Christina Newhill Professor



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Christina E. Newhill earned a PhD in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley; a master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University; and a BA in sociology from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Dr. Newhill is Professor of Social Work with a joint appointment with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and teaches in the MSW and Ph.D. programs. In 2008, she received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Pitt’s highest teaching honor.

Professor Newhill’s primary research interests are community mental health services, the psychosocial treatment of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, and improving the assessment of violent behavior. She is currently examining the relationship of borderline personality disorder and emotion-regulation problems with the expression of aggression and violence. Newhill has more than 10 years of community mental health practice experience, primarily in psychiatric emergency and inpatient settings. She has conducted training workshops on client violence and social worker safety at the local, state, and national levels for many years and authored “Client violence in social work practice: Prevention, intervention and research”, published in 2003 by Guilford Press and recently translated into Chinese and Korean. Her new book entitled “Interventions for serious mental disorders: Working with individuals and their families” was published by Pearson/Allyn & Bacon in January, 2014. She is currently working on two additional books: the first is a concise guide for risk assessment and social worker safety under contract with NASW Press, and the second (with Irene H. Frieze, Ph.D.) addresses understanding the dynamics of violence in close relationships.  Professor Newhill is a licensed clinical social worker in California and Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Violence risk markers and psychopathology

Risk assessment of violent clients and social worker safety

Evidence-based treatments for individuals with serious mental illness

Emotion regulation problems and borderline personality disorder

Psychiatric emergency services

Racial disparities in mental health services

Social science theory

Current Grant Support

Co-Investigator.  (Eack, SM & Keshavan, M, PIs). “Brain imaging, cognitive enhancement and early schizophrenia”.  R01: NIH/NIMH; $4,091,814. (2012-2017)

Selected Publications

Newhill, C. E. (2014). Interventions for severe mental disorders: Working with individuals and their families. Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.

Eack, S.M. & Newhill, C.E. (2012). Racial disparities in mental health outcomes after psychiatric hospital discharge among individuals with severe mental illness. Social Work Research, 36(1), 41-52. 

Newhill, C.E., Eack, S.M. & Mulvey, E.P. (2012). A growth curve analysis of emotion dysregulation as a mediator for violence in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26(3), 452-461.

Newhill, C.E., Bell, M.M., Eack, S.M. & Mulvey, E.P. (2010). Confirmatory factor analysis of the emotion dysregulation measure.Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 1(32), 159-168.

Newhill, C.E., Vaughn, M.G. & DeLisi, M.J. (2010).  Psychopathy scores reveal heterogeneity among patients with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 21, 202-220.

Newhill, C.E., Eack, S.M. & Mulvey, E.P. (2009). Violent behavior in individuals with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 23, 541-554.

Newhill, C.E., Eack, S.M. & Conner, K.O. (2009). Racial differences between African and White Americans in the presentation of borderline personality disorder. Race and Social Problems, 1, 87-96.

Newhill, C.E. & Harris, D. (2007). African-American consumers’ perceptions of racial disparities in mental health services. Social Work in Public Health, 23, 107-124.

Newhill, C.E., Mulvey, E.P. & Pilkonis, P.A. (2004). Initial development of a measure of emotional dysregulation for individuals with Cluster B personality disorders. Research on Social Work Practice, 14, 443-449.

Newhill, C.E. & Korr, W.S. (2004). Practice with persons with severe mental illness: Rewards, challenges and burdens. Health and Social Work, 29, 297-305

Newhill, C.E. (2003). Client Violence in Social Work Practice: Prevention, Intervention and Research. Guilford Press, New York, N.Y.