Saint Louis University

Donald Linhorst, PhD, MSW

Director and Professor, School of Social Work

Don Linhorst

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Research Interests: Insanity defense; Evaluation of mental health and criminal justice programs; Empowerment of people with mental illness

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Teaching Areas: Health and mental health policy; Social work practice with groups; Social work research

Education History: BSW, MA, Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
MSW, Saint Louis University

Community and Professional Service: Volunteer, Missouri Department of Mental Health
Volunteer, St. Louis County Department of Justice Services
Volunteer, St. Louis County Municipal Mental Health Court Task Force
Advisory Board Member, BJC Behavioral Health
Reviewer, manuscripts for selected journals
Member, St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court Task Force

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(314) 977-2745


Dr. Linhorst is the  Director of the School of Social Work. His primary research interests revolve around the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems, as well as empowerment of people with psychiatric disabilities. Prior to arriving at Saint Louis University in 1997, Dr. Linhorst was a social worker for 16 years, working primarily in organizations that provide services to persons with severe mental illness.

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