Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bonita Veysey

Acting Dean & Professor


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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