A renowned sociologist, Stephanie Hartwell conducts both large and small-scale research and evaluation projects focusing on transitions from institutions to the community with emphasis on vulnerable populations, including formerly incarcerated persons released from corrections and victims of gun violence with mental health and substance abuse issues.
She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995 and was an assistant professor of psychiatry at the UConn School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty at UMass Boston, an institution that shares Wayne's State's social justice mission. Hartwell was a professor of sociology at UMass Boston for 21 years and was honored to receive the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching in 2012. She also was an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School. Prior to joining Wayne State, she was interim dean of UMass Boston's College of Public and Community Service and an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts in tandem.
Hartwell, or Steffi as she prefers, is the very proud mother of two lovely daughters and spends a lot of time in ice arenas and on lacrosse pitches cheering them on. She used to love to run, but now she happily jogs alongside her two dogs and cat who manages to trail them and is actually her best dog. Her guilty pleasures include growing flowers, listening to podcasts, lunch hours at the gym, and reading absolutely anything!
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Drugs and society
- Mental health
- Applied sociology
- Environmental justice and disasters
Currently conducting research on the community re-entry of ex-inmates with psychiatric disabilities, jail diversion of veterans with trauma histories, community engagement after homicide, and juvenile delinquents leaving detention and residential treatment.
Hartwell has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and has been awarded approximately $8 million in grants to fund her research. She currently serves on the ROCA evaluation advisory board, in addition to leadership roles with the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the International Academy of Law and Mental Health.
- Ph.D., Sociology, Yale University, 1995
- B.A., Sociology and Art History, Bucknell University, 1990
- Hartwell, Stephanie W., Jeroan Allison, Bonita Jones, Rachel Rodriques, Clementina Chery, Julianna Andrews*, and Carl Fulwiler. 2018. “Feasibility and Acceptability of Mindfulness for Survivors of Homicide and Their Providers.” Explore: Journal of Science and Healing, 14(1)66-75.
- Salem, L., Reichert, E., Siegfriedt, J., Hall, T., & Hartwell, S. W. 2017. Boston Offender Needs Delivery Project. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 0306624X17741807.
- Hartwell, Stephanie W., William Fisher, Xiaogang Deng, Debra Pinals, and Julianne Siegfriedt. 2016. “Intensity of Offending Following State Prison Release Among Persons Treated for Mental Health Problems While Incarcerated.” Psychiatric Services. Vol. 67 (#11): 49-54.
- Stainbrook, Kristen, Stephanie W. Hartwell and Amy James. 2016. “Female Veterans in Jail Diversion Programs: Differences From and Similarities to their Male Peers.” Psychiatric Services. Volume 67(1): 133-136.
- Hartwell, Stephanie W., Amy James, Jie Chen, Debra A. Pinals, Martha C. Marin, and David Smelson. 2014. “Trauma Among Justice Involved Veterans.” Professional Psychology, Research and Practice. Volume 45 (6): 425-432.
- Fisher, William, Stephanie W. Hartwell, Xiaogang Deng, Carl Fulwiler, Debra A Pinals, Kristen Roy-Bujnowski. 2014. Recidivism among Released State Prison Inmates Who Received Mental Health Treatment While Incarcerated. Crime and Delinquency. Volume 60 (6): 811-832.
- Hartwell, Stephanie W., Xiaogang Deng, William Fisher, Julianne Siegfriedt, Kristen Roy-Bujnowski, Craig Johnson, and Carl Fulwiler. 2013. “Predictors of Accessing Substance Abuse Services Among Individuals with Mental Disorders Released from Correctional Custody,” Journal of Dual Diagnosis. Volume 9(1): 11-22.
- Hartwell, Stephanie W., Xiaogang Deng, William Fisher, Carl Fulwiler, Usha Sambamoorthi, Craig Johnson, Debra Pinals, Lisa Sampson, and Julianne Siegfriedt. 2012. “Harmonizing Databases? Using a Quasi-Experimental Design to Evaluate a Public Mental Health Re-entry Program.” Evaluation and Program Planning. Volume 35(1): 461-472.
- Hartwell, Stephanie, Robert McMackin, Robert Tansi, and Nozomi Bartlett. 2010. “I Grew Up Too Fast For My Age: Post Discharge Issues and Experiences of Male Juvenile Offenders.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Vol. 49:495-515.
- Hartwell, Stephanie and Laura Watts. 2010. “The Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project: A Framework for Replication and Development.” International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Vol 15(1) 17-22.