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Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D.

Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D.



Academic Title(s)

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty, College of Graduate Studies


Natalie Bonfine, Ph.D. is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Bonfine graduated from Kent State University in May 2013 with her Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in the sociology of mental health and illness and medical sociology. Dr. Bonfine’s primary area of research involves examining the overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system and the impact of this phenomenon at both the individual and systems levels. She studies jail diversion alternatives for people with serious mental illness who may become involved in the criminal justice system. She is also interested in interdisciplinary and cross-systems collaboration and coordination of care, services, and responses to meet the multiple needs of people with mental illness, as well as issues of stigma, empowerment, and stigma resistance.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Kent State University, 2013
  • M.A., Sociology, Kent State University, 2005
  • B.A., Sociology and Psychology (double major), magna cum laude, Kent State University, 2003


  • Fellow, Primary Care Transformation Fellowship. Northeast Ohio Medical University. 2020
  • Junior Faculty Award Recipient, Northeast Ohio Medical University. 2018
  • Fellow, Fellowship in Academic Medicine (FAME) Leadership Track. Northeast Ohio Medical University. 2017


Munetz, Mark R. and Natalie Bonfine. “Why Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs Need to Include Physicians.” AMA Journal of Ethics, 24(2): E154-159. doi:10.1001/amajethics.2022.154.

Noltemeyer, Amity, Rose Marie Ward, Rebecca Fischbein, Natalie Bonfine, Christian Ritter, Catie Zierden, Jonathan Seok. 2022. “Health Professions Student Helping Behaviors and Attitudes towards a Person Experiencing Anxiety within the Context of COVID-19.” International Journal of Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/00207411.2022.2038984

Bonfine, Natalie, Michael Donohue, Brenna Walters, Christian Ritter, Laura Potts, and Robert N. Baker. 2020. “The Rapid Risk of Violence Screen (RROVS): A Brief Violence Risk Assessment Tool for People in a Community Mental Health Setting.” Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-020-09736-y

Bonfine, Natalie, Amy Blank Wilson, and Mark R. Munetz. 2020. “Meeting the Needs of Justice-Involved People with Serious Mental Illness within Community Behavioral Health Systems.” Psychiatric Services 71(4): 355-363. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201900453

Bonfine, Natalie and Nikhil Nadler. 2019. “The Perceived Impact of Sequential Intercept Mapping on Communities Collaborating to Address Adults with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System.” Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 46(5): 569-579. doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-00936-z.

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