Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bonita Veysey

Professor and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Implementation


Ph.D. (1993) University at Albany


Dr. Veysey’s research focuses primarily on behavioral health and justice issues, including police interactions with persons with mental illnesses; mental health and substance abuse treatment in jails and prisons; diversion and treatment services for youth and adults with behavioral health problems; characteristics of justice-involved girls and women, the effects of early childhood trauma and conditions of confinement; and re-entry and continuity of care issues. Dr. Veysey also works with state and local agencies to evaluate correctional programs and policies, including substance abuse treatment, re-entry and sex offender issues.

Areas of Specialization
Behavioral Health & Corrections
Women & Girls
Evaluation Research

Key Publications
Brady, L, L. Najavits, D. Toussaint, D. Bonavota, & B. Veysey. 2010. Does criminal involvement matter? A study of women with co-occurring disorders in a multisite national trial. Mental Health and Substance Use 3

Veysey, B., J. Grasmere & R. Andersen. 2010. Supporting peer recovery in rural New England: The RECOVER project, Franklin County, MA. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 28

Harris, A., W. Fisher, B. Veysey, L. Ragusa, & A. L. Lurigio. 2010. Sex offending and serious mental illness. Directions for policy and research. Criminal Justice & Behavior 37

Veysey, B., & K. M. Zgoba. 2010. Sex offenses and offenders reconsidered. An investigation of characteristics and correlates over time. Criminal Justice & Behavior 37


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