Jane Hereth, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Jane Hereth (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Hereth’s research examines the determinants and impacts of social and structural exclusion, gender-based violence, and criminal legal system involvement on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth. Her recent work examines young transgender women’s trajectories of carceral involvement and victimization. Dr. Hereth’s research and teaching are informed by her social work practice with LGBTQIA+ youth and survivors of gender-based violence.

Dr. Hereth received the 2020 Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work from Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. She was also the recipient of the Doctoral Fellows Award from the Society for Social Work and Research and the Simons Doctoral Teaching Award from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
  • MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A., Grinnell College

Recent Funding:

  • 2021-2023: Principal Investigator. Using the life history calendar to examine young transgender women’s trajectories of violence, mental health, and protective processes. National Institutes of Health.
  • 2021-2024: Principal Investigator, Exploring the acceptability, feasibility, and benefits of a mentoring program for transgender youth and adult mentors. Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.

Recent Publications:

  • Hereth, J. E., & Durand, B. (2022). Incorporating transgender-affirmative practice models into substance use treatment and prevention. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 1-9.
  • Hereth, J. (2022). Overrepresentation of people who identify as LGBTQ+ in the criminal legal system. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Hereth, J., Garthe, R., Garofalo, R., Reisner, S. L., Mimiaga, M. J., & Kuhns, L. (2021). Examining patterns of interpersonal violence, structural and social exclusion, resilience, and arrest among young transgender women. Advance online publication. Criminal Justice and Behaviordoi.org/10.1177/0093854820938420
  • Hereth, J., & Bouris, A. (2020). From smart decarceration to abolition: Centering the experiences of LGBTQ youth within the criminal legal system. Journal of Women and Social Work: Anti-Carceral Feminisms: Imagining a World Without Prisons, 35(3), 358-375. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109919871268
  • Hereth, J., Pardee, D. J., & Reisner, S. (2020). Sexual orientation and gender identity development among young adult trans men sexually active with cisgender men: “I had completely ignored my sexuality, I was like, that’s for a different time to figure out.” Culture, Health and Sexuality, 22 sup:1, 31-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2019.1636290
  • Garthe, R. C., Hidalgo, M., Goffnett, J., Hereth, J., Garofalo, R., Reisner, S., Mimiaga, M., & Kuhns, L. (2020). Protective processes of intimate partner violence in relation to mental health symptoms among young transgender women. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, advance online publication.
  • Garthe, R. C., Hidalgo, M., Hereth, J., Garofalo, R., Reisner, S., Mimiaga, M., & Kuhns, L. (2018). Intimate partner violence among young transgender women: An examination of minority stressors. LGBT Health, 5, 1-8.