Leah G. Pope is an anthropologist and a Senior Research Associate in the Substance Use and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice. Prior to joining Vera, she was a research scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Her research interests focus on the landscape of recovery and support for people with serious mental illness and alternative treatment options for young people with mental health issues and criminal justice involvement. Leah received an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College and is currently on the faculty of the Bard Prison Initiative.