We are excited have Dr. Stefanie Rezansoff join our research team.  Dr. Rezanoff is a post-doctoral research fellow, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She holds a PhD in Population and Public Health from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada). Stefanie’s research focuses on pharmaco-epidemiology of prescribed psychotropic medication in justice-involved and homeless populations, and the health/functional outcomes of psychotropic medication adherence.

The Cal Policy Lab facilitates close working partnerships between California state policymakers and researchers at UCLA and UC Berkeley to generate scientific evidence that solves California's most urgent programs, including homelessness, poverty, crime, and education equality.

Lab members presented two papers on self-perceptions of risk for violence & self-harm at this year’s American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) 2017 Conference in Seattle, Washington on March 16 - 19.

Do Patients’ Minimize Self-Perceived Levels of Risk, When Talking to Clinicians Rather than Researchers?  Lina Montoya, B.A.; Jen L. Skeem, Ph.D.; Sarah M. Manchak, Ph.D.

Patients’ Self-Perceptions of Risk for Self-Harm Out Predict Clinical Judgment and Assessment  Sara Ellis; Michael S. Galloway, B.A.; Jen L. Skeem, Ph.D.; Sarah M. Manchak, Ph.D.

In February, Stefanie van Goozen (from Cardiff) presented an insightful talk on early detection and prevention of criminal behavior that was jointly sponsored by the Mack Center for Mental Health and Social Conflict and the Institute for Human Development. Professor van Goozen is collaborating with Professor Skeem on projects related to Prevention & Early Intervention with At-Risk Juveniles and Identifying New Leverage Points for Intervention.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) awarded John Petrila (Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute) and Jennifer Skeem (UC Berkeley) a grant to evaluate a system-wide transformation in Dallas County, Texas that will provide targeted services to justice-involved people with mental illness.  The focus is on “super-utilizers” who cycle frequently among emergency rooms, hospitals, and jails—with a staggering human and fiscal toll.

Jennifer Skeem, a Professor at UC Berkeley, and Christopher Lowenkamp, a criminal justice researcher with the Administrative Office of the U.S.

We are currently seeking four outstanding staff members to join our Risk-Resilience team for a five-year study of a new, promising Intervention for justice-involved people with mental illness. The study will rigorously test whether and how, Interventions, a cognitive-behavioral group treatment (CBT) program, reduces recidivism for this population. The study will be based in UC Berkeley, with one study site in Sonoma and another site in San Francisco.

Please spread the news—and, if you’re interested, click on the position to find out more and apply.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Staff Research Associate III

Research Assistant in San Francisco

Research Assistant in Sonoma 

Jennifer Skeem was just named the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor in Mental Health and Social Conflict.  Her five-year appointment will facilitate her research on mental health and violence—especially the line that focuses on promoting positive development for at-risk children and adolescents.


Jennifer Skeem (UCB) and Susan Turner (UCI) were awarded $1.6M by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to conduct a five-study that will advance policy for justice-involved people with mental illness.  In this randomized controlled trial, we will test whether and how Interventions, a cognitive-behavioral group treatment program, reduces recidivism for this population, compared to existing services in a mental health court or a day reporting center.


In May, stakeholders in education, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice participated in a working group meeting at UC Berkeley, funded by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.  The meeting is part of a project designed to advance understanding of how and when to intervene with youth at risk for violence and involvement in the justice system.