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

Professor
J.D., Juris Doctor, University of Denver
Primary office:
Twente Hall, 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 [Journal Articles]. 45(5), 612–627.
Severson, M. E., & Matejkowski, J. L. (2017). Douglas County Criminal Justice System Projects: Final Report. [Other]. 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 [Other]. Douglas County Board of County Commissioner.
Severson, M. (2017). Imagining the Future of Justice: Advancing Decarceration Through Multisector Social Innovations. (M. Epperson & C. Pettus-Davis, Eds.) [Book Chapters]. Oxford University Press.
Matejkowski, J., & Severson, M. (2016). Summary findings from the exploration of Douglas County jail population fluctuations. [Monographs].
Rowe, D., Severson, M. E., & Huskey, B. L. (2016, January). Mental illness and the county jail: A new prescription  [Magazine Articles]. 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, Ed.) [Monographs]. Douglas County Commissioners. http://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 Articles]. Published. https://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. [Journal Articles]. Published. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403415575144
Severson, M. E. (2013). Crime and criminal behavior, revised (T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis, Eds.) [Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles]. Oxford University Press, Inc. and NASW Press.
Severson, M. E. (2013). Criminal Justice [Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles]. Oxford University Press.
Severson, M. E. (2013). On Language and Limits; Missions and Mental Health. [Newsletter Articles]. U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections. http://community.nicic.gov/blogs/national_jail_exchange/archive/2013/01/...
Severson, M., & Pettus, C. D. (2013). Parole officers’ experiences of the symptoms of secondary trauma in the supervision of sex offenders [Journal Articles]. 57, 5–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X11422696
Matejkowski, J., Johnson, T. K., & Severson, M. E. (2013). Prison Social Work [Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles]. Oxford University Press Online.
Severson, M., Bruns, K., & Veeh, C. (2012). Final Report: Outcomes of The Second Chance and Mental Health Collaboration Projects [Research Reports]. The Douglas County Correctional Facility.
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 Articles]. 51, 295–315.
Severson, M., Bruns, K., & Veeh, C. (2011). Annual report. The Kansas Department of Corrections’ Reentry Programming Evaluation [Research Reports].
Severson, M., Bruns, K., Veeh, C., & Lee, J. (2011). Prisoner reentry programming: Who recidivates and when? [Journal Articles]. 50(6), 327–348.
Severson, M., Bruns, K., & Veeh, C. (2010). Annual report. The Kansas Department of Corrections’ reentry programming evaluation [Research Reports].
Severson, M., & Bruns, K. (2010). Final report: Kansas Department of Corrections sex offender management training [Research Reports].
Severson, M. (2009). Observations and reflections on the research process [Research Reports]. University of Florence.
Severson, M., Veeh, C., & Bruns, K. (2009). The 2008 annual report for the Sedgwick County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Severson, M., Veeh, C., & Bruns, K. (2009). The 2008 annual report for the Shawnee County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Severson, M., Veeh, C., & Bruns, K. (2009). The Wyandotte County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Choi, J. J., & Severson, M. (2009). “What! What kind of apology is this?”: The nature of apology in victim offender mediation [Journal Articles]. 31, 813–820.
Higgins, D., & Severson, M. (2009). Community re-entry and older adult offenders:  Defining the social work role [Journal Articles]. 52(8), 784–802.
Severson, M. (2009). Social policy and the correctional system (J. Midgley & M. Livermore, Eds.; Issue 2, pp. 463–484) [Book Chapters]. Sage.
Choi, J. J., & Severson, M. (2009). Toward a culturally competent restorative justice practice framework: A focus on Asian Americans [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 90(3), 293–300.
Severson, M., Postmus, J., & Berry, M. (2009). Women’s experiences of victimization and survival [Journal Articles]. 36(2), 145–167.
Postmus, J., Severson, M., & Berry, M. (2009). Women’s experiences of violence and seeking help [Journal Articles]. 15(7), 852–868.
Severson, M. (2008). Life skills program for condition violators [Research Reports]. Kansas Department of Corrections.
Severson, M. (2008). The Sedgwick County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Severson, M. (2008). The Shawnee County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Severson, M. (2008). Crime and criminal behavior (T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis, Eds.; Issue 20) [Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles]. Oxford University Press, Inc. and NASW Press.
Severson, M. (2007). [Book Reviews]. 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 [Research Reports].
Severson, M. (2007). Federal partners’ coming home initiative: The Shawnee County Reentry Program [Research Reports].
Severson, M., Berry, M., & Postmus, J. (2007). Risks and needs: Factors that predict women’s incarceration and inform service planning (R. Sheehan, G. McIvor, & C. Trotter, Eds.) [Book Chapters]. WILLAN Publishing.
Postmus, J., & Severson, M. (2006). Exploring women’s histories of survival of violence and victimization in a Midwestern state [Research Reports].
Pettus, C., & Severson, M. (2006). Paving the way for effective reentry practice: The critical role and function of the boundary spanner [Journal Articles]. 86(2), 1–24.
Postmus, J., & Severson, M. (2005). Violence and victimization: Exploring women’s histories of survival [Research Reports].
Severson, M., & Duclos, C. W. (2005). American Indian suicides in jail: Can risk screening be culturally sensitive? [Magazine Articles]. 67(4). http://www.gazette.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/article-en.html?article_id=211
Severson, M., & Bruns, K. (2005). Creating a family centered plan: An argument for worker-family negotiations in child welfare [Journal Articles]. 8, 27–42.
Severson, M., Postmus, J., & Berry, M. (2005). Incarcerated women: Consequences and contributions of victimization and intervention [Journal Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Published.
Severson, M. (2005). Security and mental health professionals revisited: Still a (too) silent–partnership? [Magazine Articles]. 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 [Magazine Articles]. 11–23.
Severson, M. (2004, July). Mental health needs and mental health care in jails. The past, the present, and hope for the future [Magazine Articles]. 9–18.
Severson, M. (2004). [Book Reviews]. Published.
Duclos, C., & Severson, M. (2004). American Indian involvement in the criminal justice system (E. Nebelkopf & M. Phillips, Eds.; pp. 191–197) [Book Chapters]. Altamira Press.
Severson, M., Smith, S., Ortega, D., & Pettus, C. (2004). Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes: Lessons and directions for social worker mediators [Journal Articles]. 40(3), 23–40.
Pewewardy, N., & Severson, M. (2003). A threat to liberty: White privilege and disproportionate minority incarceration [Journal Articles]. 14(2), 53–74.
Severson, M. (2003). Commentary on mental health courts: Reframing the problem from a jail-centered perspective [Magazine Articles]. 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 [Research Reports].
Severson, M., & Lieberman, A. (2002). The wheel, reinvented [Journal Articles]. 53(5), 507.
Severson, M. (2001). Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes: Comparing critical outcomes of litigated and mediated custody processes [Research Reports]. Office of Judicial Administration, State of Kansas.
Severson, M. (2001). Women’s mental health issues: Twentieth-century realities; twenty-first century challenges (K. J. Peterson & A. Lieberman, Eds.; Issue 2, pp. 95–118) [Book Chapters]. Haworth.
Severson, M. (2000). The impact of a state hospital closure on local jails: The Kansas experience [Journal Articles]. 36(6), 571–588.
Severson, M. (1999). [Book Reviews]. 24(4).
Severson, M. (1999). Social policy and the correctional system (J. Midgley, M. Tracy, & M. Livermore, Eds.; pp. 293–311) [Book Chapters]. Sage.
Severson, M. (1999). Social work education and practice in the jail setting [Journal Articles]. 18(1/2), 53–71.
Severson, M. (1998). Assessing the movement of persons into local jail facilities. Topeka State Hospital closure evaluation [Research Reports]. Office of Policy Analysis, School of Social Welfare.
Lieberman, A., & Severson, M. (1998). Should there be a moratorium on the development of social work education programs? Yes! [Journal Articles]. 34, 165–170, 180–183.
Severson, M. (1998). Teaching mediation theory and skills in an interdisciplinary classroom [Journal Articles]. 34(2), 185–194.
Severson, M. (1997). Moving beyond case law: Suggestions for dealing with the mentally ill offender [Journal Articles]. 5, 121–129.
Severson, M. (1996). [Book Reviews]. 24(4).
Severson, M. (1996). Editorial reply to Mr. Jerry Bagnell (Vol. 41, Issue 2, pp. 239–240) [Editorials, Journal].
Severson, M. E. (1996). Editorial reply to Mr. Jerry Bagnell (Vol. 41, Issue 2, pp. 239–240) [Editorials, Journal]. NASW Press.
Severson, M. (1995). Back to basics in jail mental health programming. Combining knowledge, common sense, creativity and community [Magazine Articles]. 8–12.
Severson, M. (1995). [Book Reviews]. 22(2), 143–144.
Severson, M. (1995). Inventory of Louisiana state prison facilities. Expert’s report to the court [Research Reports].
Noble, D. N., & Severson, M. (1995). Marriages of convenience and purpose: Social work education and the community unite [Journal Articles]. 31, 89–94.
Severson, M., & Bankston, T. V. (1995). The pursuit of justice through mediation: Implications for social work practice [Journal Articles]. 40(5), 683–691.
Severson, M. (1994). [Book Reviews]. 21(4), 175–177.
Severson, M. (1994). Practice dilemmas: Adapting social work values to the corrections environment [Journal Articles]. 39(4), 451–456.
Severson, M. (1994). The inevitability of clinicians being sued [Conference Proceedings]. The Fourth Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium.
Severson, M. (1993). Protection and prevention: Testing the prisoner population for communicable diseases [Journal Articles]. 18(2), 203–220.
Severson, M. (1993). Security and mental health professionals: A (too) silent partnership? [Magazine Articles]. 5(3), 1–6.
Severson, M. (1992). Defense industry: one. Injured parties: zero. Rights-limiting, ethical problems with Boyle and the government contractor defense [Journal Articles]. 21(4), 572–592.
Severson, M. (1992). Redefining the boundaries of mental health services: A holistic approach to improving inmate mental health [Journal Articles]. 56(3).
Severson, M. (1992). Redefining the boundaries of mental health services: A holistic approach to improving the mental health of inmates [Conference Proceedings]. The Second Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium.
Severson, M., Noble, D., & Pugh, D. (1991). Report: Mental health in Louisiana Parish jails [Research Reports].
Severson, M. (1991). Update -- Suicide prevention in detention facilities (D. Lester, Ed.; Vol. 91) [Conference Proceedings]. American Association of Suicidology.
Severson, M. E., Veeh, C., Bruns, K., & Lee, J. (in preparation/progress; not yet submitted). A comprehensive evaluation of a state prisoner reentry Initiative [Journal Articles].
Severson, M. E., & Veeh, C. (in preparation/progress; not yet submitted). Prisoner Reentry [Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles]. Oxford University Press.
OBrien, P., Severson, M. E., & Kubiak, S. P. (in preparation/progress; not yet submitted). Social Work Practice in Correctional Settings [Books].

Selected Presentations

Matejkowski, J. L., & Severson, M. E. (1/1/2018 - 1/31/2018). Predictors of shared decision-making with people who have a serious mental illness and who are under justice supervision in the community. Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference. Washington DC
Matejkowski, J., & Severson, M. (8/31/2016). Overview on baseline data and context for where Lawrence / Douglas County fit into the national discussion over incarceration and criminal justice and jail alternatives. Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Retreat,. Lawrence, KS
Matejkowski, J., & Severson, M. (7/31/2016). Summary findings from the exploration of Douglas County jail population fluctuations. Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Lawrence, KS
Severson, M., & Matejkowski, J. (4/30/2016). Approaches to reduce the justice-system involvement of adults with serious mental illnesses. Professional Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology Proseminar,. University of Kansas
Severson, M. (2/28/2016). Current Issues in the Douglas County Criminal Justice System. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training. Lawrence, KS
Severson, M. (1/31/2016). Keeping the Mentally Ill Out of Jails and Prisons. University Forum. Lawrence, KS
Severson, M. E. (9/25/2015 - 9/25/2015). Looking to the Future to Propel Multisector Social Innovation. From Mass Incarceration to Effective and Sustainable Decarceration. Washington University in St Louis
Veeh, C., & Severson, M. E. (7/14/2015). A closer look at women released from prison: The interplay of mental health, substance involvement, and release conditions. International Association of Law and Mental Health. Vienna, Austria. http://www.ialmh.org
Rowe, D., Severson, M. E., Huskey, B. L., & C. W. (11/19/2015 - 12/31/2015). A New Prescription: Mental Illness and County Jails. The American Institute of Architects. Miami, Florida
Matejkowski, J., Manthey, T., & Severson, M. E. (1/1/2015 - 12/31/2015). Investigating therapeutic strategies for post release supervision of individuals with serious mental illness: Parole/probation officers weigh in. Society for Social Work Research. New Orleans
Veeh, C., Severson, M. E., Bruns, K., & Lee, J. (1/31/2014). Prisoner reentry programming vs. treatment-as-usual in a state prison system: A comprehensive evaluation. Society for Social Work and Research. San Antonio
Severson, M. E., Veeh, C., Bruns, K., & Lee, J. (7/31/2013). Doing Justice in Prisoner Rehabilitation. International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Amsterdam. http://www.ialmh.org
Veeh, C., Severson, M. E., Bruns, K., & Lee, J. (4/30/2013). Rehabilitation in a prisoner reentry program: Is recidivism the appropriate measure of effectiveness?. 55th Annual Western Social Science Conference. Denver
Veeh, C., Severson, M. E., Bruns, K., & Lee, J. (1/31/2013). Rethinking Rehabilitation in Prisoner Reentry Programs: Capturing the Chaos of Desistance. Society for Social Work and Research. San Diego
Johnson, T. K., & Severson, M. E. (7/31/2012). Incarcerated Mothers: Their Histories of Victimization and the Consequences for Their Children. Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact. Stockholm. http://www.ialmh.org
Severson, M. E., & Johnson, T. K. (7/31/2012). Making Second Chances Count for Justice Involved Adults. Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact. Stockholm. http://www.ialmh.org
Severson, M. E. (6/30/2011). Who recidivates, who does not and what they did along the way, findings from a multi-year evaluation of reintegration programming. International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Barcelona
Severson, M. E. (1/1/2011 - 5/3/2011). The lives of others: Incarcerated mothers, their histories of victimization, and the consequences for their children. University of South Australia. Adelaide, Australia
Higgins, D., & Severson, M. (3/31/2010). How can the aging network support community re-entry of older offenders?. American Society on Aging – Aging in America 2010 Annual Conference. Chicago
Severson, M. (3/1/2010). Intersections of violence, arrest, incarceration, motherhood and economic well-being: Service needs, system responses, appraisals of helpfulness and ideas for reintegration. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Pettus, C., & Severson, M. (11/30/2009). Parole officers experiences of secondary trauma in the supervision of sex offenders. American Criminology Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia
Severson, M. (3/31/2009). 'Il racial profiling' (Racial Profiling). The University of Florence. Florence, Italy
Severson, M. (3/31/2009). Criminal justice in America. The University of Florence. Florence, Italy
Severson, M. (11/30/2007). Managing emotions throughout diagnosis and treatment. Mental Health Association of the Heartland. Kansas City
Severson, M. (10/31/2007). Suicide prevention. invited keynote address, Arizona Department of Health Services and the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Arizona. Tucson
Berry, M., Severson, M., & Postmus, J. (9/30/2007). Criminal histories of wives and mothers: The role of economic need. What Works with Women Offenders Conference. Prato, Italy
Severson, M., & Berry, M. (9/30/2007). Who is arrested and who is not; who goes to prison and who does not? The roles of victimization and supports in the criminal trajectory. What Works with Women Offenders Conference. Prato, Italy
Severson, M. (11/30/2006). 31st Annual Kansas Association of Counties Conference. Topeka
Postmus, J., & Severson, M. (10/31/2006). Interventions that made a difference: Exploring the experiences of sexually violated and abused women. Violences faites aux femmes: réponses sociales plurielles (Violence Against Women: Diversifying Social Responses). Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Severson, M., & Postmus, J. (10/31/2006). Trapped by poverty; imprisoned by society; freed by knowledge. What matters in the lives of incarcerated women victims. Violences faites aux femmes: réponses sociales plurielles (Violence Against Women: Diversifying Social Responses). Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Severson, M. (8/31/2006). Evaluation of reentry services in Kansas. American Correctional Association Annual Conference. Charlotte
Severson, M., & Postmus, J. (6/30/2006). The aftermath of violence and victimization in the lives of adult women: An exploration of the impact of risk and protective factors. 6th Annual Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Postmus, J., & Severson, M. (3/31/2006). Exploring women's histories of violence and victimization: A comparison study of female prisoners and women in the community. Annual Meeting of the American Criminal Justice Sciences. Baltimore
Postmus, J., & Severson, M. (2/28/2006). Telling their 'secrets': Women's experiences disclosing their victimization. 2006 Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education. Chicago
Severson, M. (11/30/2005). Re-entry: Bridging the unemployment gap. Keynote address, Bi-State Correctional Coordinators Council. Lawrence, KS
Severson, M. (10/31/2005). Mediation in child welfare cases – Essential skills and strategies. New South Wales Department of Community Services: DoCS Research to Practice Seminar. Sydney, Australia
Severson, M. (10/31/2005). One prisoner; one family: Recognizing and mitigating the broader impact of incarceration. New South Wales Family Services: Champions of Change Conference. Sydney, Australia
Severson, M. (10/31/2005). Using mediation skills to champion family and system change. Keynote address, New South Wales Family Services: Champions of Change Conference. Sydney, Australia
Severson, M., Postmus, J., & Berry, M. (6/30/2005). Incarcerated Women: Consequences and contributions of victimization, risk, and resiliency. What Works with Women Offenders Conference. Prato, Italy
Severson, M. (5/31/2005). Suicide prevention; risk reduction. 17th Annual Meeting of the American Jail Association. Kansas City, MO
Severson, M. (4/30/2005). A public health approach for correctional mental health care. 5th Annual Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Melbourne, Australia
Severson, M., & Pettus, C. (4/30/2005). Total system management of sex offenders and the narrative accounts of parole and treatment professionals. 5th Annual Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Melbourne, Australia
Severson, M. (11/30/2004). Highlighting juvenile justice and rural prevention efforts. Collaboration around Youth Suicide Prevention Roundtable. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHOS). Chicago
Severson, M., & Pettus, C. (6/30/2004). Partnering with corrections at micro, mezzo, and macro levels of intervention: Tracing the development of a research and service collaboration. 4th Annual Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Stockholm, Sweden
Severson, M., & Pettus, C. (6/30/2004). Spanning the boundaries of communities, corrections, and health care systems. 4th Annual Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Stockholm, Sweden
Postmus, J. L., & Severson, M. (5/31/2004). Violence and victimization: Women's histories of survival. Sexual Violence against Women from Diverse Communities: Current Research Supported by the National Institute of Justice. 3rd National Sexual Violence Prevention Conference. Los Angeles, CA
Severson, M., & Bruns, K. (10/31/2003). Using conflict resolution & negotiation skills in family centered child welfare practice. Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Overland Park, KS
Severson, M., & Bruns, K. (5/31/2003). It won't work with this family. Annual Colorado Child Welfare Conference. Vail
Duclos, C., & Severson, M. (12/31/2003). Race & gender differences in prior service utilization for a sample of jail detainees. 28th Annual Conference, North American Primary Care Research Group. Amelia Island, FL
Severson, M., & Duclos, C. (12/31/2002). Assessing suicide and risk behaviors in an incarcerated American Indian population: Investigating culturally sensitive risk assessment instruments and procedures. 8th National Strengthening Indian Nations – Justice for Victims of Crime Conference. Palm Springs
Severson, M. (11/30/2002). Incarcerated mentally ill - unnecessary costs, unnecessary outcomes. 27th Annual Kansas Association of Counties Conference. Wichita
Severson, M. (5/31/2002). The intersection of culture and inmate suicide assessment: Lessons from a reservation border jail. Juried, 6th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Severson, M. (4/30/2002). Jail inmates with mental illness: A community problem. International satellite-video presentation. Sponsored by: U.S. Department of Justice, The National Institute of Corrections. 15,000 viewers (U.S., Australia, Great Britain, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Severson, M. (1/31/2002). Culturally sensitive suicide risk assessment: Problems and potentials. Society for Social Work Research. San Diego
Duclos, C., & Severson, M. (12/31/2002). Relationship of family history of suicide to suicide ideation & past attempts in a sample of American Indian/Non-Indian jail detainees. 30th Annual Conference, North American Primary Care Research Group. New Orleans, LA
Severson, M. (10/31/2001). Assessing suicide risk among detained Native American and Non-Native American populations. Best Practice Interventions in Corrections for Indigenous People Conference. Sydney, Australia
Severson, M. (10/31/2001). The quest for a culturally sensitive suicide risk assessment instrument and protocol. American Public Health Association Conference. Atlanta, GA
Severson, M. (7/31/2001). Assessing suicide risk among detained Native American and Non-Native American populations. Annual Research Conference, National Institute of Justice. Washington, DC
Severson, M., Lieberman, A., & Peterson, K. J. (5/31/2000). Setting out the feminist agenda for social work practice in the legal environment. National Organization of Forensic Social Work. Palm Springs
Severson, M. (10/31/1999). Confidentiality & privilege: Attorneys and mental health professionals. 23rd Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Topeka
Severson, M. (3/31/1998). Understanding privacy, confidentiality, and privilege. University of Kansas, Watkins Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services
Severson, M. (11/30/1997). Managing mental health needs in the correctional setting. National Training Conference for Criminal Justice and Community Leaders. Green Bay
Severson, M. (10/31/1995). Ethical dilemmas in correctional health care. Rocky Mountain Correctional Health Care Conference. Denver
Severson, M. (10/31/1995). Legal issues in correctional health care. Rocky Mountain Correctional Health Care Conference. Denver
Severson, M. (5/31/1995). Academe and jail interns: Making it a political and practical success. American Jail Association 14th Annual Training Conference. Charlotte
Severson, M. (12/31/1995). Suicide prevention in jails. Two (2) 30-minute videotapes, nationwide broadcast(s) to law enforcement/corrections subscribers, Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), Texas
Severson, M. (5/31/1994). The promise of social work -- In your local jail?. Clinical Social Work Conference. Washington, DC
Severson, M. (4/30/1994). The inevitability of clinicians being sued. Fourth Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium. Kansas City
Severson, M., & Blundo, R. (3/31/1994). Multiculturalism, diversity and universality: Discovering connections in cultural differences. 1994 Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. San Antonio
Severson, M., & Bankston, T. V. (2/28/1994). The pursuit of justice through mediation: Implications for social work practice. NASW-LA Annual Conference. Baton Rouge
Severson, M. (5/31/1993). Legal issues in jail mental health programming. American Jail Association's 12th Annual Training Conference. Portland
Severson, M. (5/31/1992). Redefining the boundaries of mental health services: A holistic approach to improving the mental health of inmates. Second Annual Midwestern Mental Health in Corrections Symposium. Kansas City
Severson, M. (4/30/1991). Update: Suicide prevention in detention facilities. National Conference, American Association of Suicidology. Boston
Severson, M. (5/31/1988). The mentally ill inmate in the jail system. Pikes Peak Alliance of the Mentally Ill. Colorado Springs
Severson, M. (5/31/1987). Jailing the mentally ill. Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill, State Conference. Colorado Springs
Severson, M. (4/30/1986). Suicide prevention in the El Paso County Jail. National Conference, American Association of Suicidology. Atlanta

Selected Grants

An Outcome Evaluation of a Modified Therapeutic Community for Female Offenders: A Research-Practitioner Partnership. Univ of Arkansas - Fayetteville/National Institute of Justice. $112661.00. Submitted 6/24/2015 (1/1/2016 - 12/31/2019). Other University. Status: Not Funded
Improving health access through municipal courts using a university-community collaboration. Robert Wood Johnson. $138061.00. Submitted 3/10/2017 (10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018). Foundation. Status: Not Funded
Improving health access through municipal courts using a university-community collaboration. Robert Wood Johnson. $139504.00. Submitted 6/13/2017 (10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018). Foundation. Status: In Preparation
AID Evaluation. US Dept of Justice, Douglas County Sheriff's Office. $34296.00. Submitted 4/13/2015 (10/1/2015 - 9/30/2017). Federal. Status: Proposal Submitted
Phase 2 - Proposal for Douglas County Criminal Justice-Related Activities. Douglas Co 7th Judicial. $65692.00. (8/1/2016 - 9/30/2017). Local Government. Status: Funded
Proposal for Douglas County Criminal Justice-Related Activities. Douglas Co 7th Judicial. $65692.00. Submitted 4/21/2016 (8/1/2016 - 9/30/2017). Local Government. Status: Proposal Submitted
Technical Assistance to Douglas County Part II. Douglas County Commissioners. $66000.00. Submitted 3/1/2016 (4/1/2016 - 9/30/2017). Local Government. Status: Proposal Submitted. Provide consultation to criminal justice development and implementation activities in Douglas County
Proposal for Douglas County Criminal Justice-Related Activities. Douglas County Commissioners. $46799.00. Submitted 11/24/2015 (11/11/2015 - 9/30/2016). Local Government. Status: Funded
Douglas County Jail Expansion. Treanor Architects for Douglas County Manager and Douglas County Sheriff. $25000.00. Submitted 1/1/2014 (1/12/2015 - 8/31/2015). For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded. Exploration of arrest and incarceration alternatives; consideration of proposed environmental and physical modifications int he Douglas County Jail.
The Effects of Sexual Objectification, Self-Objectification, Body Appreciation, and Quality of the Sexual Relationship on the Preventative Sexual Health Behaviors Among a Sample of Emerging Adult Women. Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. $5000.00. Submitted 1/1/2014 (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015). Foundation. PI for this dissertation research award to Virginia Ramseyer Winter
Exiting the Commercial Sex Trade: An Exploratory Study. 2013-IJ-CX-0014. Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice. $30000.00. Submitted 1/1/2013 (1/1/2013 - 12/31/2014). Federal. Status: Funded. Principal Investigator on a Dissertation Support Grant
Mental health collaboration initiative. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Submitted 1/1/2009 (1/1/2010 - 12/31/2012). Federal. Status: Funded. Provide consultation and participate in collaborative activities with Douglas County officials, community members, and federal officials in creating a community system of care for returning offenders.
Second chance reentry initiative. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Submitted 1/1/2009 (1/1/2010 - 12/31/2012). Federal. Status: Funded. Create database, analyze data, write grant reports, provide consultation for this reentry initiative.
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $123179.00. (1/1/2010 - 12/31/2011). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $158697.00. (1/1/2009 - 12/31/2010). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $158697.00. (1/1/2008 - 12/31/2009). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Sex offender management discretionary grant program: Building a comprehensive continuum of management strategies. Office of Justice Programs. $70000.00. (1/1/2006 - 12/31/2009). Federal. Status: Funded
Life skills for Kansas prisoners. Kansas Department of Corrections; U.S. Department of Education. $155000.00. (1/1/2006 - 12/31/2008). Federal. Status: Funded
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $125497.00. (1/1/2007 - 12/31/2008). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Life skills for Kansas prisoners. Kansas Department of Corrections; U.S. Department of Education. $100000.00. (1/1/2004 - 12/31/2007). Federal. Status: Funded
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $90450.00. (1/1/2006 - 12/31/2007). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Reentry initiatives. Kansas Department of Corrections. $90450.00. (1/1/2005 - 12/31/2006). State of Kansas. Status: Funded
Federal partners' 'coming home' reentry initiative. Kansas Department of Corrections. $1000000.00. (1/1/2002 - 12/31/2005). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. System-wide funding.
Sex offender management discretionary grant program: Building a comprehensive continuum of management strategies. Office of Justice Programs. (1/1/2002 - 12/31/2005). Federal. Status: Funded. $100,000
Violence and victimization: Exploring women's histories of survival. National Institute of Justice Grant. $249653.00. Submitted 1/1/2002 (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2005). Federal. Status: Funded
Year 2: Assessing suicide risk and behaviors among the incarcerated American Indian population: Investigating culturally sensitive risk assessment procedures for local detention facilities. National Institute of Justice. $147557.00. (1/1/2000 - 12/31/2002). Federal. Status: Funded
Assessing suicide risk and behaviors among the incarcerated American Indian population: Developing a culturally sensitive risk assessment tool for local detention facilities. National Institute of Justice. $50000.00. (1/1/1999 - 12/31/2001). Federal. Status: Funded
Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes comparing critical outcomes of litigated and mediated custody processes. Department of Judicial Administration. $7500.00. (12/31/2000). Federal. Status: Funded
Judicial efficiencies in child custody disputes comparing critical outcomes of litigated and mediated custody processes. Graduate Research Fund Award, University of Kansas. $5000.00. (12/31/2000). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Topeka State Hospital Closure Study, Jail Project. (12/31/1998). State of Kansas. Status: Funded. Designing and implementing survey and interview research to determine the impact of recent state hospital closures on county jail systems.
Assessing suicide risk and behaviors among the incarcerated Indian population: Developing a culturally-sensitive risk assessment tool for local detention facilities. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Submitted 1/1/1998. Foundation. Status: Not Funded
District Attorney's Women's Diversion Project. Douglas County District Attorney. Submitted 3/1/2018 (3/1/2018). Local Government. Status: Funded. Evaluate a nationally funded trial project for justice-involved women who are also substance users.
Research and Evaluation in Justice Systems: A Pilot Study on the Impact of Incarceration on Families of Adults Confined to Correctional Institutions. U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. Submitted 1/1/2012. Federal. Status: Not Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

Gene and Gretchen Budig Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2012
Rose Dobrof Award – Honorable Mention
Journal of Gerontological Social Work
2010
Sabbatical
University of Florence, Italy
2009
Suzanne and Harry Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
2007
Gene and Gretchen Budig Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2006
Outstanding Social Work Faculty Recognition
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Alumni Award
2005
Senior Administrative Faculty Fellow
University of Kansas
2004 - 2005
Outstanding Social Work Faculty Recognition
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Alumni Award
2001
Gene and Gretchen Budig Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2000
Excellence in Teaching Award
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
1999
Distinguished Service Award
The Family Mediation Council of Louisiana, Inc
1996
Alumni Teaching Award
Louisiana State University School of Social Work
1993 - 1994
Volunteer of the Year
El Paso County, Colorado Springs, CO
1983 - 1984

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