Stacey L. Barrenger
Assistant Professor; McSilver Faculty Fellow
PhD, AM, BA
Areas of Expertise: Mental health services; intersection of mental illness and other social problems (criminal justice involvement, substance use, housing, education, and poverty); dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments; mixed methods research
Stacey Barrenger is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. As a mental health services researcher, Dr. Barrenger’s work examines the intersection between the mental health system and other social problems: criminal justice involvement, homelessness, substance use, social exclusion, and poverty. She is also interested in implementation research that considers the community or structural factors that can impact the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments in high-risk environments. She received an individual NRSA predoctoral training grant from the Nationaln Institute of Mental Health in support of this research.
Dr. Barrenger’s current research focus is community reentry from jail and prison, and she is working towards developing a multilevel intervention that addresses the social-structural production of risk for recidivism among men with mental illnesses leaving prison, along with supporting recovery and desistance pathways in individuals, and the role of peer specialists in helping individuals towards community integration. Current research projects to support eventual intervention development include examining incarceration healthcare experiences; understanding the role of hope, self-efficacy, and identity in the processes of recovery and desistance; and using critical participatory methods to examine the role of education and gentrification in the lives of returning citizens.
Dr. Barrenger’s teaching areas include social determinants of health, human behavior in the social environment, qualitative research methods, and policy. She is committed to integrating criminal justice content into social work curriculum as increasingly social workers come into contact with individuals who have been impacted by mass incarceration.
Prior to NYU Silver, Dr. Barrenger worked in a community mental health center in Chicago where she supervised two Assertive Community Treatment Teams, developed a program to transition individuals from the state psychiatric hospital to the community, and worked on initiatives to increase communication between Cook County Jail and local mental health providers. These experiences in public mental health inform her current research agenda.
Dr. Barrenger received her PhD in Social Welfare from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned an AM (MSW equivalent) from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a BA ininterdisciplinary studies in social science and psychology from Michigan State University.
A systematic review of interventions for older adults living in jails and prisons
Canada, K. E., Barrenger, S. L., Robinson, E. L., Washington, K. T. & Mills, T., Jul 2 2020, In : Aging and Mental Health. 24, 7, p. 1019-1027 9 p.
Mental health recovery: Peer specialists with mental health and incarceration experiences
Barrenger, S. L., Maurer, K., Moore, K. L. & Hong, I., 2020, In : American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 90, 4, p. 479-488 10 p.
Capturing the value of peer support: measuring recovery-oriented services
Barrenger, S. L., Stanhope, V. & Miller, E., Sep 5 2019, In : Journal of Public Mental Health. 18, 3, p. 180-187 8 p.
Bridging mental health and criminal justice systems: A systematic review of the impact of mental health courts on individuals and communities
Canada, K., Barrenger, S. & Ray, B., May 2019, In : Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 25, 2, p. 73-91 19 p.
Facilitating community connections among people with mental illnesses: Perspectives from grassroots community leaders
Bromage, B., Barrenger, S. L., Clayton, A., Rowe, M., Williamson, B., Benedict, P. & Kriegel, L. S., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 47, 3, p. 663-678 16 p.
Enacting lived experiences: Peer specialists with criminal justice histories
Barrenger, S. L., Hamovitch, E. K. & Rothman, M. R., 2019, In : Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. 49, 1, p. 9-16 8 p.
Facilitating community connections among persons with mental illnesses: Perspectives from grassroots community leaders
Bromage, B., Barrenger, S. L., Clayton, A., Rowe, M., Williamson, B. & Kriegel, L.S., 2019, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 47, 3, p. 663-678
Challenging Dominant Discourses: Peer Work as Social Justice Work
Barrenger, S. L., Stanhope, V. & Atterbury, K., Sep 2 2018, In : Journal of Progressive Human Services. 29, 3, p. 185-205 21 p.
The evolution of health care policy.
Manuel, J. I. & Barrenger, S. L., 2018. Social work and integrated health care: From policy to practice and back. . New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Recidivism, hospitalization, and the role of housing and support
Kelly, B. L., Barrenger, S. L., Watson, A. C. & Angell, B., Sep 3 2017, In : Social Work in Mental Health. 15, 5, p. 567-587 21 p.
Development of the citizens measure into a tool to guide clinical practice and its utility for case managers
Bellamy, C. D., Kriegel, L., Barrenger, S., Klimczak, M., Rakfeldt, J., Benson, V., Baker, M., Benedict, P., Williamson, B. & MacIntyre, G., Jul 3 2017, In : American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 20, 3, p. 268-281 14 p.
Community Participation Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses Leaving Jail
Blank Wilson, A., Barrenger, S. L., Brusilovskiy, E., Draine, J. & Salzer, M. S., Jun 2017, In : Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health. 4, 1, p. 45–51
A comparison of how behavioral health organizations utilize training to prepare for health care reform
Stanhope, V., Choy-Brown, M., Barrenger, S., Manuel, J., Mercado, M., McKay, M. & Marcus, S. C., Feb 14 2017, In : Implementation Science. 12, 1, 19.
Reincarceration Risk Among Men with Mental Illnesses Leaving Prison: A Risk Environment Analysis
Barrenger, S. L., Draine, J., Angell, B. & Herman, D., 2017, In : Community mental health journal. 53, 8, p. 883-892 10 p.
Role of context, resources, and target population in the fidelity of critical time intervention
Barrenger, S. L., Kriegel, L. S., Angell, B. & Draine, J., Jan 1 2016, In : Psychiatric Services. 67, 1, p. 115-118 4 p.
Discursive Processes Creating Team Culture and Recovery Orientation among Housing First Providers
Barrenger, S. L., Stanhope, V. & Atterbury, K., Jul 3 2015, In : American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 18, 3, p. 247-264 18 p.
Role of context, resources, and target population in fidelity of Critical Time Intervention
Barrenger, S., Kriegel, L., Angell, B. & Draine, J., 2015, In : Psychiatric Services..
Engagement processes in model programs for community reentry from prison for people with serious mental illness
Angell, B., Matthews, E., Barrenger, S., Watson, A. C. & Draine, J., Sep 2014, In : International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 37, 5, p. 490-500 11 p.
Examining the impact of mental illness and substance use on time till re-incarceration in a county jail
Blank Wilson, A., Draine, J., Barrenger, S., Hadley, T. & Evans, A., May 2014, In : Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 41, 3, p. 293-301 9 p.
Mental illness along the criminal justice continuum
Barrenger, S. & Canada, K., 2014, In : Journal of Forensic Social Work. 4, 2, p. 123-149
Examining the relationship between choice, therapeutic alliance and outcomes in mental health services
Stanhope, V., Barrenger, S. L., Salzer, M. S. & Marcus, S. C., Sep 2013, In : Journal of Personalized Medicine. 3, 3, p. 191-202 12 p.
"You don't get no help": The role of community context in effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for people with mental illness leaving prison for high risk environments
Barrenger, S. L. & Draine, J., Apr 1 2013, In : American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. 16, 2, p. 154-178 25 p.
Balancing accessibility and selectivity in 21st century public mental health services: Implications for hard to engage clients
Wilson, A. B., Barrenger, S., Bohrman, C. & Draine, J., Apr 2013, In : Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 40, 2, p. 191-206 16 p.
Bohrman, C. & Barrenger, S. (2018, August). Structural barriers to critical participatory action research with returning citizens. To be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Philadelphia, PA.
Barrenger, S. (2018, January). Recovery and desistance: Two sides of the same coin? Presented at the Annual Conference for the Society of Social Work Research, Washington DC.
Blank Wilson, A., Barrenger, S., Givens, A., Tomar, N., & Draine, J. (2018, January). How the service needs priorities of people with mental illness shape community reintegration after release from jail. Presented at the Annual Conference for the Society of Social Work Research, Washington DC.
Givens, A., Blank Wilson, A., Barrenger, S., & Tomar, N. (2018, January). Promoting desistance by strengthening social and human capital for justice involved people with mental illness. Presented at the Annual Conference for the Society of Social Work Research, Washington DC.
Barrenger, S. (2017, November). Understanding pathways to desistance for offenders with mental illness. Presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of The American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.
Barrenger, S. (2017, July). Forging new identities in the process of desistance. Presented at the 35th Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Prague, CZ.
Barrenger, S. (2017, July). Illness and turning points among the formerly incarcerated. Presented at the 35th Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Prague, CZ.