Chatham University

Social Work Faculty and Staff

Christine Sarteschi

csarteschi@chatham.edu
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Criminology
Hometown : Pittsburgh
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Mental health courts; schizophrenia; incarceration of those with serious mental illness; mentally ill offenders; women and youth offenders; research synthesis and meta-analysis; mass murder and homicidal ideation

Biography

Dr. Christine M. Sarteschi, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Dr. Sarteschi holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, has approximately 10 years of post-master's clinical social work experience and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania. She teaches courses in behavioral science that cover a wide range of topics including: human behavior, juvenile justice, mental illness and crime, cold case research, problem solving courts, mass murder, and violent and predatory offenders. She is a Consulting Committee member of The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), an "elite" organization of professional investigators whose sole mission is to "actively assist law enforcement, criminal justice and legal professionals in the development of cold case investigations..." Dr. Sarteschi's specialties include: the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems, mental health courts, involuntary hospitalization, severe mental illnesses, homicidal ideation and is actively working to develop intervention strategies to prevent mass violence. Her research has appeared in The British Journal of Social Work, Research on Social Work Practice, the Journal of Forensic Social Work, the Journal of Criminal Justice, among others. Dr. Sarteschi also has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation as well as several journals including: Criminal Justice and Behavior, The Sociological Quarterly, The Journal of Forensic Social Work, Victims & Offenders, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and others.

Education

  • PhD Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • BSW (2001) and MSW (2003) University of Pittsburgh

Publications

  • Sarteschi, C.M. (2014). Randomized controlled trials of psychopharmcological interventions of children and adolescents with conduct disorder: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11 (4), 350-359. doi: 10.1080/10911359.2014.897105
  • Sarteschi, C.M. “Hospitals for the Criminally Insane.” (2014). In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, edited by Andrew Scull and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Sarteschi, C.M. “Dementia Praecox.” (2014). In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, edited by Andrew Scull and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Sarteschi, C.M. “Commitment Laws.” (2014). In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness, edited by Andrew Scull and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Sarteschi, C.M., & Vaughn, M.G. (2013). Recent developments in mental health courts: What have we learned? Journal of Forensic Social Work, 3, 34-55. doi: 10.1080/1936928X.2013.837416
  • Sarteschi, C.M. (2013). Mentally ill offenders involved in the United States criminal justice system: A synthesis. SAGE Open. doi: 10.1177/2158242013497029
  • Maynard, B.R., Peters, K. E., Vaughn, M.G. & Sarteschi, C.M. (2013). Intervention fidelity in after school intervention research: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 23. doi: 10.1177/1049731513491150
  • Maynard, B. R., Vaughn, M. G., & Sarteschi, C. M. (2012). Social work dissertation research: Contributing to scholarly discourse or the file drawer? The British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcs123
  • Maynard, B. R., Vaughn, M. G., & Sarteschi, C. M. (2012). The Empirical Status of Social Work Dissertation Research: Characteristics, Trends, and Implications for the Field. The British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/BCS123
  • Sarteschi, C.M., Vaughn, M.G., & Kim, K. (2011). Assessing the effectiveness of mental health courts: A quantitative analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39, 12-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2010.11.003
  • Bender, K., Tripodi, S., Sarteschi, C.M. & Vaughn, M.G. (2011). A meta-analysis of interventions to reduce adolescent cannabis use. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 153-164. doi: doi:10.1177/1049731510380226
  • Sarteschi, C.M., & Vaughn, M.G. (2010). Double jeopardy: A review of mental health and substance abuse characteristics in women offenders. Victims & Offenders, 5, 161-182. doi: 10.1080/15564881003640728
  • Bender, K., Tripodi, S., Litschge (Sarteschi), C.M. & Vaughn, M.G. (2010). Reducing alcohol use: A meta-analytic review of interventions for adolescent alcohol abusers. The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 85-91. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.235
  • Litschge, (Sarteschi), C.M., Vaughn, M.G., McCrea, C. (2010). The empirical status of treatment for children and youth with conduct problems: A review of meta-analytic studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 21-35. doi: 10.1177/1049731508331247
  • Litschge, (Sarteschi), C. M., & Vaughn, M.G. (2009). The mentally ill offender treatment and crime reduction act of 2004: Problems and prospects. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 20, 542-558. doi: 10.1080/14789940802434675
  • Shook, J. J., Vaughn M.G., Litschge, (Sarteschi), C.; Kolivoski, K., & Schelbe, L. (2009). The importance of friends among foster youth aging out of care: Cluster profiles of deviant peer affiliations. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 284-291. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.07.024
  • Vaughn, M. G., Litschge, (Sarteschi), C. M., DeLisi, M., Beaver, K. M., & McMillen, J. C. (2008). Psychopathic personality features and risks for criminal justice system involvement among emancipating foster youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 1101-1110. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.02.001
  • Vaughn, M.G., Newhill, C.E., & Litschge, (Sarteschi), C.M. (2008). Cluster profiles of residentially incarcerated adolescent females: Violence and clinical mental health characteristics. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 24, 35-53. doi: 10.1080/08865710802146770
  • Rotondi, A.J., Sinkule, J., Haas, G.L. Spring, M.B., (Sarteschi), Litschge, C.M., Newhill, C.E., Ganguli, R., & Anderson, C.A. (2007). Designing websites for persons with cognitive deficits: Design and usability of a psychoeducational intervention for persons with severe mental illness. Psychological Services, 4, 202-224. doi: 10.1037/1541-1559.4.3.202
  • Litschge, (Sarteschi), C.M., Greeno, C.G., Anderson, C.M., & Newhill, C.E. (2005). Weight gain information on the Internet for people who have schizophrenia. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 28, 387-390. doi: 10.2975/28.2005.387.390

Certifications

  • LCSW Pennsylvania

Organizations

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)

Presentations

  • Peters, K.E., Maynard, B.R., Vaughn, M.G., & Sarteschi, C.M. (2014). Are after-school programs effective? A systematic review and meta-analysis of after-school programs. Paper to be presented at the 18th annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. January 2014, San Antonio, TX
  • Tripodi, S. J., Bender, K., Litschge, (Sarteschi) C. M., & Vaughn, M. G. (2010). Reducing alcohol use among adolescent substance abusers: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the 14th annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 13th – 17th, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  • Bender, K., Tripodi, S. J., Litschge, (Sarteschi) C. M., & Vaughn, M. G. (2010). Reducing Marijuana use among adolescent substance abusers: A meta-analytic review. Paper presented at the 14th annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 13th – 17th, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  • Vaughn, M. G., Litschge, (Sarteschi) C. M., & McCrae, C. (2010). The empirical status of interventions for antisocial youth: A review of meta-analyses. Paper presented at the 14th annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 13th – 17th, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  • Heo, G., Litschge, (Sarteschi) C.M., & Masalehda, A. Women in social work academia: History, current status, pro and cons and ways to navigate the tenure process. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) October 27-30, 2007