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Joan BlakeyJoan Blakey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Ph.D., University of Chicago
MSW., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
B.S., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Email: blakey@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-3998
Room: 1177 Enderis Hall

Professional Interests

  • Trauma and substance abuse among women who are involved with the child protection and criminal justice systems
  • Trauma informed systems of care
  • Qualitative methods

Joan M. Blakey is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work. She received her BS & MSW from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Her primary research interests include trauma and substance abuse among women who are involved with the child protection and criminal justice systems. She also is interested in understanding the process of healing from trauma, creating trauma informed systems of care, and testing the effectiveness of trauma informed interventions.

Her latest project examines a Prostitution Drug Court in Fort Worth, Texas designed to help women exit out of prostitution. She looks at the factors that help women successfully leave a life of prostitution and begin to recover from substance abuse and histories of trauma.

Select Recent Publications: Referred Articles

Blakey, J.M. & Hatcher, S.S. (2013). The intersection of trauma and substance abuse among child welfare involved African American mothers: A case study. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7:2, 194-216. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2013.779623.

Blakey, J.M., Leathers, S.J., Lawler, M., Washington, T., Natschke, C., Strand, T., & Walton, Q. (2012). "A review of how states are addressing placement stability." Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 369 - 378.

Blakey, J.M. (2012). The best of both worlds: How kinship care impacts reunification. Families in Society, 93(2), 103 - 110.

Blakey, J.M. (2012). From surviving to thriving: Understanding reunification among African American mothers with histories of addiction. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 91-102.

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