Center on Race and Social Problems

Christina Newhill, Ph.D.

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University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
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Christina E. Newhill earned a PhD in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University; and a BA in sociology from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Newhill chairs the Direct Practice Concentration in the MSW program, serves as Coordinator for the Mental Health Certificate, and teaches in the MSW and Ph.D. programs. In 2008, she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Pitt’s highest teaching honor. Professor Newhill’s primary research interests are community mental health services, the treatment of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, and the assessment of violent behavior; she is the principal investigator on several research studies focusing on violent behavior and risk assessment and is currently examining the relationship of borderline personality disorder, emotion-regulation problems, and violent behavior. Newhill has more than 10 years of community mental health practice experience, primarily in psychiatric emergency and inpatient settings. She has conducted training workshops on client violence and social worker safety at the local, state, and national levels for many years and authored “Client Violence in Social Work Practice: Prevention, Intervention and Research”, published in 2003 by Guilford Press and recently translated into Chinese and Korean. She is currently working on two books, the first addresses clinical social work practice with individuals with serious mental illness and their families, and the second book addresses knowledge, theory, values and skills in direct social work practice. Professor Newhill is a licensed clinical social worker in California and Pennsylvania.