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Christy, Annette, PhD

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Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-7419
Office: MHC 2530
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Curriculum Vitae

Annette Christy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP) at the de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. in 1998 from St. Louis University in Applied/Experimental Psychology, with an emphasis in social psychology. She developed an interest in behavioral health policy and research while working at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health during graduate school. She was a National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors fellow in mental health services research at FMHI from 1998 to 2000 prior to joining the faculty of MHLP in 2000.

Dr. Christy focuses on the interaction of the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. She directs the Baker Act Reporting Center, which involves the receipt and analysis of statewide civil commitment data. Her work includes a focus on obtaining and using large data sets for research and evaluation, as well as on how to develop systems for the collection of high-quality data in real world settings. Her work has also included studies of criminal justice system diversions for persons with behavioral health disorders along the sequential intercept from intercept 1 (pre-booking diversion) to intercepts 2 and 3 (post booking diversions, such as mental health court and drug court). Some of her past work focused on guardianship and competence to proceed.


B.A., Purdue University Calumet
M.S., Saint Louis University
Ph.D., Saint Louis University 

Research Interests

Involuntary care (civil commitment, coercion)
Justice system diversions for people with behavioral health disorders
Process of using external data/large data sets
Program evaluation 

Research Projects

Recent Publications

Brennaman, L., Meize-Grochowski, R., Boursaw, B., & Christy, A. (2017). Delayed access to involuntary mental health examination. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44(4), 666-683. doi:10.1007/s11414-015-9487-2
Clark, C., Frei, A., Barrett, B., & Christy, A. (2016). What makes a peer a peer? Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39, 74-76. doi:10.1037/prj0000147Brennaman, L., Meize-Grochowski, R., Boursaw, B., & Christy, A. (2015, Online First). Delayed access to involuntary mental health examination.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. doi: 10.1007/s11414-015-9487-2

Clark, C., Frei, A., Barrett, B., & Christy, A. (2015, Online First). What makes a peer a peer? Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. doi:10.1037/prj0000147

Christy, A., Clark, C., Frei, A., & Rynearson-Moody, S. (2012). Challenges of diverting veterans to trauma informed care: The heterogeneity of intercept 2. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39,461-474. doi:10.1177/0093854811433539

Roggenbaum, S., Christy, A., LeBlanc, A. (2012). Suicide assessment and prevention during and after emergency commitment. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(6) 741-745. doi:10.1007/s10597-011-9428-3

Christy, A., & Molinari, V. (2012). Emergency commitment of people residing in assisted living facilities. Community Mental Health Journal, 48(2),219-222. doi:10.1007/s10597-011-9378-9

Christy, A., & Molinari, V. (2011). Emergency commitment of people residing in nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12(8), 551-553. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2011.05.001

Christy, A., Otto, R., Finch, J., Ringhoff, D., & Kimonis, E. (2010). Factors affecting jail detention of defendants adjudicated incompetent to proceed. Behavioral Sciences and Law, 28(5), 707-716. doi:10.1002/bsl.961

Christy, A. (2010). Taking issue: Context matters. Psychiatric Services, 61(9), 955. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.61.10.955

Christy, A., Handelsman, J., Hanson, A., & Ochshorn, E. (2010). Who initiates emergency commitment. Community Mental Health Journal, 46(2), 188-191. doi:10.1007/s10597-009-9216-5

Christy, A., Petrila, J., McCranie, M., & Lotts, V. (2009). Involuntary outpatient commitment in Florida: Case Information and Provider Experience and Opinions. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Services, 8 (2), 122-130.doi:10.1080/14999010903199340

Christy, A., Handelsman, J., Hanson, A., & Ochshorn, E. (2009). Who initiates emergency commitment. Community Mental Health Journal. DOI:10.1007/s10597-009-9216-5.

Petrila, J, & Christy, A. (2008). In reply: Florida’s outpatient commitment law: effective but underused Psychiatric Services, 59, 328-329. (response to Esposito, Westhead & Berko - same issue, p. 328). doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.59.3.328-a

Petrila, J., & Christy, A. (2008). Florida’s Outpatient Commitment Law: A Lesson in Failed Reform? Psychiatric Services, 59, 21-23

Christy, A., Bond, J., & Young, M. S. (2007). Short Term Involuntary Examination of Older Adults in Florida. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25, 615-628. doi: 10.1002/bsl.786

Christy, A., Kutash, K., & Stiles, P. (2006). Short term involuntary psychiatric examination of children in Florida. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33, 578-584. 10.1002/bsl.786

Kessell, E., Catalano, R. A., Christy, A., Monahan, J. (2006). Unemployment and the incidence of involuntary psychiatric examinations based on risk of harm to others: Evidence from Florida. Psychiatric Services, 57, 1435-1440. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.57.10.1435

Christy, A., Poythress, N. G., Boothroyd, R. A., Petrila, J., & Mehra, S. (2005). Evaluating the efficiency and community safety goals of the Broward County Mental Health Court. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 23, 227-243. doi: 10.1002/bsl.647

Boccaccini, M. T., Christy, A., Poythress, N., & Kershaw, D. (2005). Rediversion in two postbooking jail diversion programs in Florida. Psychiatric Services, 56, 835-839. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.56.7.829

Boothroyd, R. A., Mercado, C. C., Poythress, N. G., Christy, A., & Petrila, J. (2005). Clinical outcomes of defendants in mental health court. Psychiatric Services, 56, 829-834. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.56.7.829

Catalano, R., Kessell, E., Christy, A., & Monahan, J. (2005). Involuntary psychiatric examinations for danger to others after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Psychiatric Services, 56, 858-862. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.56.7.858

Christy, A., Douglas, K., Otto, R. K., & Petrila, J. (2004). Juveniles evaluated incompetence to proceed: Characteristics and quality of mental health professionals’ evaluations. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 35, 380-388. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.56.7.858