Ph.D. North Carolina State University
Specialties: Health Research, Organizations, Occupations, and Work, Social Theory
University Affiliations: Organizational Science Doctoral Program, Public Policy Doctoral Program
Dr. Teresa L. Scheid is a full-time professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with joint appointments in Public Policy, Public Health, and Health Services Research. She has published widely on the organization and delivery of mental health services and the work of mental health, including the 2004 book Tie a Knot and Hang On: Delivering Mental Health Care in a Turbulent Enviornment. Her 2015 book (Comprehensive Care for HIV/AIDS: Community-Based Strategies) focused on community based initiatives designed to integrate diverse systems of care for minority groups living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Scheid is senior editor (with Eric Wright) of the 3rd Edition of the Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2017 with the first edition published in 1999 with Allan Horwitz as senior editor).
Dr. Scheid’s most recent book was co-authored with a former doctoral student (Stephany De Scisciolo) and based on her dissertation, Reducing Race Differences in Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising: The Case for Regulation. Dr. Scheid has also examined the impact of a number of legislative mandates including outpatient commitment and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is currently analyzing state level legislative reforms to mental health care. She has a book with co-author Megan Smith on community mental health (Ties That Enable: Community Solidarity for Adults Living with Serious Mental Illness) forthcoming with Rutger’s University Press. Communities are the primary source of social solidarity, and given the diversity of communities, solutions to the problems faced by individuals living with severe mental health problems must start with community level initiatives. “Ties that Enable” examines the role of a faith-based community group in providing a sense of place and belonging as well as reinforcing a valued social identity and argues that mental health reform efforts need to move beyond a focus on individual recovery to more complex understandings of the meaning of community care. It is our society’s inability to provide inclusive supportive environments which restrict the ability of individuals to recover. This book provides insights into how communities and system level reforms can promote justice and the higher ideals we aspire to as a society.