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Kubiak, Sheryl, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Social Work

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Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, PhD. is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan’s joint program in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She was a NIMH pre-doctoral fellow in gender and mental health. Her research interests are at the intersections of criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse – encompassing both individual as well as system-level issues. She joined the faculty at MSU in the fall of 2006 after four years as Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. She is currently a full professor in the School of Social Work and former Director of PhD Program. Sheryl was also appointed by the government to serve on the state-level Criminal Justice Policy Commission in 2015 where she will represent the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Dr. Kubiak is committed to the physical and psychological well being of those involved in the criminal justice system, particularly women, and has extensive practice, policy and research experience in this area. Some of her research projects include the implications of cumulative stress, PTSD and depression among women convicted of drug offenses; the impact of welfare reform on those with drug convictions; and the effects of PTSD on incarcerated men and women. In addition she has examined gender differences and similarities in physical and mental health outcomes between men and women exposed to cumulative violence. Current research includes testing gender-specific and trauma informed interventions for incarcerated women; assessing the relationship between victimization and perpetration of aggression toward partners and others; evaluating the implementation of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards across Michigan’s prisons and assessing outcomes associated with mental health courts statewide.

In 2011, Kubiak, and Center Director Cris Sullivan, co-authored the ‘Best practices toolkit for working with domestic violence survivors with criminal histories’ in collaboration with the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) through a Health and Human Services Family Violence Prevention Discretionary Grants. The toolkit is available free for charge and has been the subject of multiple webinars and national presentations.

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  • Kubiak, S., Fedock, G., Tillander, E., Kim, W.J., & Bybee, D. (in press). Assessing the feasibility of an intervention for women with assaultive offenses. Evaluation and Program Planning.
  • Fedock, G., Fries, L. & Kubiak, S.P. (in press). Service needs for incarcerated adults: Exploring gender differences for social work practice. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
  • Kubiak, S.P., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G. & Bybee, D. (2013). Assessing differences among incarcerated women with assaultive offenses: Isolated versus patterned use of violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 28:2462-2490. DOI: 10.1177/0886260513479034
  • Kubiak, S., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G., Bybee, D. (2012). Assessing short-term outcomes of an intervention for women convicted of violent offenses. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research; 3(3);197-212. DOI:10.5243/jsswr.2012.13.
  • Kubiak, S.P., Beeble, M. & Bybee, D. (2012). Comparing the validity of the K6 when assessing depression, anxiety and PTSD among male and female jail detainees. Journal of Offender Treatment and Comparative Criminology; 58; 1220-1238.
  • Kubiak, SP, Nnawulezi, N., Karim, N. Sullivan, C.M., & Beeble, M. (2012). Examining disclosure of physical and sexual victimization by method in samples of women involved in the criminal justice system. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation; 51 (3), 161-175.
  • Kubiak, S.P., Kasiborski, N., Karim, N. & Schmittel, E. (2012). Does subsequent criminal justice involvement predict foster care and termination of parental rights for children born to incarcerated women? Social Work in Public Health. 27; 129-147. doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2012.629888.
  • Kubiak, SP, Zeoli, A, Essenmacher, L. & Hanna .J. (2011). Transitions between jail and Community Based Treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric Services, 62; 679.

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