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Linda Teplin

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Program in Health Disparities and Public Policy
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Sociology, School of Education and Social Policy
Professor, Institute for Policy Research

About

Areas of Focus

  • Mental health needs and outcomes of correctional populations
  • Consequences of incarceration
  • Consequences of deinstitutionalization
  • Correlates of violence, including firearm violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Public health policy

Work/Research

  • Psychiatric disorders in correctional populations
  • Long-term outcomes of correctional populations (adult and juvenile)
  • Long-term consequences of incarceration
  • Psychiatric disorders and violence
  • Criminalization of the mentally ill
  • Firearm violence and homicide
  • HIV/AIDs risk behaviors
  • Youth resilience in the face of a parent's incarceration

Career

For more than 30 years, Teplin has conducted the first large-scale longitudinal studies of mental health needs and outcomes of incarcerated populations. Teplin is currently conducting the Northwestern Juvenile Project: Next Generation, a 20-year longitudinal study of youth after detention and their children. 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.