Amy Wilson

Amy Blank Wilson, PhD

Assistant Professor

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Rm 109
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
Phone: 216-368-2266


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MSW, Rutgers University
BA, Kutztown University


Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications

Recent Grants

Course List

Masters Courses

SASS 477 Direct Practice
SASS 583 Mental Health Practice with Adults

Doctoral Courses

SASS 620 Theory and Research-Based Knowledge for Social Work Practice

Affiliations and Activities

Chair of the Mental Health Specialization (Masters Program)

Clinical Associate:  Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. University of
Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA.

Scholarly Interests

Mental Health
Serious Mental Illness and Dual Diagnosis
Service Accessibility
Jail Reentry
Interventions for People with Serious Mental Illness Involved in the Justice System
Criminal Thinking and Criminogenic Risk in People with Serious Mental Illness

Research Methodologies

Intervention Research
Qualitative Research
Secondary Data Analysis

Awards, Fellowships, Honors

  •  2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research Fellowship
  • United States National Institutes of Health, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.  September 2006-September 2008.
  • March 2003 The New Investigator Research Award from National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Wilson, A.B.,  Farkas, K. (In press). Collaborative adaptations in social work intervention research in real world settings: Lessons learned from the field. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.Wilson, A.B.,  Draine, J., Barrenger, S., Hadley, T., Evans, A. (In press). The role of substance abuse in explaining time to re-incarceration among people with serious mental illness. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Wilson, A.B.,  (In press). How people with mental illness seek help after release from jail. Qualitative Health Research.

Wilson, A.B.Brown, S., Wood, Z., Farkas, K. (In press). Teaching direct practice skills using web-based simulations: Home visiting in the virtual world.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Wilson, A.B., Draine, J., Hadley, T., Metraux, S. (in press) The role of mental illness and substance abuse in explaining jail recidivism. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

Wilson, A.B., Barrenger, S., Bohrman, C., Draine, J. (2013). Balancing accessibility and selectivity in 21st century public mental health services: Implications for hard to engage clients.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 40(2), 191-206.

Wilson, A. B., Draine, J., Hadley, T., & Metraux, S. (2011) The role of mental illness and substance abuse in explaining jail recidivism. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34, 264–268.

Draine J., Wilson, A. B., Metraux S., Hadley T., & Evans, A. (2010) The impact of mental illness status on speed and means of jail release. Psychiatric Services, 61, 458–462.

Wilson, A.B. (2009). “It takes ID to get ID”: Service barriers for people with serious mental illness leaving jail. Social Service Review, 83, 111–132.