James A. Swartz

Owner

James is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) where he teaches statistics and research methods to graduate students. He is a clinical psychologist with significant training and experience conducting small and large-scale research and evaluation projects. For example, he completed several major evaluation studies of substance abuse treatment programs, including an evaluation of Project IMPACT, a CSAT-funded drug treatment program at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

He also has expertise evaluating the accuracy of various diagnostic and screening instruments for mental illness and substance abuse. He has consulted with numerous agencies and state government divisions on epidemiological and evaluation research studying service delivery for multiple populations including those in the criminal justice system, persons with mental illness or substance use disorders, and LGBTQ populations coping with HIV/AIDS.

He recently developed an extensive epidemiological report for the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse on the extent of substance use and related problems and gaps in treatment.

He has also consulted with business organizations to develop market research campaigns, analyze company and individual performance indicators, develop client surveys and analyze survey results, and develop a scale for measuring employee engagement.

Education

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
M.A., Behavior Research

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
B.A., Preprofessional Studies

Activities & Affiliations

 American Psychological Association

 Society for Social Work Research

 American Public Health Association

 Center for Scientific Review - ad hod reviewer

Amy Watson

Associate

Amy is a Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on the interface of the mental health and criminal justice systems and factors influencing how individuals with mental illness are processed by these systems. This work includes NIMH funded studies examining police officer attitudes about persons with mental illnesses, the experiences of persons with mental illnesses in police encounters, and the Crisis Intervention Team model of police response.

Additionally, she has conducted funded evaluations of local programs, including the Thresholds’ Forensic Assertive Community Treatment program for persons re-entering the community from the Illinois Department of Corrections and the DuPage County Mental Illness Court Alternative Program (MICAP).

As well as this, she provides consultation to police departments across the country and in Chicago, served on the De-escalation Work Group of the Police Accountability Task Force and currently serves on the Mayor's Mental Health Steering Committee. Dr. Watson also has direct practice experience working in the criminal justice system, specializing in work with offenders with serious mental illnesses. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Watson worked as a Corrections Residence Counselor (IDOC), Probation Officer (DuPage County) and Mitigation Specialist (Illinois Appellate Defenders Office).

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, SSA
Ph.D., Social Work

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, SSA
A.M., Social Work

AURORA UNIVERSITY
B.A., Criminal Justice

Activities & Affiliations

 Society for Social Work Research

 CIT International Research Committee

 NIH Center for Scientific Review - Ad hoc reviewer

Lorrie Rickman-Jones

ASSOCIATE

Lorrie has twenty-five years experience in various executive leadership and management positions in state government and private non-profit and for profit sectors.

For over seven years she was the Director of Mental Health for the Illinois Department of Human Service and also served as an advisor to Governor Pat Quinn. She has conducted numerous diagnostic, clinical, neuropsychological, forensic and competency-based assessments.

Dr. Rickman-Jones is highly skilled in consultation to public and private systems in behavioral healthcare strategy, executive coaching and leadership development, and systems management, monitoring and evaluation.

Education

HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
B.A.,Psychology

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
B.A., Preprofessional Studies

Activities & Affiliations

 Senior policy advisor for Behavioral Health,

Office of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

 Director of Mental Health,

Illinois Department of Human Services

 Senior Research Associate,

Harvard School of Public Health

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jas@evalustat.com

(312) 961-3843

LOCATION

333 N. Jefferson St. #308

Chicago, IL 60661

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday

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