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Margaret E. Severson, J.D., M.S.W.

Professor
Primary office:
785-864-8952
Twente Hall
Room 120


Summary

Professor Severson teaches graduate students of social work in the MSW and PhD programs. Her research involves jail and prison mental health and suicide prevention programs, reentry services, social justice and human rights as related to prisoners and their families, and correctional systems organization and management. She provides consultation to the U.S. Department of Justice and to jails and prisons across the United States.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities:

- PhD Program: (1) Social Work Practice: Discovering and Integrating "Best Practices" Through Inquiry and Research. (2) History and Philosophy of Social Work

- MSW Program: Mental Health and Psychopathology, Social Work Practice with Women, Clinical Social Work Practice I (advanced clinical practice), and Family Mediation.

- BSW/Undergraduate Program: Human Sexuality in Everyday Life (required course for the Sexuality and Gender minor; and open to all university students).

Teaching Interests

  • Social Welfare: Clinical Practice
  • Practice with Women
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Family and Civil Mediation
  • Psychopathology
  • History and Philosophy of Social Work

Research

Pursuing and securing research funding and authoring publications that expand the knowledge base of the social work profession particularly in the area of the interface of social, civil, human and criminal justice, gender, community services and mental health systems

Research Interests

  • Jail and prison mental health and suicide prevention programs
  • Women prisoners
  • Reentry program evaluation
  • Service program assessments in jails
  • Organizational and community consulting
  • Jail environmental designs for mental health programs

Service

Faculty Responsibilities:

Academic adviser, dissertation chair, dissertation committee member for PhD students

Academic adviser and field liaison for MSW students.

Participation in service activities consistent with the mission of the School of Social Welfare and the University of Kansas.

Adviser to joint MSW and JD degree students, clarifying the academic and advising responsibilities that exist between the School of Social Welfare and the School of Law.

Service on key administrative committees.

Courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Women's Studies.

Selected Publications

Matejkowski, J. Lee, S. & Severson, M. E. (2018). Validation of a tool to measure attitudes among community corrections officers toward shared decision making with formerly incarcerated persons with mental illness. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45(5), 612-627.

Severson, M. (2017). Imagining the Future of Justice: Advancing Decarceration Through Multisector Social Innovations. In M. Epperson & C. Pettus-Davis (Eds.), Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century. . Oxford University Press.

Severson, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. L. (2017). Douglas County Criminal Justice System Projects: Final Report. Douglas County Board of County Commissioner.

Severson, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. L. (2017). A look at crisis assessments completed in Douglas County June 5 – July 12, 2017. Douglas County Board of County Commissioner.

Matejkowski, J. & Severson, M. (2016). Summary findings from the exploration of Douglas County jail population fluctuations. .

Rowe, D. Severson, M. E., & Huskey, B. L. (2016). Mental illness and the county jail: A new prescription . Corrections Today,(January/February 2016).

Severson, M. E. (2015). Review of the literature on jail diversion programs and summary recommendations for the establishment of a mental health court and crisis center within Douglas County, Kansas (J. Matejkowski). Douglas County Commissioners. www.douglas-county.org

Matejkowski, J. Severson, M. E., & Manthey, T. (2015). Strategies for post-release supervision of individuals with serious mental illness: Comparing specialized community corrections officers to those not serving on a specialized team . Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. DOI:10.1080/10509674.2015.1076106 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2015.1076106

Veeh, C. Severson, M. E., & Lee, J. (2015). Evaluation of a serious and violent offender reentry initiative (SVORI) program in a Midwest state. Criminal Justice Policy Review. DOI:10.1177/0887403415575144 http://cjp.sagepub.com/content/early/recent

Severson, M. E. (2013). Criminal Justice. Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Oxford University Press.

Matejkowski, J. Johnson, T. K., & Severson, M. E. (2013). Prison Social Work. Oxford University Press Online.

Severson, M. E. (2013). Crime and criminal behavior, revised (T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis). The Encyclopedia of Social Work, 21st Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. and NASW Press.

Severson, M. & Pettus, C. D. (2013). Parole officers' experiences of the symptoms of secondary trauma in the supervision of sex offenders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57, 5-24. DOI:10.1177/0306624X11422696

Severson, M. E. (2013). On Language and Limits; Missions and Mental Health. National Jail Exchange. http://community.nicic.gov/blogs/national_jail_exchange/archive/2013/01/18/on-language-and-limits-missions-and-mental-health.aspx

Severson, M. Bruns, K. Veeh, C. & Lee, J. (2012). Who goes back to prison and who does not: A multi-year view of reentry program participants. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51, 295-315.

Severson, M. Bruns, K. & Veeh, C. (2012). Final Report: Outcomes of The Second Chance and Mental Health Collaboration Projects. The Douglas County Correctional Facility.

Severson, M. Bruns, K. Veeh, C. & Lee, J. (2011). Prisoner reentry programming: Who recidivates and when? Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 50(6), 327-348.

Severson, M. Bruns, K. & Veeh, C. (2011). Annual report. The Kansas Department of Corrections' Reentry Programming Evaluation.

Severson, M. Bruns, K. & Veeh, C. (2010). Annual report. The Kansas Department of Corrections' reentry programming evaluation.

Severson, M. & Bruns, K. (2010). Final report: Kansas Department of Corrections sex offender management training.

Severson, M. (2009). Social policy and the correctional system. In J. Midgley & M. Livermore (Eds.), The handbook of social policy(2nd ed.) (pp. 463-484). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Choi, J. J., & Severson, M. (2009). "What! What kind of apology is this?": The nature of apology in victim offender mediation. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 813-820.

Higgins, D. & Severson, M. (2009). Community re-entry and older adult offenders: Defining the social work role. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52(8), 784-802.

Choi, J. J., & Severson, M. (2009). Toward a culturally competent restorative justice practice framework: A focus on Asian Americans. Families in Society, 90(4), 399-406.

Berry, M. Johnson, T. Severson, M. & Postmus, J. (2009). Wives and mothers at risk: The role of marital and maternal status in criminal activity and incarceration. Families in Society, 90(3), 293-300.

Severson, M. Postmus, J. & Berry, M. (2009). Women's experiences of victimization and survival. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36(2), 145-167.

Postmus, J. Severson, M. & Berry, M. (2009). Women's experiences of violence and seeking help. Violence Against Women, 15(7), 852-868.

Severson, M. (2009). Observations and reflections on the research process. Italy: University of Florence.

Severson, M. Veeh, C. & Bruns, K. (2009). The 2008 annual report for the Sedgwick County Reentry Program. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. Veeh, C. & Bruns, K. (2009). The 2008 annual report for the Shawnee County Reentry Program. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. Veeh, C. & Bruns, K. (2009). The Wyandotte County Reentry Program. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. (2008). Life skills program for condition violators. Kansas Department of Corrections.

Severson, M. (2008). Crime and criminal behavior (T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis). The encyclopedia of social work.(20) New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. and NASW Press.

Severson, M. (2008). The Sedgwick County Reentry Program. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. (2008). The Shawnee County Reentry Program. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. Berry, M. & Postmus, J. (2007). Risks and needs: Factors that predict women's incarceration and inform service planning. In R. Sheehan, G. McIvor, & C. Trotter (Eds.), What works with women offenders. Cullompton, Devon, UK: WILLAN Publishing.

Severson, M. (2007). [Review of the book Racism, African Americans, and social justice, Alexander, R. (2005) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield]. Social Work, 52(1), 88.

Severson, M. (2007). A report for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services on the current status of jail diversion programming in Kansas. Topeka, KS.

Severson, M. (2007). Federal partners' coming home initiative: The Shawnee County Reentry Program.

Pettus, C. & Severson, M. (2006). Paving the way for effective reentry practice: The critical role and function of the boundary spanner. The Prison Journal, 86(2), 1-24.

Postmus, J. & Severson, M. (2006). Exploring women's histories of survival of violence and victimization in a Midwestern state.

Postmus, J. & Severson, M. (2005). Violence and victimization: Exploring women's histories of survival.

Severson, M. & Bruns, K. (2005). Creating a family centered plan: An argument for worker-family negotiations in child welfare. Family Preservation Journal, 8, 27-42.

Severson, M. Postmus, J. & Berry, M. (2005). Incarcerated women: Consequences and contributions of victimization and intervention. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 1(2-4), 223-240.

Severson, M. & Duclos, C. W. (2005). Research in Practice Brief. Assessing suicide risk and behaviors among the incarcerated American Indian population: Investigating culturally sensitive risk assessment procedures for local detention facilities. Research in Practice.

Severson, M. & Duclos, C. W. (2005). American Indian suicides in jail: Can risk screening be culturally sensitive? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette, 67(4). http://www.gazette.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/article-en.html?article_id=211

Severson, M. (2005). Security and mental health professionals revisited: Still a (too) silent–partnership? Jail Suicide Update, 14(3), 1-7.

Severson, M. (2004). Mental health needs and mental health care in jails. The past, the present, and hope for the future. CorHealth, 11-23.

Duclos, C. & Severson, M. (2004). American Indian involvement in the criminal justice system. In E. Nebelkopf & M. Phillips (Eds.), Healing and mental health for Native Americans: Speaking in red (pp. 191-197). Walnut Creek: Altamira Press.

Severson, M. (2004). [Review of the book Situational prison control: Crime prevention in correctional institutions, Wortley, R. (2002) New York: Cambridge University Press]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Severson, M. Smith, S. Ortega, D. & Pettus, C. (2004). Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes: Lessons and directions for social worker mediators. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 40(3), 23-40.

Severson, M. (2004). Mental health needs and mental health care in jails. The past, the present, and hope for the future. American Jails, 9-18.

Pewewardy, N. & Severson, M. (2003). A threat to liberty: White privilege and disproportionate minority incarceration. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 14(2), 53-74.

Severson, M. (2003). Commentary on mental health courts: Reframing the problem from a jail-centered perspective. Jail Suicide and Mental Health Update, 12(1), 12-18.

Severson, M. & Duclos, C. W. (2002). Final report. Assessing suicide risk and behaviors among the incarcerated American Indian population: Developing a culturally sensitive risk assessment tool for local detention facilities.

Severson, M. & Lieberman, A. (2002). The wheel, reinvented. Psychiatric Services, 53(5), 507.

Severson, M. (2001). Women's mental health issues: Twentieth-century realities; twenty-first century challenges. In K. Jean Peterson & A. Lieberman (Eds.), Building on women's strengths: A social work agenda for the twenty-first century(2nd ed.) (pp. 95-118). New York: Haworth.

Severson, M. (2001). Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes: Comparing critical outcomes of litigated and mediated custody processes. Office of Judicial Administration, State of Kansas.

Severson, M. (2000). The impact of a state hospital closure on local jails: The Kansas experience. Community Mental Health Journal, 36(6), 571-588.

Severson, M. (1999). Social policy and the correctional system. In J. Midgley, M. Tracy, & M. Livermore (Eds.), The handbook of social policy (pp. 293-311). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Severson, M. (1999). [Review of the book Confidentiality and privacy in social work: A guide to the law for practitioners and students, Dickson, D.T. (1998) New York: The Free Press]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 24(4)

Severson, M. (1999). Social work education and practice in the jail setting. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 18(1/2), 53-71.

Lieberman, A. & Severson, M. (1998). Should there be a moratorium on the development of social work education programs? Yes! Journal of Education for Social Work, 34, 165-70, 180-83.

Severson, M. (1998). Teaching mediation theory and skills in an interdisciplinary classroom. Journal of Social Work Education, 34(2), 185-194.

Severson, M. (1998). Assessing the movement of persons into local jail facilities. Topeka State Hospital closure evaluation. Office of Policy Analysis, School of Social Welfare.

Severson, M. (1997). Moving beyond case law: Suggestions for dealing with the mentally ill offender. Journal of Law and Social Work, 5, 121-129.

Severson, M. (1996). [Review of the book Rethinking abortion. Equal choice, the constitution, and reproductive politics, Graber, M.A. (1996) Princeton: Princeton University Press]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 24(4)

Severson, M. (1996). Editorial reply to Mr. Jerry Bagnell. Social Work, 41(2), 239-240.

Severson, M. E. (1996). Editorial reply to Mr. Jerry Bagnell. Social Work, 41(2), 239-240. NASW Press.

Severson, M. (1995). Back to basics in jail mental health programming. Combining knowledge, common sense, creativity and community. Jail Suicide Update, 8-12.

Severson, M. (1995). [Review of the book Involuntary clients in social work practice. A research-based approach, Ivanoff, A., Blythe, B.J. & Tripodi, T. (1994) New York: Aldine de Gruyter]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 22(2), 143-144.

Noble, D. N., & Severson, M. (1995). Marriages of convenience and purpose: Social work education and the community unite. Journal of Social Work Education, 31, 89-94.

Severson, M. & Bankston, T. V. (1995). The pursuit of justice through mediation: Implications for social work practice. Social Work, 40(5), 683-691.

Severson, M. (1995). Inventory of Louisiana state prison facilities. Expert's report to the court.

Severson, M. (1994). [Review of the book Forensic social work: Legal aspects of professional practice, Barker, R.L. & Branson, D.M. (1993) New York: Haworth Press]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 21(4), 175-177.

Severson, M. (1994). The inevitability of clinicians being sued. Kansas City: The Fourth Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium.

Severson, M. (1994). Practice dilemmas: Adapting social work values to the corrections environment. Social Work, 39(4), 451-456.

Severson, M. (1993). Protection and prevention: Testing the prisoner population for communicable diseases. Criminal Justice Review, 18(2), 203-220.

Severson, M. (1993). Security and mental health professionals: A (too) silent partnership? Jail Suicide Update, 5(3), 1-6.

Severson, M. (1992). Redefining the boundaries of mental health services: A holistic approach to improving the mental health of inmates. Kansas City: The Second Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium.

Severson, M. (1992). Defense industry: one. Injured parties: zero. Rights-limiting, ethical problems with Boyle and the government contractor defense. Public Contract Law Journal, 21(4), 572-592.

Severson, M. (1992). Redefining the boundaries of mental health services: A holistic approach to improving inmate mental health. Federal Probation, 56(3).

Severson, M. (1991). Update -- Suicide prevention in detention facilities. In Suicide. (Vol. 91). Denver: American Association of Suicidology.

Severson, M. Noble, D. & Pugh, D. (1991). Report: Mental health in Louisiana Parish jails.

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