School of Social Work

Rachel Casey Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Office Location

G26 Masterton Hall

Faculty Office Hours Summer 2022

By appointment. Please contact by email.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
  • M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012


Rachel earned her MSW and Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. Rachel conducts scholarship that illuminates the unique experiences of justice-involved women, indigenous people, and people of color, aiming to improve the responsiveness of criminal justice and correctional interventions. Rachel teaches courses in research methods, human behavior in the social environment, and social justice. Her service activities focus on restorative justice, antiracism, and domestic violence.


Recent Publications

Selected Publications:

Casey, R.C., Bentley, K.J., and McDonald, S.E. (2020). Mental health difficulties of incarcerated women: The influence of violence perpetration and victimization. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. doi:10.1080/14999013.2020.1713258

Casey, R.C., and Bentley, K.J. (2019). Individual factors associated with women's use of mental health services during incarceration: Anticipating programmatic needs. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research. doi:10.1080/23774657.2019.1623134

Casey, R.C., and Bentely, K.J. (2019). Psychotropic medication experiences of incarcerated women: A qualitative inquiry into conundrums of access and identity. Women & Criminal Justice, 291(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1080/08974454.2017.1389331

Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Casey, R.C. (2020). Healing circles in Maine Prisons: Connecting Native People with community and culture.

Casey, R.C. (2017). Hard time: A content analysis of incarcerated women's personal accounts. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 33(1), 126-138. doi: 10.1177/0886109917718233

Bentley, K.J., and Casey, R.C., (2017). Incarcerated women's experiences and beliefs about psychotropic medication: An empirical study. Psychiatric Services, 68(4), 384-389. doi: 10.1176/