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LIU Brooklyn Jo Rees

Joanne Rees

Assistant Professor of Social Work

B.Sc. University College, LondonDip. SW/M.S.W. (Equiv.) University of Bristol, M.Sc. London School of EconomicsPh.D. New York University


Jo Rees is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at LIU Brooklyn. She received her Ph.D from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. She holds an M.Sc. in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics, and a Dip.SW/M.S.W. (Equiv.) from the University of Bristol. Dr. Rees has worked in community and forensic mental health in the United Kingdom and New York City. Before joining the faculty at LIU, she taught at NYU Silver School of Social Work (B.S.W. and M.S.W.), Smith College School for Social Work (M.S.W.), and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (Human Services).

Dr. Rees’ primary research interests focus on juvenile and criminal justice, transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and Forensic Social Work. She has a commitment to conducting collaborative and culturally responsive community-based research to respond, inform and reform social policy, programs and services.


Forensic Social Work, Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Sexually Exploited Youth, LGBTQ youth, Transgender and gender non-conforming youth


Co-Author (2007). Forensic Practices and Serving Dually Diagnosed Youth Involved with the Juvenile Justice System. In D.W. Springer & A.R. Roberts (Eds.), The Handbook of Forensic Mental Health with Victims and Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Research (pp. 205-223). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Co-Author (2006). (Eds.). Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Vol 6, Issue 4.

Co-Author (1988). Lay theories of schizophrenia. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 34 (3), pp. 212-220.