Stacey Barrenger, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. As a mental health services researcher, her work examines the intersection between the mental health system and other social problems: criminal justice involvement, homelessness, substance use, social exclusion, and poverty. Dr. Barrenger will be teaching in the College of Medicine and looks forward to developing partnerships with local stakeholders to develop community-engaged research partners.
Dr. Barrenger comes to NEOMED from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses on developing responsive and inclusive behavioral health services, specifically reentry interventions for those with mental illnesses leaving jail and prison. Her current research explores pathways recovery and desistance pathways for peer specialists with criminal justice histories and the prison health care experiences of those with mental illnesses who were formerly incarcerated.
Dr. Barrenger has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania.