Christopher G Hudson

Christopher G Hudson

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: AB-105C
Phone: 978-542-6609
Resume: Christopher G Hudson [PDF 164KB]

Summer Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1012 01 SWK822 Social Work and Spirituality

Professional Biography

Christopher Hudson, Ph.D., DCSW, first entered the field of social work as a community organizer on two Indian reservations at the tail end of the War on Poverty. Shortly after that, in 1974, he obtained his masters in social work from the University of Chicago. During the remainder of that decade he worked as clinical social worker in mental health and family service settings. He then completed his Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983, specializing in mental health policy and administration. He initially taught in MSW programs in Illinois, North Carolina, and since 1987, with Salem State University. In addition to his responsibilities at Salem State, he has been elected as President-elect of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Professional Interests

1. Mental health policy: financing, state mental health, administrative decision making

2. Relationship between mental illness and socio-economic status, including role of poverty

3. Chaos, self-organization, and complex systems theory; nonlinear dynamic modeling

4. Homelessness, policy and epidemiological research; Best case management practices

5. Managed care outcome research; offset effect of psychiatric care on medical utilization

6. Applications of expert systems, simulations, and related technologies in the human services

7. Application of structural equation modeling and other multivariate statistical methods to problems in social policy

8. Linking epidemiology of mental illness with allocation decision making in mental health policy

9. Applications of complex systems and self-organization in human behavior theory

10. Spirituality and social work

11. Geography of mental health / psychiatric epidemiology


Mental Health Policy & Services; Research; Human Behavior & the Social Environment; Spirituality & Social Work; Field Education; Perspectives in International Social Welfare

Selected Publications


Hudson, C.G. (2010). (Foreword by T. Meenaghan). Complex systems and human behavior. Chicago: Lyceum Books.

Hudson, C.G. (1998). (Foreword by R. Dorwart). An interdependency model of homelessness: The dynamics of social disintegration. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Hudson, C.G. & Cox, A.J. (Eds.). (Foreword by D. Mechanic). (1991). Dimensions of state mental health policy. New York: Praeger.

Hudson, C.G. (1983). The impact of a block grant on decision making in state departments of mental health. Ph.D. Dissertation. Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago.


Hudson, C.G. (In press). Declines in mental illness over the adult years: An enduring finding or methodological artifact? Aging and Mental Health.

Hudson, C.G. (In press). Patterns of residential mobility of people with schizophrenia. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 19(3), 147-177.

Hudson, C.G. (In press). Disparities in the geography of mental health: Implications for social work. Social Work.

Hudson, C.G. & Abbott, M. (2012, May). Modeling the geographic distribution of serious mental illness in New Zealand. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2012.

Hudson, C.G. & Soskolne, V. (2012). Disparities in the geography of serious mental illness in Israel. Health & Place.

Hudson, C.G. (2010). A predictive model of the development of national mental health Systems. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 13, 175-187.

Hudson, C.G. & Vissing, Y.M. (2010). The geography of adult homelessness in the US: Validation of state and county estimates. Health & Place, 16(5), 828-837.

Hudson, C.G. & Chafets, J. (2010). A comparison of mental health inpatient care under Medicaid carve-outs and HMOs. Social Work in Public Health, 25, pp. 527-549.

Hudson, C.G. (2009). Validation of a model for estimating state and local prevalence of serious mental illness. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 18 (4), pp. 251-264.

Hudson, C.G. (2009). Decision making in evidence-based practice: Science and art. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 79 (2), pp. 155-174.

Hudson, C.G. (Spring 2008). The impact of managed care on the psychiatric offset effect: A multilevel growth curve analysis. International Journal of Mental Health, 37 (1).

Hudson, C.G. (2005). Socioeconomic status and mental illness: Tests of the social causation and selection hypotheses. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75 (1), pp. 3-18.

Hudson, C.G. (2005). Patterns of psychiatric hospitalization in Massachusetts, 1994-2000. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 32 (3), pp. 223-242.

Hudson, C.G. (2004). The dynamics of self-organization: Neglected dimensions. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 10 (4), pp. 17-38.

Hudson, C.G. (2004). Trends in psychiatric hospitalization. Psychiatric Services, 55 (11).

CHAPTERS (Since 2002)

Hudson, C.G., CedeƱo-Zamor, P., Springer, C., Rosenthal, M., Silvia, S.C., Alexander, S., & Kowal, L. (2006). "Adoption Crossroads: The development of post-adoption services in Massachusetts". In Casey Family Services. (Ed.) Post-adoption experience: Adoptive families service needs and service outcomes. Washington DC: Child Welfare League of America.

Hudson, C.G. (2003). "Model 2: Advanced generalist education at Salem State College", In: Anne Roy and Francine J. Vecchiolla, (Editors). Thoughts on an advanced generalist education: Models, readings & essays. Peosta, Iowa: Eddie Bowers Publishing.

BOOK REVIEWS (Since 2003)

Hudson, C.G. (2011). Review of: From madness to mental health. Psychiatric disorder and its treatment in western civilization. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (September), pp. 199-201.

Selected Presentations

PEER REVIEWED (Since 2003)

Estimating prevalence of serious mental illness in local service areas in New Zealand, Society for Social Work Research, Washington DC, January 2012.

Presentation on Complex Systems and Human Behavior (Lyceum Books, 2010), Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Portland, OR, October 2010.

Use of small areas estimation methods in community needs assessments, Workshop, 2010 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, 2010.

Validation of a model for estimating state and local prevalence of serious mental illness, 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, 2009

A comparative analysis of health care needs of housed and housing distressed high school students, with Yvonne Vissing as lead author, American Sociological Association, Boston, August 2009.

A comparison of acute psychiatric care under Medicaid carve-outs, HMOs, and Fee-for-Service Plans, 2008 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC, January 2008.

Problem solving, decision making, and creativity: Emerging strategies. National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts, Symposium 2008, April, 2008.

Workshop: Strategies and techniques for the analysis of secondary databases (“Conference Highlight”), Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, January 2007, San Francisco.

Decision making in evidence-based practice: Science and art (“Outstanding Abstract” Award), 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, December 2006, Hong Kong.

The impact of managed care on the psychiatric offset effect: A latent growth curve model, Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 2006, San Antonia, TX.

The dynamics of self-organization: Some neglected dimensions, Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, February 2004, Anaheim, CA.

The negative relationship of socioeconomic status and mental illness: A structural equation test of hypotheses, Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 2004, New Orleans, LA.
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Personal Interests

Spirituality and consciousness, Piano, sailing, bicycling, caving, jogging, skiing, travel, folk dancing, family history/genealogy, computers, & other