Henry J. Steadman, PhD


Henry J. Steadman, PhD, President of PRA, is internationally known for his research in the areas of interfacing behavioral health and criminal justice systems and violence among people with mental disorders.
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His work has resulted in over 150 journal articles in a wide range of professional publications, numerous reports, 20 book chapters, and 8 books, including Rethinking Risk Assessment (2001), Violence and Mental Disorder (1994), and Before and After Hinckley (1993).

Prior to co-founding PRA in 1987, Dr. Steadman directed a nationally known research bureau at the New York State Office of Mental Health for 17 years. He received his BA and MA in Sociology from Boston College, and his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Steadman has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career, including:

  • Distinguished Public Service Award from the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (2012)
  • Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association (2011)
  • William Foote Whyte Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology (2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2007)
  • Carl A. Taube Award for Outstanding Contributions in Mental Health Services Research from the American Public Health Association (2005)
  • the Issac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association (1999)
  • the Saleem A. Shah Award from the State Mental Health Forensic Directors (1994)
  • the Philippe Pinel Award from the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (1988)
  • the Amicus Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (1987)

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