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Leon Sawh Doctoral Student


Leon Sawh is a doctoral student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program. He currently works as Project Manager for the Smart Decarceration Initiative, based at the University of Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, he held research and management positions with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, the VA's National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Leon's research interests include alternatives to incarceration and the development and implementation of wraparound support interventions for individuals with co-occurring disorders and criminal justice involvement. His work has been published in Criminal Justice Policy Review, Implementation Science and Medical Care. Leon received his MPH in Behavioral Sciences from Emory University and a BS in Psychology from Florida State University.

Selected publications:

Smelson, D., Pinals, D., Sawh, L., Fulwiler, C., Singer, S., Fisher, W., Hartwell, S., & Steadman, H. (Accepted for Publication). An Alternative to Incarceration: Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Intervention for Justice-Involved Veterans. World Medical & Health Policy.

Finlay, A. K., Binswanger, I. A., Smelson, D., Sawh, L., McGuire, J., Rosenthal, J., Blue-Howells, J., Timko, C., Blodgett, J. C., Harris, A. H. S., Asch, S. M., & Frayne, S. (2015). Gender differences in mental health and substance use disorders and treatment entry among justice-involved veterans in the Veterans Health Administration. Medical Care, 53(4 Suppl 1), S105-11.

McInnes, D.K., Sawh, L., Petrakis, B.A., Rao, S., Shimada, S.L., Gifford, A.L., Eyrich-Garg, K.M., Anaya, H.D., Kane, V., & Smelson, D.A. (2014). The potential for health-related uses of mobile phones and internet with homeless veterans: Results from a multi-site survey. Telemedicine and e-Health, 20(9), 801-809.