Cathleen E. Willging
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Willging’s expertise lies in the areas of mental health services research, managed care, health policy, rural health, gender/sexuality, and Native American studies.
Examines the return of women prisoners to underserved rural communities and the perspectives of their closest social supporters through semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Challenges discourses of personal responsibility that detract from the structural violence and injustice shaping their experiences and considers policy implications and strategies to reduce recidivism.