Rebecca Linn-Walton Joins CASES as Director of Planning, Research, and Development

CASES is thrilled to welcome its new member of its executive team, Rebecca Linn-Walton.

Linn-Walton will lead the agency’s Strategic Planning and Analysis unit, which is responsible for research and planning efforts, coordinating on-going outcome measurement, and planning innovative projects to help advance CASES’ mission.

“It’s a great honor to join the CASES family” said Linn-Walton. “I’m incredibly excited to help discover solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing communities throughout all of New York City.”

Linn-Walton comes to CASES with a background in clinical social work with individuals and families in the NYC area, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to working at CASES, she was awarded a predoctoral fellowship through NIH and NIDA at the National Development and Research Institutes’ Behavioral Sciences Training Program. Her research focuses on substance abuse and mental health services in the criminal justice system.

“As a social worker, I came to find that many treatment models did not take the special needs of justice-involved populations into consideration,” explained Linn-Walton. “It is extremely important for these individuals to receive treatment that works. For many, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

“It has always been important for me to be engaged in the non-profit world. Being on the ground allows me to be of maximum service to this population in such great need of support. And as a clinician, it has been very rewarding to return to the world of clients and clinicians.”

Linn-Walton has been published in the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, The Clinical Supervisor, and the annual program book for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in addition to presenting at conferences. Dr. Linn-Walton holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. from the Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, where she has taught in the masters program.