Victoria Stanhope

Associate Professor; Director, PhD Program
(212) 998-5942

Areas of Expertise

Mental health services; recovery; person-centered care; primary and behavioral healthcare integration; mental health policy


Victoria Stanhope is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program at NYU Silver. Dr. Stanhope’s professional interests are in mental health services research and policy her areas of specialization are recovery, person-centered care, and primary and behavioral healthcare integration. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Stanhope’s primary research focus has been provider-consumer relationships and how they impact the implementation of evidence-based practices, service engagement, and client outcomes. The context for this research has been the mental health recovery movement, which has made service choice, person-centered care, and shared decision  a cornerstone of mental health reform. The aim of her research is to promote meaningful partnerships between providers and the people they serve.  More recently, Dr. Stanhope has focused on the role that organizational factors play in implementing evidence based practices within complex service settings.

Dr. Stanhope’s teaching area is in social welfare policy and research methods. She has taught courses in NYU Silver’s undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. As a clinical social worker, she provided intensive case management services to people with severe mental health problems in a community mental health clinic. Prior to her social work career, Dr. Stanhope had eight years of policy experience working in Washington, DC, as an advocate for school psychologists in the areas of mental health, health care, and diversity issues. She participated in national coalitions of public interest organizations lobbying Congress and the administration on issues related to health care reform, welfare reform, and mental health parity.

Dr. Stanhope earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, her MA in Public Policy from The George Washington University, and her BA from St. Andrews University, Scotland.