Leon Sawh

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  • 30200 Research and Evaluation

Job experience

  • Associate, Division of Health and Environment, Abt Associates

  •  Research Manager, Smart Decarceration Project, Crown Family School

  •  Senior Manager, Behavioral Health Integration, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

  •  Program Analyst, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

  •  Senior Project Director, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Fields of Special Interest

  • Smart Decarceration

  •  Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

  •  Housing and Homelessness

Publications or presentations (last 3 years)

  •  Bocanegra, K., Epperson, M.W., & Sawh, L. (under journal review). How Social Capacity Can Address Behavioral Health Needs and Reduce Criminal Justice Involvement: An Exploratory Study.

  •  Epperson, M.W., McHarris, M., Ulrich, B., & Sawh, L. (Under Review). The Box in Social Work Education: Prevalence and Correlates of Criminal History Questions on MSW Applications.

  •  Epperson, M.W., Sawh, L., & Sarantakos, S.P. (2020). Building a Therapeutic Relationship Between Probation Officers and Probationers with Serious Mental Illnesses. CNS Spectrums, epub ahead of print. 

  •  Smelson, D., Farquhar, I., Fisher, W., Pressman, K., Pinals, D.A., Samek, B., Duffy, M.K., & Sawh, L. (2019). Integrating a Co-occurring Disorders Intervention in Drug Courts: An Open Pilot Trial. Community Mental Health Journal, 55(2), 222-231.

  •  Sawh, L. & Epperson, M.W. (2019, March). Comparing the Effectiveness of Three Court-based Approaches for Supervising Probationers with Serious Mental Illnesses. Paper presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, MD. 

  •  Epperson, M.W., Pettus-Davis, C., Grier, A., & Sawh, L. (2018). Promote Smart Decarceration. In: R. Fong, J. Lubben, R. Barth (Eds.) Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society (pp 181-203). New York: Oxford University Press.

  •  Sawh, L. & Epperson, M.W. (2018, November). Effects of Specialized Mental Health Probation: Program Completion and Recidivism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia. 

  •  Sawh, L. & Smelson, D. (2017). Outreach and engagement for clients experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. In: W. O'Donohue, L. James, C. Snipes (Eds.) Practical Strategies and Tools to Promote Treatment Engagement (pp 133-150). New York: Springer.