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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


Linda Teplin 

Linda A. Teplin

Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, where she is also the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Program in Health Disparities and Public Policy (formerly entitled “Psycho-Legal Studies Program”). She has done empirical studies on the criminalization of the mentally ill, epidemiologic characteristics of jail detainees and correlates of violence. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, she has focused on special populations seldom examined in prior studies. She conducted the first large scale epidemiologic studies of psychiatric disorders in incarcerated females and males, examining adults (1983-1995) and juveniles (1995-present). Other studies have addressed criminalization of the mentally ill, correlates of violence, patterns of crime victimization, health service utilization and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. In addition to publishing papers in widely-disseminated professional journals, her work has been cited in reports of the Surgeon General, used in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, presented in congressional hearings, and widely disseminated by federal agencies and advocacy groups. Her honors include the Young Scientist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (1990), the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1995) and the American Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy" (1992). Teplin is currently conducting the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large scale longitudinal study of health needs and outcomes of juvenile detainees. In this study, her team tracks and re-interviews 1829 youth who were initially arrested and detained between 1995 and 1998. Published papers have addressed a variety of topics: psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, health services, death rates, child maltreatment, trauma, suicidal ideation, functional impairment, and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. Her research group is currently focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, comorbid psychiatric disorders and HIV/AIDS. Teplin received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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