Marjorie Rock, MSW, DrPH
Dr. Rock teaches in the Social Policy and Research sequences. Dr. Rock's research interests focus on the interface between mental health services and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. She is concerned about how mental health and substance abuse services are provided to adults, adolescents and children who are increasingly involved in the juvenile and/or criminal justice system. She has also done research in the area of working with victims of perpetrators with a mental illness.
Dr. Rock is the Co-Principle Investigator of a study (with Dr. Landsberg) funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to determine whether jail diversion programs in New York City work for persons with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. The study was part of a nine-site national study to determine whether jail diversion for this population is effective and can serve as policy direction. Dr. Rock also co-directed a federal Office for Victims of Crime study to determine what happens to people who have been victimized by mentally-ill offenders and to offer recommendations for practice. In addition, Dr. Rock is working on a study funded by the Glass Center at the School to determine whether mentoring adolescents who have been incarcerated can improve their quality of life in the community.
Dr. Rock is responsible for the Forensic Mental Health Certificate Training Program, a continuing education program for professionals in the mental health, substance abuse, criminal and juvenile justice systems. This program is part of the School's Institute Against Violence. She has also played a key role in the development of regional, national and international conferences about Forensic Mental Health Issues.
Dr. Rock has spent more than 25 years in the public mental health sector. She served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services for eight years. In that capacity, she developed a mental health training program for the New York City Police Department's Emergency Services Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team. Prior to that she spent many years in the community mental health system as a social worker, supervisor, program developer and administrator.
- Edited Book: Serving Mentally Ill Offenders: Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals, G. Landsberg, M. Rock, L. Berg & A. Smiley (Eds.) 2002, New York: Springer
- Book Chapters: "A Model Police-Mental Health Training Program," in Serving Mentally Ill Offenders: Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals
- "An Overview of Forensic Social Work and Risk Assessments with the Dually Diagnosed (2002). (In Roberts, A.R. & Greene, G. J. (Eds.) Social Workers' Desk Reference. New York: Oxford University Press
- "The Forensic Mental Health Certificate Training Program (2001). In Landsberg, G. & Smiley, A. (Eds.) Forensic Mental Health: Working with Offenders with Mental Illness. New York: Civic Research Institute
- Article: Emerging issues with mentally ill offenders: Causes and social consequences. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 28 (3), January, 2001