohol-use disorders: A 12-year longitudinal study of youths after detention. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5), 872-880. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.303032. PMC4985078
  • Harnisher, J. L., Abram, K., Washburn, J., Stokes, M., Azores-Gococo, N., & Teplin, L. (2015). Loss due to death and its association with mental disorders in juvenile detainees. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 66(3), 1-18. doi:10.1111/jfcj.12029. PMC4577059
  • Stokes, M. L., McCoy, K. P., Abram, K. M., Byck, G. R., & Teplin, L. A. (2015). Suicidal ideation and behavior in youth in the juvenile justice system: A review of the literature. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 21(3), 222-242. doi:10.1177/1078345815587001. PMC5704936
  • Elkington, K. S., Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., Jakubowski, J. A., Dulcan, M. K., & Welty, L. J. (2015). Psychiatric disorders and violence: A study of delinquent youth after detention. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(4), 302-312 e305. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002. PMC4369770
  • Abram, K. M., Zwecker, N. A., Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Dulcan, M. K., & Teplin, L. A. (2015). Comorbidity and continuity of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention: A prospective longitudinal study. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(1), 84-93. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1375. PMC4562696
  • Teplin, L. A., Jakubowski, J. A., Abram, K. M., Olson, N. D., Stokes, M. L., & Welty, L. J. (2014). Firearm homicide and other causes of death in delinquents: A 16-year prospective study. Pediatrics, 134(1), 63-73. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-3966. PMC4067641
  • Lansing, A. E., Washburn, J. J., Abram, K. M., Thomas, U. C., Welty, L. J., & Teplin, L. A. (2014). Cognitive and academic functioning of juvenile detainees: Implications for correctional populations and public health. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 20(1), 18-30. doi:10.1177/1078345813505450. PMC4292927
  • Teplin, L. A., Welty, L. J., Abram, K. M., Dulcan, M. K., & Washburn, J. J. (2012). Prevalence and persistence of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention: A prospective longitudinal study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(10), 1031-1043. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.2062. PMC3737771
  • King, D. C., Abram, K. M., Romero, E. G., Washburn, J. J., Welty, L. J., & Teplin, L. A. (2011). Childhood maltreatment and psychiatric disorders among detained youths. Psychiatric Services, 62(12), 1430-1438. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.004412010. PMC3742320
  • Abram, K. M., Choe, J. Y., Washburn, J. J., Romero, E. G., & Teplin, L. A. (2009). Functional impairment in youth three years after detention. Journal of Adolescent Health, 44(6), 528-535. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.10.005. PMC2759315
  • Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., Voss, L. S., Simon, C. D., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (2008). Psychiatric disorders among detained youths: A comparison of youths processed in juvenile court and adult criminal court. Psychiatric Services, 59(9), 965-973. doi:10.1176/ps.2008.59.9.965. PMC2718561
  • Elkington, K. S., Teplin, L. A., Mericle, A. A., Welty, L. J., Romero, E. G., & Abram, K. M. (2008). HIV/sexually transmitted infection risk behaviors in delinquent youth with psychiatric disorders: A longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(8), 901-911. doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e318179962b. PMC2754224
  • Abram, K. M., Paskar, L. D., Washburn, J. J., & Teplin, L. A. (2008). Perceived barriers to mental health services among youths in detention. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(3), 301-308. doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e318160b3bb. PMC2945389
  • Abram, K. M., Choe, J. Y., Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., King, D. C., & Dulcan, M. K. (2008). Suicidal ideation and behaviors among youths in juvenile detention. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(3), 291-300. doi:10.1097/CHI.0b013e318160b3ce. PMC2945393
  • Washburn, J. J., Romero, E. G., Welty, L. J., Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., & Paskar, L. D. (2007). Development of antisocial personality disorder in detained youths: The predictive value of mental disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(2), 221-231. doi:10.1037/0022-006X.75.2.221. PMC2804474
  • Romero, E. G., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., Welty, L. J., & Washburn, J. J. (2007). A longitudinal study of the prevalence, development, and persistence of HIV/sexually transmitted infection risk behaviors in delinquent youth: Implications for health care in the community. Pediatrics, 119(5), e1126-1141. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-0128. PMC2813809
  • Abram, K. M., Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., Emanuel, K. M., Romero, E. G., & McClelland, G. M. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder and psychiatric comorbidity among detained youths. Psychiatric Services, 58(10), 1311-1316. doi:10.1176/ps.2007.58.10.1311. PMC2818309
  • Swahn, M. H., Whitaker, D. J., Pippen, C. B., Leeb, R. T., Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (2006). Concordance between self-reported maltreatment and court records of abuse or neglect among high-risk youths. American Journal of Public Health, 96(10), 1849-1853. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2004.058230. PMC1586157
  • Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., & Mileusnic, D. (2005). Early violent death among delinquent youth: A prospective longitudinal study. Pediatrics, 115(6), 1586-1593. doi:10.1542/peds.2004-1459. PMC1351295
  • Teplin, L. A., Elkington, K. S., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., Mericle, A. A., & Washburn, J. J. (2005). Major mental disorders, substance use disorders, comorbidity, and HIV-AIDS risk behaviors in juvenile detainees. Psychiatric Services, 56(7), 823-828. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.56.7.823. PMC1557408
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., Washburn, J. J., & Pikus, A. K. (2005). Detecting mental disorder in juvenile detainees: Who receives services? American Journal of Public Health, 95(10), 1773-1780. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2005.067819. PMC1449435
  • McClelland, G. M., Elkington, K. S., Teplin, L. A., & Abram, K. M. (2004). Multiple substance use disorders in juvenile detainees. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(10), 1215-1224. doi:10.1097/01.chi.0000134489.58054.9c. PMC2791706
  • Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., Charles, D. R., Longworth, S. L., McClelland, G. M., & Dulcan, M. K. (2004). Posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(4), 403-410. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.61.4.403. PMC2861915
  • Teplin, L. A., Mericle, A. A., McClelland, G. M., & Abram, K. M. (2003). HIV and AIDS risk behaviors in juvenile detainees: implications for public health policy. American Journal of Public Health, 93(6), 906-912. PMC1447866
  • Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., & Dulcan, M. K. (2003). Comorbid psychiatric disorders in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60(11), 1097-1108. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.60.11.1097. PMC2893728
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., Dulcan, M. K., & Mericle, A. A. (2002). Psychiatric disorders in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 59(12), 1133-1143. doi:yoa10003 [pii]. PMC2861992

 High-Impact Publications (Selected)

  • Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Abram, K. M., Han, H., Byck, G. R., & Teplin, L. A. (2017). Trajectories of substance use disorder in youth after detention: A 12-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(2), 140-148. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2016.10.018. PMID: 28117060; PMC5308462.
  • Abram, K. M., Stokes, M., Welty, L. J., Aaby, D., & Teplin, L. A. (2017). Disparities in HIV/AIDS risk behaviors after youth leave detention: A 14-year longitudinal study. Pediatrics, 139(2). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-0360. PMID: 28115541; PMC5260145.
  • Abram, K. M., Azores-Gococo, N. M., Emanuel, K. M., Aaby, D. A., Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Rosenbaum, M. S., & Teplin, L. A. (2017). Sex and racial/ethnic differences in positive outcomes in delinquent youth after detention: A 12-year longitudinal study. JAMA Pediatrics,171(2), 1-10. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3260. PMID: 27992626; PMC5704941.
  • Welty, L. J., Harrison, A. J., Abram, K. M., Olson, N. D., Washburn, J. J., McCoy, K. P., & Teplin, L. A. (2016). Health disparities in drug- and alcohol-use disorders: A 12-year longitudinal study of youths after detention. American Journal of Public Health, 106(5), 872‐880. PMID: 26985602; PMC4985078.
  • Abram, K. M., Zwecker, N. A., Welty, L. J., Hershfield, J. A., Dulcan, M. K., & Teplin, L. A. (2015). Comorbidity and continuity of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention: A prospective longitudinal study. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(1), 84-93. PMID: 25426584; PMC4562696.
  • Teplin, L. A., Jakubowski, J. A., Abram, K. A., Olson, N. D., Stokes, M. L., & Welty, L. J. (2014). Firearm homicide and other causes of death in delinquents: A 16-year prospective study. Pediatrics, 134(1), 63-73. PMID: 24936005; PMC4067641.
  • Teplin, L. A., Welty, L. J., Abram, K. M., Dulcan, M. K., & Washburn, J. J. (2012). Prevalence and persistence of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention: A prospective longitudinal study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(10), 1031-1043. PMID: 23026953; PMC3737771.
  • Washburn, J. J., Romero, E. G., Welty, L. J., Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., & Paskar, L. D. (2007). Development of antisocial personality disorder in detained youths: The predictive value of mental disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,75(2), 221-231. PMID: 17469880; PMC2804474.
  • Romero, E. G., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., Welty, L. J., & Washburn, J. J. (2007). A longitudinal study of the prevalence, development, and persistence of HIV/sexually transmitted infection risk behaviors in delinquent youth: Implications for health care in the community. Pediatrics, 119(5), e1126-e1141. PMID: 17473083; PMC2813809.
  • Swahn, M. H., Whitaker, D. J., Pippen, C. B., Leeb, R. T., Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (2006). Concordance between self-reported maltreatment and court records of abuse or neglect among high-risk youths. American Journal of Public Health, 96(10), 1849-1853. PMID: 17008582; PMC1586157.
  • Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., & Weiner, D. A. (2005). Crime victimization in adults with severe mental illness: Comparison with the National Crime Victimization Survey. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62(8), 911-921. PMID: 16061769; PMC1389236.
  • Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., & Mileusnic, D. (2005). Early violent death among delinquent youth: A prospective longitudinal study. Pediatrics, 115(6), 1586-1593. PMID: 15930220; PMC1351295.
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., Washburn, J. J., & Pikus, A. K. (2005). Detecting mental disorder in juvenile detainees: Who receives services? American Journal of Public Health, 95(10), 1773-1780. PMID: 16186454; PMC1449435.
  • Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., King, D. C., Longworth, S. L., McClelland, G. M., & Dulcan, M. K. (2004). Posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61(4), 403-410. PMID: 15066899; PMC2861915.
  • Teplin, L. A., Mericle, A. A., McClelland, G. M., & Abram, K. M. (2003). HIV and AIDS risk behaviors in juvenile detainees: Implications for public health policy. American Journal of Public Health, 93(6), 906-912. PMID: 12773351; PMC1447866.
  • Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., & Dulcan, M. K. (2003). Comorbid psychiatric disorders in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60(11), 1097-1108. PMID: 14609885; PMC2893728.
  • Abram, K.M., Teplin, L. A., & McClelland, G. M. (2003). Comorbidity of severe psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders among women in jail. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160(5), 1007-1010. PMID: 12727711.
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., Dulcan, M. K., & Mericle, A. A. (2002). Psychiatric disorders in youth in juvenile detention. Archives of General Psychiatry, 59(12), 1133-1143. PMID: 12773351; PMC1447866.
  • McClelland, G. M., Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & Jacobs, N. (2002). HIV and AIDS risk behaviors among female jail detainees: Implications for public health policy. American Journal of Public Health, 92(5), 818-825. PMID: 11988453; PMC1447167.
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (1997). Mentally disordered women in jail: Who receives services? American Journal of Public Health, 87(4), 604-609. PMID: 9146439; PMC1380840.
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (1996). Prevalence of psychiatric disorders among incarcerated women: I. pretrial jail detainees. Archives of General Psychiatry, 53(6), 505-512. PMID: 8639033.
  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., & McClelland, G. M. (1994). Does psychiatric disorder predict violent crime among released jail detainees? A six-year longitudinal study. American Psychologist, 49(4), 335-342. PMID: 8203805.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1994). Psychiatric and substance abuse disorders among male urban jail detainees. American Journal of Public Health, 84(2), 290-293. PMID: 8296957; PMC1614991.
  • Abram, K. M., & Teplin, L. A. (1991). Co-occurring disorders among mentally ill jail detainees: Implications for public policy. American Psychologist, 46(10), 1036-1045. PMID: 1746771.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1990). Detecting disorder: The treatment of mental illness among jail detainees. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58(2), 233-236. PMID: 2335639.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1990). The prevalence of severe mental disorder among male urban jail detainees: Comparison with the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program. American Journal of Public Health, 80(6), 663-669. PMID: 2343947; PMC1404724.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1985). The criminality of the mentally ill: A dangerous misconception. American Journal of Psychiatry, 142(5), 593-599. PMID: 3985198; PMC24719296.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1984). Criminalizing mental disorder: The comparative arrest rate of the mentally ill. American Psychologist, 39(7), 794-803. PMID: 6465666.
  • Teplin, L. A. (1983). The criminalization of the mentally ill: Speculation in search of data. Psychological Bulletin, 94(1), 54-67. PMID: 6353466.

  Government Publications

  • Teplin, L. A., Welty, L. J., Abram, K. M., Dulcan, M. K., Washburn, J. J., McCoy K., & Stokes, M. L. (2015). Prevalence and Persistence of Psychiatric Disorders in Youth after Detention: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.  (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ246824). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice. 
  • Abram, K. M., Paskar, L. D., Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., & Zwecker, N. A. (2015). Perceived Barriers to Mental Health Services Among Youths in Detention. (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ248522). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice. 
  • Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., Voss, L. S., Simon, C. D., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., & Olson, N. D. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders Among Detained Youths: A Comparison of YouthsProcessed in Juvenile Court and Adult Criminal Court. (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ248283). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
  • Teplin, L. A., McClelland, G. M., Abram, K. M., Mileusnic-Polchan, D., Olson, N. D., & Harrison, A. J. (2015). Violent Death in Delinquent Youth After Detention (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ248408). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
  • Abram, K. M., Choe, J. Y., Washburn, J. J., Teplin, L. A., King, D. C., Dulcan, M. K., & Bassett, E. D. (2014). Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth. (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ 243891). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
  • Abram, K. M., Choe J. Y., Washburn, J. J., Romero, E. G., Teplin, L. A., & Bassett, E. D. (2013). Functional Impairment in Youth Three Years After Detention. (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ 239996).  Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
  • Abram, K. M., Teplin, L. A., King, D. R., Longworth, S. L., Emanuel, K. M., Romero, E. G., McClelland, G. M., Dulcan, M. K., Washburn, J. J., Welty, L.J., & Olson, N. D. (2013). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Youth in JuvenileDetention. (Beyond Detention Series, OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ239603). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
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  • Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M., McClelland, G. M., Mericle, A. A., Dulcan, M. K., & Washburn, J. J. (2006). Psychiatric Disorders of Youth in Detention. (OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ210331).Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
  • McClelland, G. M., Teplin, L. A., Abram, K. M. (2004). Detection and Prevalence of Substance Use Among Juvenile Detainees. (OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ Pub. No. NCJ20394). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice.
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Grants & Funding

The Health Disparities & Public Policy program has been funded by a consortium of federal agencies and private foundations, including:

Federal Agencies

  • Center for Mental Health Services (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA)
  • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
  • National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice (DOJ))
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH)
  • Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (NIH)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ)
  • Office of Rare Disease Research (NIH)
  • Office of Research on Women’s Health (NIH)
  • S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • S. Department of Labor

Private Foundations

  • Chicago Community Trust
  • Isaac Ray Center (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • William T. Grant Foundation

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at 312-503-3500 or healthdisparities@northwestern.edu.

Faculty

Linda A. Teplin, PhD, Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry
Karen M. Abram, PhD, Professor
Leah J. Welty, PhD, Professor
Amelie Petitclerc, PhD, Assistant Professor

 

Current Graduate Students

  • María José Luna
  • Nanzi Zheng

 

Staff

Administrative

  • Alexandra Steinberg, BA, Office Manager

 Data Team

  • David Aaby, MS, Senior Statistical Analyst
  • Nicholas Meyerson, MA, Data Manager
  • Kristin Porzak, BA, Data Assistant

 Field Team

  • Erika Ostrander, MA, Project Manager
  • Rosa Narvaez, Tracking Coordinator
  • Alejandra Lopez, BA, Project Liaison
  • Sydney Rinehart, BA, Research Assistant and Project Liaison
  • Ron Cleveland, BA, Field Interviewer
  • Lauren Daurizio, BA, Field Interviewer
  • Michele Reitsma, BS, Field Interviewer
  • Jennifer Zevallos, BA, Field Interviewer
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