Nancy Wolff

Nancy Wolff, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research
B.A., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University


Contact Information

176 Ryders Lane

Phone (732) 932-6635

Fax (732) 932-1233



Research Interests

  • Health economics
  • Public finance
  • Criminal justice




Publications and Activities

  • Wolff, N., & Shi, J. Contextualization of Physical and Sexual Assault in Male Prisons: The Incidents and Their Aftermath. Journal of Correctional Health Care; 2009, 15(1), 58-77.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J., & Siegel, J. Understanding Physical Victimization inside Prisons: Factors that Predict Risk. Justice Quarterly, 2009, 26(3), 445-475.
  • Wolff, N., & Shi, J.  Feelings of Safety inside Prison among Male Inmates with Different Victimization Experiences, Violence and Victims, forthcoming.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J. Type, source, and patterns of physical victimization: A comparison of male and female inmate, The Prison Journal, 2009, 89(2), 172-191.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J. Victimization and feelings of safety among male and female inmates with behavioral health problems, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 2009, 20(S1), 56-77.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J. Feelings of safety among Male Inmates: The safety paradox, Criminal Justice Review, 2009, 34(3), 404-427.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J., & Blitz, C. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Types and Sources of Victimization Inside Prison. The Prison Journal, 2008; 88(4), 451-472.
  • Blitz, C., Wolff, N., & Shi, J. Physical Victimization in Prison: The Role of Mental Illness. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 2008, 31(5), 385-393.
  • Gerardi, D., & Wolff, N. Working Together: A Corrections-Academic Partnership that Works. Equal Opportunities International, 2008; 27(2): 148-160.
  • Wolff, N., & Shi, J. Patterns of Victimization and Feelings of Safety Inside Prison: The Experience of Male and Female Inmates. Crime and Delinquency, Jul 20, 2008; DOI:10.1177/0011128708321370.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J., & Bachman, R. Measuring Victimization inside Prison: Questioning the Questions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2008; 23, 1343-1362.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J., & Siegel, J. Patterns of Victimization among Male and Female Inmates: Evidence of an Enduring Legacy. Violence and Victims, 2009, 24(4), 469-484.
  • Wolff N. Understanding the Reentry Needs of and Building Reentry Programs for Incarcerated Women with Mental Illness. In Gido, R (Ed.) The Mental Health Needs of Women in the Criminal Justice System 2007. Prentice Hall, forthcoming.
  • Wolff, N, Law and Disorder: The Case Against Diminished Responsibility. Forthcoming peer-reviewed publication (with reply) to be published by the National Institute of Corrections and the International Community Corrections Council.
  • Meloy, M., Shaleh, Y., Wolff, N. Sex offender laws in America: Can panic-driven legislation ever create safer societies? Criminal Justice Studies, 2007; 20(3 or 4):XXX.
  • Perlick, DA, Miklowitz DJ, Link BG, Struening E, Kaczynski R, Gonzalez J, Manning LN, Wolff N, Rosenheck RA. Association of perceived stigma and depressive symptoms among family caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2007; 190:535-536.
  • Wolff, N., Gerardi, D. Building evidence on best practice through corrections-academic partnerships: Getting to successful practice. Crime and Justice International, 2007; May/June:13-22.
  • Wolff, N., Shi, J., Blitz, C., Siegel, J. Understanding sexual victimization inside prisons: Factors that predict risk. Criminology & Public Policy, 2007; 6(3):201-231.
  • Morse G, Calsyn R, Klinkenberg D, Helminiak TW, Wolff N, Yonker R, Drake, R, Lama G, Lemming M, McCudden S. Treating Homeless Clients with Severe Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders: Costs and Outcomes. Community Mental Health Journal, forthcoming.
  • Fisher, WH, Roy-Bujnowski, K, Grudzinskas, AJ, Clayfield, J, Banks, SM, Wolff, N. Arrest in a Mental Health Service Use Cohort, Psychiatric Services, forthcoming.
  • Wolff N, The Social Construction of the Cost of Mental Illness, Evidence & Policy, 3(1) 67-78, 2007.
  • Blitz, C., Wolff, N., Women and Prison: Does Prison Improve Their Access to Behavioral Health Treatment? Psychiatric Services. 57:356-360, 2006.
  • Wolff, N. and Clark, R. Money, Innovation, and Access: The Mental Health System in Motion. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 28(5):457-466, 2006.
  • Fisher W, Silver, E. and Wolff N. Beyond “Criminalization”: Developing a Criminologically-Informed Framework for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Administration and Policy in Mental/Mental Health Services Research. 2006; 33(5): 544 – 557.
  • Wolff N, Perlick DA, Kaczynski R, Miklowitz DJ and others. Modeling and Measuring the Costs of Informal Caregiving for Persons with Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2006; 9:99-110.
  • Wolff N, Blitz CL, Shi J, Bachman R, Siegel J. Sexual Violence inside Prison: Rates of Victimization. Journal of Urban Health, 2006; 83 (5): 835-848.
  • Wolff, N., and Clark R. (eds) The Economics of Access to Mental Health Treatment, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 28(5), 2006.
  • Draine, J, Wolff, N, Jacoby, JE, Hartwell, S, Duclos, C. Understanding Community Reentry of Former Prisoners with Mental Illness: A Conceptual Model to Guide New Research. Behavioral Services and the Law 2005; 23: 689-707.
  • Pogorzelski, W, Wolff, N, Pan, K, Blitz, C. Are Second Chances Possible? The Reality of Public Policy on Reentry for Ex-offenders with Behavioral Health Problems. American Journal of Public Health 2005; 95(10): 1718-1724.
  • Wolff N, Pogorzelski, W. Measuring the Effectiveness of Mental Health Courts: Challenges and Recommendations. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11(4): 539-569, 2005.



Nancy Wolff, Ph.D. (Rutgers University), an economist, is a professor in the EJ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the director of the Program in Public Policy. Over the past ten years, her research has increasingly focused on the interactions between the mental health and criminal justice systems, and the public policies that influence those interactions. Her most recent research explores violence inside prison and community reentry with emphasis on the impact of community setting and social and policy dynamics on successful community integration. Her research has included costing a jail day, a court trial, as well as an arrest. She has research has focused all parts of the criminal justice system, including police departments, jails, prisons, parole/probation offices, and courts. In 1998, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy to study the management of mentally disordered offenders in the United Kingdom. She currently directs an NIMH-funded Center for Mental Health Services & Criminal Justice Research and a post-doctoral training program on behavioral health and criminal justice research. Since 2004, she has been the editor of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)