CJRT Scholars - Health + Justice Transformation at Lifespan

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program

2022 Cohort

Sarah Brothers, PhD

Sarah Brothers, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University in 2021. Her research examines how vulnerable groups experience and respond to health-related issues. She primarily uses ethnography, in-depth interviews, and Community Driven Research (CDR) methods to focus on topics including uncredentialed expertise in practices by people who use drugs, overdose responses, methadone treatment, patient perspectives on HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, and youth homelessness. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon/ACLS Foundation, the WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, and others.

Email: [email protected]


Ryan E. Flinn, PhD

Ryan E. Flinn, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. Ryan’s work is focused on substance misuse, trauma, HIV transmission, and justice involvement, especially among sexual and gender minorities, people of color, and people living in poverty. 

Email: [email protected]


Louisa Holaday, MD, MHS

Louisa Holaday, MD, MHS is a primary care physician and health services researcher. Dr. Holaday is an Instructor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai and recently completed the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale University. Her research focus is on the effects of neighborhood and community on health, with a particular interest in the population-level effects of mass incarceration, including community- and policy-level interventions. She also studies workforce diversity, particularly within academic medicine. 

Email: [email protected]

Helen Jack, MD

Helen Jack, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of Washington. Her research focuses on using implementation science to strengthen integration of mental health and substance use treatment into primary care in low-resource settings. She is currently supported by a NIMH early career development award (K23) to study the implementation of depression treatment in primary care in Zimbabwe. As a primary care physician, Dr. Jack practices in a rural state prison in Washington and is expanding her research both in that setting and on incarceration systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Jack graduated from Harvard Medical School and received a second BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. 

Email: [email protected]


Alexandria “Alex” Macmadu, PhD

Alexandria “Alex” Macmadu, PhD, is a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. Her long-term goal is to develop a thriving program of research that: (1) examines the social determinants of opioid use, opioid use disorder, and overdose; (2) investigates evidence-based approaches to mitigate opioid-related harms; and (3) advances justice and health equity in marginalized subgroups, including BIPOC communities, people who use drugs, and people affected by the criminal legal system. 

Email: [email protected]

Suzan Walters, PhD

Suzan Walters, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Global Public Health and an affiliated researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research and the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at New York University. Her mixed-methods research focuses on the social and structural determinants of health among drug using populations.  She focuses on awareness, knowledge, and access to biomedical interventions as part of larger social processes of exclusion. Her current K01 grant focuses on how intersectional stigma experiences affect health outcomes among people who use drugs. She has worked as an ethnographer for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, a program director for the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, and a research fellow for AIDS Foundation Chicago.

Email: [email protected]


2021 Cohort

Sugy Choi, PhD

Sugy Choi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University Grossman School of Medicine (NYU SOM). She is also part of the Health Evaluation and Analytics Lab (HEAL) which is a joint venture between NYU SOM and Wagner School of Public Policy. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Boston University School of Public Health in 2021. Sugy is interested in conducting evaluations of state and federal health policies and programs, with a focus on improving access to treatment services for vulnerable populations including individuals with Medicaid, substance use disorder (SUD), and criminal justice involvement. Her dissertation identified multilevel facilitators and barriers to addiction treatment services, including criminalization of substance use during pregnancy for pregnant and parenting women.

Email: [email protected]


Katherine LeMasters, MPH

Katherine LeMasters, MPH, is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her long-term goal is to use an interdisciplinary lens and social epidemiologic methods to study how the structural system of mass incarceration creates and exacerbates health inequities and how systemic change can reduce these inequities. Her current research explores the individual- and community-level effects of probation on mental health and the racial disparities within this relationship. She also studies the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those involved in the criminal legal system and how the criminal legal system exacerbates health inequities related to HIV, mental health, and substance use by race, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Email: [email protected]


Kaitlin Piper, MPH

Kaitlin Piper, MPH is a PhD candidate in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Emory University. Her research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating substance use and HIV interventions for adolescents, particularly for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. She was recently awarded a NIDA pre-doctoral fellowship for her dissertation research, which focuses on the implementation of family-driven substance use services in the juvenile justice system. 

Email: [email protected]


Milan Satcher, MD

Milan Satcher, MD, MPH is a T32 postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with additional fellowship training in Emergency Medicine. Her research focuses on mitigating opioid-related health disparities among families affected by mass criminalization, with a particular interest in developing technology-supported biopsychosocial strategies to optimize addiction and primary care transitions.

Email: [email protected]

Kaitlin M. Sheerin, PhD

Kaitlin M. Sheerin, PhD, is an NIMH-funded postdoctoral research fellow at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital through the Adolescent and Young Adult Biobehavioral/HIV T32 Program. Dr. Sheerin’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of transdiagnostic, personalizable behavioral health interventions for justice-involved youths. She is particularly interested in family-based interventions for youths who have been arrested for the very first time. Dr. Sheerin also has a secondary interest in clinician training and supervision.

Email: [email protected] 


Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD, MSHP

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD, MSHP is the Medical Director at the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He is trained in pediatrics and internal medicine and completed the National Clinician Scholar Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2022. His work focuses on increasing the uptake of evidence-based practices in correctional settings, improving post-incarceration health outcomes, and addressing gaps in health services and health policy that reinforce health inequity.  

Email: [email protected]

2020 Cohort

Justin Berk, MD, MPH, MBA

Justin Berk, MD, MPH, MBA, is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and is a physician certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Addiction Medicine. He is the former Medical Director for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Dr. Berk‘s research interests focus on increasing access to evidence-based medications for opioid use disorder in the community, in correctional settings, and upon community re-entry.

Email: [email protected] 


Ben Bovell-Ammon, MD, MPH

Ben Bovell-Ammon, MD, MPH, is a 4th-year Resident in the Combined Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Boston Medical Center/Boston University. Dr. Bovell-Ammon received his medical degree from The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center and his master’s degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests include addiction medicine, structural racism, and the impact of mass incarceration on individual and community health. 

Email: [email protected]


Jennifer James, PhD, MSW

Jennifer James, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF.  She is a sociologist and black feminist scholar whose research lies at the intersection of race, gender and health. Dr. James is a qualitative researcher committed to learning about the lived experiences of those often left at the margins of research. Her research is informed by her background in social work and policy. Her research interests include a focus on the way the corrections system intersects with the health care system and how health inequalities may be produced and reproduced for women facing serious and chronic illnesses.

Email: [email protected]


Utsha Khatri, MD 

Utsha Khatri, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Population Health and Policy and research faculty at the Institute for Health Equity Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As a physician and health services researcher, Dr. Khatri is interested in improving access, outcomes, and equity with regard to the health and health care of structurally marginalized populations. Her ongoing projects focus on the health care of individuals and communities affected by mass incarceration and those affected by substance use disorders. Dr. Khatri received her medical degree from the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following residency, she was selected for the National Clinician Scholars Program fellowship and received a Master’s degree in Health Policy Research also at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her appointment as research faculty, Dr. Khatri practices clinically as an attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, an academic medical center, and at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a public hospital, in New York City.

Email: [email protected]


Crosby Modrowski, PhD

Crosby A. Modrowski, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School and Staff Psychologist with Rhode Island Hospital Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. Dr. Modrowski serves as the Director of the Court Improvement Project and consulting psychologist at the Rhode Island Family Court, and also serves as a consulting psychologist at the Rhode Island Training School. Dr. Modrowski’s program of research focuses on examining the sequelae of trauma and maltreatment exposure in youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She is particularly interested in investigating risk and protective factors associated with crossing over from child welfare to juvenile justice system involvement. She is currently interested in better understanding how substance use is associated with the likelihood of dual-system involvement. Dr. Modrowski’s clinical interests involve adolescent mental health, with a specific focus on at-risk populations, including justice-involved adolescents and adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Email: [email protected]


Jordan White, DrPH

Jordan White, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Morgan State University. His research centers on understanding health disparities such as HIV, mental health and correctional health among Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ men in the United States. His interdisciplinary research has examined the individual, community and systems level factors that underlie health disparities and promoted resilience among these populations. Dr. White’s work seeks to understand how Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ men use assets and resources to maintain their well-being. He is also conducting research exploring the role of crowdsourcing / open contests for public health promotion. Dr. White is trained in both social work and public health.

Email: [email protected]


Additional Cohorts

Amanda Bunting, PhD | [email protected] 

Amanda M. Bunting, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health in the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Faculty at the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy. Her research addresses three priority public health areas: 1) polysubstance use (including co-use of opioids and stimulants); 2) substance use and health disparities among justice-involved populations; and 3) substance use-related health outcomes in rural and vulnerable populations.

Phillip Marotta, PhD | [email protected] 

Phillip Marotta, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.  His research focuses on the impact of the criminal justice system on disparities in public health, with an emphasis on substance use treatment interventions in justice-involved populations and the HIV care continuum for justice-involved persons with substance use disorders. He examines medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons, evaluates the effects of methadone maintenance during custody on recidivism and overdose among recently discharged individuals, and examines the role of criminal justice involvement in retention, injection and sexual HIV risk behaviors. In addition, Dr. Marotta’s current projects seek to measure the impact of racial and ethnic discrimination on treatment. 

Erin McCauley, MEd | [email protected]

Erin McCauley, MEd, is a doctoral candidate in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Erin is also a visiting graduate student at Duke University in the Department of Sociology for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her research interests focus on the implications of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities, with a particular interest in the multigenerational consequences of incarceration for health inequality and social stratification on a population level.

Tanya Renn, PhD | [email protected]

Tanya Renn, PhD, MSSW, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University. Dr. Renn’s research focuses on understanding the relational pathways that exist between stress, substance use, and well-being among those involved in the criminal justice system. Additionally, Dr. Renn focuses on developing more evidence-informed interventions that improve the health and well-being of those in justice settings.   

Collette Sosnowy, PhD | [email protected]

Collette Sosnowy, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has expertise in qualitative methods and conducts research aimed at linking people at high risk of HIV to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a highly effective medication that prevents people from acquiring HIV. Her research also focuses on substance use among women with a history of criminal justice involvement and sex work. Previously, Dr. Sosnowy worked on projects across a variety of health topics, including patient experience, health communication and social media, adults with disabilities, and public health policy. She has worked with numerous state and local agencies and community-based organizations to evaluate and improve public health programs.

Joëlla Adams, PhD | [email protected] 

Joëlla Adams, PhD, is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the Boston University Clinical HIV/AIDS Research Training Program (BU-CHART) where she is conducting research to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions to prevent opioid overdose deaths and reduce injection-related infections. She received a PhD in Epidemiology from Brown University where she conducted research examining the impact of mass incarceration on HIV acquisition risk for community-dwelling women using agent-based modeling. Before her doctoral studies, she was the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS) Data Manager for the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her long term research goal is to develop a career as an infectious disease epidemiologist with a focus on women’s health and reducing HIV disparities, particularly those related to gender, race, and experiences with the criminal justice system. 

David Cloud, JD, MPH | [email protected]

David Cloud, JD, MPH, is a doctoral student in behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University and Research Director with Amend at UCSF. His research focuses on applying the theory, methods, and ethics of public health to explore the role of mass incarceration as a driver of health inequalities. He is interested in using the social determinants of health framework to 1) investigate how different components of the carceral state influence individual, family, and community health; 2) develop, advance, and evaluate structural interventions intended to reduce reliance on carceral institutions as primary sites for accessing health, education for vulnerable and historically oppressed groups; and 3) advance principles of health promotion, harm reduction, and human rights in the areas of drug policy, law enforcement, and correctional health.

Erika Crable, PhD | [email protected]

Erika Crable, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and health services researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on improving the use of evidence in policymaking, and testing dissemination and implementation strategies to promote access to evidence-based substance use treatment for safety-net populations, including individuals involved in the criminal/legal system. She is PI of a NIDA-funded K01 testing dissemination strategies to improve access to medications for opioid use disorder in Medicaid benefit arrays.

Kristi Stringer, PhD | [email protected]

Kristi Stringer, PhD, is a qualitative researcher at the Social Intervention Group at Columbia University. In addition to lived experience, Dr. Stringer has a decade of experience conducting health-related research with vulnerable populations. She earned her PhD in the field of Medical Sociology and has completed fellowships in the fields of patient-centered outcomes, substance use, and HIV prevention and treatment with justice involved populations. Dr. Stringer is the lead for policy and legislative advocacy activities for the Alabama Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) and is dedicated to fostering dialogue across multiple divergent stakeholders to draw out the politics of developing a syringe exchange program that is responsive to the complexities of local social, economic, and political pressures present in the Deep South.

Kathi Harp, Ph.D. | [email protected]

Kathi Harp, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. As an addiction health services researcher with a focus on health disparities, her main areas of interest are the substance use careers and treatment needs of women (particularly mothers), addiction health services in rural and urban areas, and behavioral interventions with special and disadvantaged populations. Having completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships funded by NIDA, Dr. Harp continues to work on assessing barriers to healthcare, addressing important public policies and their impact on health, and designing and implementing culturally competent addiction health services interventions for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Karli Hochstatter, PhD, MPH | [email protected]

Karli Hochstatter, Ph.D., MPH, is a Research Scientist at Friends Research Institute and an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is an epidemiologist and health services researcher focused on the intersecting epidemics of substance use disorders, infectious diseases, and criminal justice involvement. Her research focuses on developing innovative strategies to monitor and prevent health risks among people with opioid and other substance use disorders, and to increase utilization and retention in effective prevention and treatment services. She has worked on several NIDA-funded projects that use mixed-methods, social network strategies, and health services intervention approaches to improve the understanding and health of disadvantaged populations with substance use disorder. She has extensively studied barriers to substance use risk prevention and treatment service engagement; intervention strategies to reduce risk behaviors and increase health care utilization among people who use opioids; and HIV and hepatitis C virus risk behaviors and care continuums in harm reduction and criminal justice settings. She is currently working to improve the understanding of how medical examiners and death investigation teams can aid in improving the timeliness of overdose mortality surveillance data as well as overdose prevention and linkage-to-care efforts.  

Stephanie Holliday, Ph.D. | [email protected]

Stephanie Holliday, Ph.D., is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research has spanned a range of topics, including forensic psychology, criminal justice, and juvenile justice; veteran mental and physical health; and the health and wellbeing of military service members and families. She also has broader interests in program evaluation and the provision of evidence-based practices for underserved populations. At RAND, Dr. Holliday has led projects evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of programs for justice-involved populations; examining the needs of individuals with mental illness who are incarcerated; developing evaluation frameworks for military programs; and examining the roles, responsibilities, and training needs of military health providers.

Matthew Murphy, MD | [email protected] 

Matthew Murphy, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University and Medical Director at the Rhode Island Public Health Institute where he oversees Open Door Health, the state’s first dedicated LGBTQ+ clinic. Additionally, he is a staff physician at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and in these roles, he collaborates on several research initiatives aimed at developing interventions to prevent HIV transmission among the criminal justice-involved population, individuals impacted by substance use disorders as well as other groups disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. 

Ekaterina (Kate) Pivovarova, PhD | [email protected] 

Ekaterina (Kate) Pivovarova, Ph.D., is a clinical forensic psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and in the Department of Psychiatry. She is the recipient of the NIDA K23 award to study the implementation of and access to medications for opioid use disorders in drug treatment courts. Dr. Pivovarova’s primary research interests are three-fold: 1) empirically based treatment of addictions in legally involved populations, 2) bioethics of research and 3) psychological assessment of psycho-legal and diagnostic instruments. 

Tonya Van Deinse, PhD, MSW | [email protected]

Tonya Van Deinse, Ph.D., MSW, is a clinical associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work and a mental health services researcher focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that span mental health and criminal justice systems. Dr. Van Deinse’s current research interests focus on the implementation of specialty mental health probation approaches, integrated re-entry programming for adults with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use disorders exiting county detention, and enhancing inter-organizational coordination and collaboration between behavioral health and criminal justice systems.

Joshua Barocas, MD | [email protected]

Joshua Barocas, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician at Boston Medical Center. He leads an interdisciplinary research program that is specifically aimed at the goal of improving health outcomes for patients with infectious diseases including HIV and HCV, substance use disorders, and other vulnerable populations. His research, which uses clinical epidemiology, health economics, simulation modeling, and cost-effectiveness informs clinical-decision making and health policy to answer clinically- and policy-relevant questions. He is engaged in research using these innovative methods to help understand the impact of and improve upon policies that affect people who use drugs and are infected with or at high risk for HIV and viral hepatitis. Dr. Barocas currently serves as Director of the Health Economics and Modeling Core for the Massachusetts HEALing Communities Study, an NIH-funded grant to significantly reduce overdose. He has been the recipient of several research awards including a NIDA Career Development Award (K01), the Charles A. King Trust Research Award, and the prestigious AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member who demonstrates leadership potential in addressing inequity in health care.

Hermione Hurley, MD | [email protected]

Hermione Hurley, MBCHB, is an Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine physician at Denver Health/University of Colorado. Her interest in combining care delivery for substance use and infections began after observing poor outcomes for justice-involved individuals. Her current position is supported by Psychiatry and Medicine departments, enabling her to treat viral diseases in methadone clinics and substance use disorders in the Infectious Disease clinic for people living with HIV.

Johanna Elumn Madera, PhD, MSW | [email protected]

Johanna Elumn Madera, Ph.D., MSW, is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine. She has served as the director of several projects, including Women on the Road to Health (WORTH Transitions) and The Share Project (TSP). As a social worker, her direct service experience focused on designing, evaluating, and implementing services for those involved in the criminal justice system at all stages of their contact, from pre-arrest to reentry. Dr. Elumn’s research focuses on health disparities among people involved in the criminal legal system using CBPR approaches. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. At SCSU she teaches an Inside-Out course on Research Methods at Manson Youth Institution.

Kathryn Nowotny, PhD | [email protected]

Kathryn Nowotny, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Miami. Her research explores how mass incarceration contributes to health inequalities, the intersections of crime and health behaviors, and the contextual influences on health more broadly for vulnerable populations. These complementary “streams” of the research center on understanding the health of disadvantaged and underserved populations using both quantitative and qualitative methods. To this end, she uses a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches at the intersection of criminology, medical sociology, and social demography.

Natasha Rybak, MD | [email protected]

Natasha Rybak, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine within the Division of Infectious Disease with a research concentration in pediatric HIV/TB and MDR-TB management. Over the past nine years, she has been working with collaborators in Ukraine and the U.S. to build the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration, which focuses on strengthening research capacity in the areas of TB and HIV. Dr. Rybak also maintains an HIV clinic at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center that focuses on HIV care for young adults with perinatal HIV infection. She has also recently started a non-tuberculosis mycobacteria clinic that is focused on treating complicated non-tuberculosis infections including skin and soft tissue infections, and post-surgical complications from mycobacteria.

Melissa Zielinski, PhD | [email protected]

Melissa Zielinski, PhD, is an assistant professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her primary role is as a research scientist. She directs the Health and the Legal System Lab, a diverse group of scholars and clinical trainees focused on the intersections among trauma, addiction, posttraumatic stress, and the legal system (e.g. prisons, drug treatment courts, jails, crime victims). She also serves as Co-Associate Director of UAMS’ Translational Training in Addiction T32 program and as Chair of Education Production for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Dr. Zielinski’s clinical expertise is in the treatment of trauma-related disorders including PTSD, SUD, and borderline personality disorder. She also regularly supports training efforts locally and nationally and enjoys working with criminal justice and community agencies to establish and/or improve staff training in areas that can support the needs of trauma survivors.



Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD | [email protected] 

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She received her Ph.D. in Community, Research, and Action at Vanderbilt University and completed a NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein’s research focuses on how incarceration can impact health outcomes. She is the PI of a NIMHD R01 cohort study relevant to pre-exposure prophylaxis among people on probation and parole, the MPI of a NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network Clinical Research Center grant that will include the implementation and evaluation of opioid overdose prevention programs in community supervision settings in Rhode Island, Philadelphia, and Brunswick County North Carolina, and the MPI of a grant investigating COVID-19 testing and prevention in correctional facilities.


Laneshia Conner, PhD | [email protected] 

Laneshia Conner, Ph.D., MSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. As an academician, since 2014, she has focused her research on HIV prevention and stigma reduction among older adults including justice-involved women. She is also published and focuses on scholarship around adult learning principles, operationalizing best practices for the diverse needs of adult learners in higher education. As a practitioner, she has work experience in child welfare as well as geriatric case management, serving both communities over a span of 15 years.


Emily Dauria, PhD | [email protected] 

Emily Dauria, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Her research interests include social determinants of health and health disparities, mixed methods research and qualitative research, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, incarceration, and substance use. Dr. Dauria is currently the PI of NIDA-funded R34 investigating peer navigators addressing intersectional stigma to improve HIV prevention among criminal justice-involved women.



Kimberly Dong, DrPH | [email protected] 

Kimberly Dong, DrPH is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Online MPH Program at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on healthcare access, food insecurity, and dietary quality as determinants of health, particularly with people living with HIV and individuals involved with the criminal legal system. Current projects explore health disparities, causes and consequences of food insecurity, and healthcare access among adults under probation supervision and evaluating the transition of healthcare from jail to the community for people with HIV. Additional areas of interest include addressing systems to improve healthcare and food access and nutritional consequences of substance and alcohol use, both domestically and globally.


Amanda Noska, MD | [email protected] 

Amanda Noska, MD is an Internal Medicine Physician and Infectious Diseases Specialist at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include barriers to care among incarcerated populations, people who inject drugs, and women with HIV and hepatitis C. 




Alysse Wurcel, MD | [email protected]

Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ID) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She did her internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and ID fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. In addition to her work as an inpatient ID doctor, Dr. Wurcel has an outpatient clinic where she specializes in HIV, HCV, and substance use disorder care.  Dr. Wurcel provides HIV and HCV care at six county jails in eastern MA. She is interested in the barriers and facilitators to care for people with or at risk for HIV and HCV, especially people who use drugs and people who are incarcerated. She is an international expert on injection-drug use-associated infections, including bacterial endocarditis. Dr. Wurcel has a K08 grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality to improve HCV testing access in jails. In April 2020, she started working as the COVID-19 Infectious Diseases Consultant for the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, overseeing COVID-19 prevention and mitigation in the Massachusetts jails. She has received funding to investigate health disparities in access to COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers. 

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