Lucas Malishchak DBA; MA
Director of the Psychology Office
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Dr. Lucas D. Malishchak is the Director of the Psychology Office within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In this role, Lucas and his team are responsible for oversight of the mental health care system which supports Pennsylvania's 24 state correctional institutions and more than 39,000 incarcerated individuals. Lucas' doctoral dissertation was titled Alternatives to Segregation and Seriously Mentally Ill Individuals in Pennsylvania State Prisons: A Case Study of Employee Perceptions. In 2016, Lucas accepted a formal invitation to join the teaching faculty of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), a division of the United States Department of Justice, in Aurora, Colorado, as a subject matter expert in the delivery of mental health care within restrictive housing among state correctional systems. This teaching opportunity was associated with NIC's Managing Restrictive Housing Unit Populations national seminar. In 2015, Lucas was invited by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to address members of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) regarding the state of correctional mental health services in Pennsylvania and the changes associated with the settlement agreement met with Disability Rights of Pennsylvania.