Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence

Research Team bios

Christian Ritter, Ph.D.

Christian Ritter, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Akron-Kent State University Joint Ph.D. Program. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Kentucky and his post-doctoral training was in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the School of Hygiene and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Mental Hygiene. His areas of specialty are health and health care, mental health, and social psychology. His current research involves work, stress, family processes and depression; identity and well-being; stigma; and the effects of diversion program

Mark R. Munetz, M.D.

Mark R. Munetz, M.D. is the The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Endowed Chair of Psychiatry at NEOMED. His post-graduate training took place at Lafayette Clinic in Detroit and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. His research interests are in mental health and diversion programs.

Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D.

Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D., is the research coordinator with “The Quality of Life of People with Mental Illness” project at NEOMED. Since 2002, the team has been researching the effects of pre- and post-arrest diversion programs in Ohio. Dr. Bonfine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University. Her research interests include jail diversion for people with mental illness, mental health across the life course, sociology of health, and social psychology.

Kristen Marcussen, Ph.D.

Kristen Marcussen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Kent State University and an Investigator with “The Quality of Life of People with Mental Illness” project. She received her degree in Sociology at the University of Iowa. Her areas of specialty are social psychology and mental health/illness. Her work focuses on the relationships between social roles, identity and mental health, as well as effects of stigma on personal and social resources.


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Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence

NEOMED Coordinating Center of Excellence