Stephanie Gangemi is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program in the UCCS School of Public Affairs. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado. She holds her Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work (2008) and her Bachelor of Arts from Wagner College (2006). She also holds a PhD from Smith College School of Social Work.
Stephanie brings over a decade of social work practice experience as well as academic teaching experience. She worked for over 10 years in correctional mental health at Riker's Island as well as serving as the Director of Mental Health at the El Paso County Jail. She has taught social work courses at Smith College, Newman University, Pikes Peak Community College and Wagner College and was the Coordinator of Field Education at Newman University.
Stephanie’s clinical practice has included work with incarcerated people with severe and persistent mental illness, the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders as well as suicide risk assessment and treatment. Her research is on the training and experience of staff members in jail and prison. Stephanie was also the 2018, first-place winner of the international, Seidenberg Paper Prize on proposed solutions to issues between guards and inmates.
Areas of Interest
- Forensic social work
- Psychodynamic social work practice
- Incarceration and mental illness
- Personality disorders
- Suicide prevention
- Trauma in correctional staff members
- Training of the correctional workforce