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Peter Simonsson, MSW, LCSW

  • Candidate, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2016-2017

Advisor: Dr. Phyllis Solomon

Research Interests

Improving outcomes for people with severe mental illness in the criminal justice system

Service delivery and systems to people with severe mental illness

Intersection between behavioral science and the criminal justice system

Interpersonal violence

Peter Simonsson is a third-year PhD student at SP2. His research centers on the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral sciences, and developing interventions that improves justice outcomes for people with severe mental illness. His primary focus is understanding violence risk factors among people with severe mental illness and reducing the risk for violent and non-violent recidivism. Peter is currently working with his advisor, Dr. Phyllis Solomon, on a project evaluating judicial attitudes and beliefs about mental illness and recovery. Before joining SP2, Peter was the Director of Survivor Services at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. Peter oversaw the clinical treatment, evaluations, and care of 1,000 families annually who suffered trauma from interpersonal violence. Peter has also served as an expert witness in courts testifying about evidence-based clinical services and forensic evaluations of sexually abused children. He received his MSW from NYU and his Bachelor’s degree in practical philosophy from Lund University in Sweden.

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