Michelle Riske-Morris  |  Senior Research Associate

riskemorrisMichelle L. Riske-Morris, PhD, JD, is a Senior Research Associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

She earned her J.D. law degree from CWRU, her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from CWRU’s Mandel School, and her master’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University. Michelle has been practicing law for 25 years and has served in various administrative positions with state and local governments, creating a uniqueness wherein she offers real world experience combined with her educational background. As a principal investigator and senior research associate, she has experience in both process and outcome evaluations.

Dr. Riske-Morris currently evaluates several federal and state funded projects, including SAMHSAs’ Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiatives, Project AWARE, and the PAX Good Behavior Game – all of which relate to the implementation of behavioral and mental health supports in schools. This research will determine the effectiveness of behavioral health support and services in schools to help reduce problem behaviors and improve academic performance of students. She is also involved with the evaluation of Cuyahoga County’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Project through the ADAMHSCC.  The AOT program is designed to reduce psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system and improve health and social outcomes for individuals committed to the program through the Cuyahoga County Probate Court.

Dr. Riske-Morris is also involved in research regarding reentry services for individuals returning to their community after period of incarceration.  Recently she served as Lorain County Reentry Coordinator and she currently serves on Ohio’s PAX Advisory Committee. Prior to working at the Begun Center she also specialized in evaluations regarding compliance with civil right laws and the Americans With Disability Act. She provided technical assistance and guidance for the development of strategic plans and evaluation protocols to assist agencies in supervising and overseeing compliance with local, state, and federal laws and grant requirements.

“Strengthening Communities by Supporting Reentry Through Reentry Planning”
Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change Event

“Equal Rights Means Equal Access”
2016 NASW National Conference

“PAX Scoreboards, They’re Not Just for Keeping Score: Implementation Fidelity and the PAX GBG”
2016 NASW National Conference

“Evaluating the Implementation of the PAX GBG Within an Interactive Systems Framework”
Ohio Promoting Wellness and Education Conference

“Citizen Circles”
Summit on Making Northeast Ohio Communities Safer

“Uniformity in Adult Reentry Plans”
The 5th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare: Is Social Work Addressing Human Needs?

Appointed to the Ohio Juvenile Reentry Task Force