Women in Prison and Mental Illness Will Be Subject of Grand Rounds

February 06, 2006

Inmates of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women who are mentally ill will be the subject of a talk Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Haleh Ghanizadeh, M.D., M.P.H., who treats inmates at the maximum-security prison for women in Westchester County, will speak at 9 a.m. in the Class of 1962 Auditorium in the Medical Center as part of the University Department of Psychiatry’s Grand Rounds.

Ghanizadeh has titled her talk “Difficult-to-Treat and More Easily Avoided: Women with Mental Illness at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.” After her talk, a discussion will be held at which university faculty members will present their work on women who experience trauma.

“This issue has added significance because of the growing number of women being incarcerated and thus the growing number of children needing services from government agencies,” said Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D., director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Ghanizadeh, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is a graduate of Columbia University School of Public Health and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also has a private practice in general adult and forensic psychiatry.

Cerulli and Ghanizadeh will discuss “Incarcerated Women: Their Paths to Prison” Tuesday, Feb. 7, at a fundraising dinner for the Laboratory at the Genesee Valley Club.

The Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization facilitates the rigorous investigation of violence and victimization, emphasizing the public health perspective and prevention. It draws on the expertise of both University of Rochester faculty and the Rochester community for an interdisciplinary approach to violence prevention.

Laboratory faculty collaborate on efforts that include research projects, innovative clinical programs and community outreach. Some of these efforts are in conjunction with the Family Violence Clinic at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.

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