Dr. Samantha Hack, Volunteer Research Assistant Professor
Samantha Hack is a volunteer assistant research professor at the School of Social Work (SSW) in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and a research health scientist and assistant director of the Education Core at the Veterans Affairs Capitol Health Care Network (VISN 5) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). The VISN 5 MIRECC is the VA national center for the development, evaluation, and implementation of recovery-oriented evidence-based treatments and services for veterans with serious mental illness. Dr. Hack’s research is focused on identity-informed and person-centered mental health care as a mechanism for increasing treatment engagement and reducing disparities in the treatment of serious mental illness in veteran populations. Dr. Hack is currently principal investigator on a Career Development Award grant funded by VA Rehabilitation Research & Development to develop and test a brief person-centered mental health intervention to assist OIF/OEF/OND veterans with PTSD, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse in identifying goals for functional recovery and taking an active role in their care personalization. She is also a national consultant for the VA evidence-based program Social Skills Training for Serious Mental Illness and serves on the VA Maryland Health Care System Mental Health Diversity Committee and Patient & Family Centered Care Committee. Dr. Hack received her doctoral degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. Her dissertation qualitatively examined the experiences in community mental health care of rural African American men with serious mental illness and members of their social support networks. Prior to her research career she was the director of a community service organization on the Cheyenne Rivers Sioux Reservation and was recognized by the Tribal Council for her work with Native American youth.
VISN 5 MIRECC
Baltimore VA Medical Center - Annex
10 N. Greene St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Veterans Affairs Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment
Person-centered mental health care
mental health care consumer activation and treatment participation
identity-related disparities in service access and outcomes for mental health disorders
development and testing of interventions for serious mental illness and stress-related disorders
participatory action research
qualitative and arts based research
Hack, S. M., Larrison, C. R., Bennett, M. E., Klingaman, E., & Peeples, A. (in press). Mental illness etiology beliefs and implications for service engagement among African American men and their social support networks. Social Work in Mental Health
Hack, S. M., Medoff, D., Brown, C. H., Fang, L., Dixon, L. B., Klingaman, E., Park, S. G., & Kreyenbuhl, J. A. (2016). Predictors of patient communication in psychiatric medication encounters among Veterans with serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39(2), 183-186.
Muralidharan, A., Austern, D., Hack. S. M., & Vogt, D. (2016). Deployment Experiences, Social Support, and Mental Health: Comparison of Black, White, and Hispanic U.S. Veterans Deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29(3), 273-278.
Brown, E. C., Hack, S. M., Gold, J. M., Carpenter, W. T., Fischer, B., Prentice, K. P., & Waltz, J. A. (2015). Integrating frequency and magnitudes information in decision-making in schizophrenia: An account of patient performance on the Iowa Gambling Task. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 66-67, 16-23.
Hack, S. M., Larrison, C. R., & Gone, J. P. (2014). American Indian identity in mental health services utilization data from a rural Midwestern sample. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(1), 68-74.