Dr. Janice McCall

Assistant Professor

Department of Health and Human Service Professions



Dr. Janice McCall is dedicated to producing high-quality social workers who can eradicate social problems and positively impact the state of the world today. Whether this implies activating change at an individual/micro level or at a systemic/macro level, Dr. McCall works with her students to become skilled Advanced Generalists who are adept at surveying a situation, able to assess levels of need, and create dynamic solutions to improve social welfare. Dr. McCall brings her broad teaching, research, and community practice experiences which include mental health program administration in the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, consulting within a Boston-based non-profit organization focused on improving public safety and community corrections systems in the United States, participating in community-based needs assessments, and working in corporate trust, among others. Dr. McCall earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed additional methodological training as an Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Dr. McCall earned an M.S.W. and B.A. with a minor in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications


McCall, J., Rodriguez, K., Barnisin-Lange, D., & Gordon, A.J. (2019). The history and experiences of graduates with Veterans Treatment Court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Comparative Criminology, 63(3), 339-356. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X18801462.


Berrios-Thomas, S., Engel, R., McCall, J., & Rosen, D. (2018). Assessing knowledge regarding managing congestive heart failure symptoms: Differences in patient and professional scores. Patient Education and Counseling, 5(4), 289-295. DOI: 10.1177/2374373518765793.


McCall, J. & Tsai, J. (2018). Characteristics and health needs of Veterans in jails and prisons: What we know and don’t know about incarcerated women veterans. Women’s Health Issues, 28(2), 172-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2017.10.009.


McCall, J., Tsai, J., & Gordon, A. (2018). Veterans Treatment Court research: Participant characteristics, outcomes, and gaps in the literature. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 57(6), 384-401, DOI: 10.1080/10509674.2018.1510864.


McCall, J., Brusoski, M., & Rosen, D. (2017). Research with older adult methadone clients: The importance of monitoring suicide ideation. Journal of Gerontological Social Work: Special Issue, 60(6-7), 458-470. DOI:10.1080/01634372.2017.1328479.


Rosen, D., Engel, R., McCall, J., & Greenhouse, J. (2017). Problem Solving Therapy to reduce depressive symptoms among older adult methadone clients: A randomized clinical trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(7), 802-809. DOI: 10.1177/1049731516686692


Rosen, D., McCall, J., & Goodkind, S. (2017). Teaching critical self-reflection through the lens of cultural humility: An assignment in a social work diversity course. Social Work Education, 36(3), 289-298. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2017.1287260


Rosen, D., McCall, J., & Primack, B. (2017). Brief observation: Telehealth protocol to prevent readmission among high-risk patients with Congestive Heart Failure. American Journal of Medicine, 130(11), 1326-1330. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.07.007


Invited Book Chapter


McCall, J. & Pomerance, B. (in press). Veterans Treatment Courts. In J. Tsai and E. R. Seamone (Eds.), Intersections Between Mental Health and Law Among Veterans. Springer Publishing.


Book Reviews


McCall, J. (2016). The poverty industry: The exploitation of America’s most vulnerable citizens by Daniel L. Hatcher, New York University Press, Journal of Children and Poverty. DOI:10.1080/10796126.2016.1198308. 




Oral Presentations


2019                The Carlow Closet: A catalyst for change. Carlow Roundtable. Dublin, Ireland. (May 27-June 2).


2018                Friedrichs, J. & McCall, J. Exploring diversity and dignity through a boundary crossing experiential assignment. Annual Global Service Learning Summit. South Bend, IN. (April 15-17).


2017                McCall, J. & Tsai, J. Characteristics and health needs of veterans in jails and prisons. Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System Office of Academic Affairs Fellowship Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. (May 17).


2017                McCall, J., Engel, R., & Rosen, D. Problem Solving Therapy for depressed older adult methadone clients: A randomized controlled trial. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (January 11-15).


2017                McCall, J. & Yamatani, H. Participating in prison-based mental health programs: Relevant characteristics among female state prisoners. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (January 11-15).


Poster Presentations


2018                Expanding the Carlow Closet. Annual Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA (October 8)


2017                Rosen, D., Engel, R., McCall, J., Berrios-Thomas, S., & Primack, B. Increasing adherence and self-care knowledge: Implementing a telecoaching protocol with Medicaid/Medicare recipients with Congestive Heart Failure. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (January 11-15).


2017                Yamatani, H. & McCall, J. Religious program participation among females in prison: A strength-based perspective and reentry implications. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (January 11-15).


2015                Rosen D., McCall J., Primack B.A. Adherence to a telehealth protocol designed to prevent readmission for patients with congestive heart failure. Poster presentation. Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC. (March 30-April 2).


2015                McCall, J. Visitation programs: Differential moderation effects on prison rule infractions. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA. (January 14-18).


2014                McCall, J. Prison programs as a moderator of the effects of visitation on rule infraction. Poster presentation at the Annual American Society on Criminology Conference, San Francisco, CA. (November 19-22).


Roundtable Discussant


2019                University of Pittsburgh, 4th Annual Hunger Banquet, Networking with mini-grants implementation (March 25).


2017                Social workers within the criminal justice system. Roundtable at the Annual Society on Criminology Conference, New Orleans, LA. (November 16-19).


Technical Reports and Other Works


McCall, J. (in press). The Carlow Closet: A catalyst for social change. 2019 Carlow Roundtable

White Paper, Dublin, Ireland.


Center on Race and Social Problems. (2015). Pittsburgh’s racial demographics 2015: Differences and disparities.


Kane, M.; Bechtel, K.; Revicki, J.; McLaughlin, E.; & McCall, J. (2011). Exploring the role of responsivity and assessment with Hispanic and American Indian offenders. Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice: Boston, MA.

  • B.A., minor in public policy: University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S.W.: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D.: University of Pittsburgh

Email: mccall@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4939

Office: Azorsky Hall, Room 233