Don Linhorst, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Associate Dean for Institutional Partnerships; Professor
College for Public Health and Social Justice

School of Social Work

My area of research is the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems, including the insanity defense, mental health courts and jail-based substance abuse treatment, which focuses on a highly vulnerable population.

- Don Linhorst, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Courses Taught

Health and Mental Health Policy; Social Work Practice with Groups; Social Work Research


Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis
M.S.W., Saint Louis University
M.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis
B.S.W., University of Missouri-St. Louis

Research Interests

Empowerment of people with mental illness; evaluation of mental health and criminal justice programs; insanity defense.

Publications and Media Placements

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Council on Social Work Education, member
  • National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, member
  • Society for Social Work and Research, member

Community Work and Service

He serves on the advisory boards of St. Patrick Center, Provident and Salvation Army. He volunteers for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, St. Louis County Department of Justice Services and St. Louis County Municipal Mental Health Court Task Force.