The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program

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: sugy.choi@nyulangone.org

 

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: katherine.lemasters@unc.edu

 

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: kaitlin.piper@emory.edu

 

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: milan.f.satcher@dartmouth.edu

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: kaitlin_sheerin@brown.edu 

 

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD

Daniel Teixeira da Silva, MD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, general internist, and pediatrician. He is interested in addressing gaps in health services and policy at the intersection of the criminal justice and healthcare that reinforce inequities inHIV outcomes. Currently his research focuses on applying implementation science research to develop strategies to implement evidence-based HIV prevention services in the criminal justice system.  

Email: teixeird@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

2020 Cohort

Justin Berk, MD

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. 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. He is a Med-Peds trained primary care physician with an interest in addiction medicine and medical education.

Email: justin_berk@brown.edu 

 

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: benjamin.bovell-ammon@bmc.org

 

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: jennifer.james@ucsf.edu

 

Utsha Khatri, MD 

Utsha Khatri, MD, is an Emergency Medicine physician, a health services researcher, and a postdoctoral fellow with the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Khatri is interested in mass incarceration as a key driver of health inequities. Her current areas of research focus on substance use care, acute care utilization, and Medicaid policy pertaining to criminal justice involved populations. She also studies racial disparities in the treatment of opioid use disorder and emergency department-based interventions to improve access to substance use treatment.

Email: utsha.khatri@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

 

Crosby Modrowski, PhD

Crosby A. Modrowski, PhD, is an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital through the Child and Adolescent Biobehavioral/HIV T32 Program and a postdoctoral fellow affiliated with Brown University’s Initiative on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR Initiative). Dr. Modrowski’s program of research focuses on examining the sequelae of trauma and maltreatment exposure, including substance use and other risk behaviors, among 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. 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: crosby_modrowski@brown.edu

 

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: jordan.white@morgan.edu

 

Additional Cohorts

Amanda Bunting, PhD | amanda.bunting@nyulangone.org 

Amanda M. Bunting, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. She is a NRSA-funded trainee in the Population Health Scholars program and the postdoc for a NIDA Clinical Trials Network study (CTN-0101, PI: McNeely) assessing the efficacy of a primary care intervention for subthreshold opioid use disorder. Her research examines health disparities and substance use among justice-involved populations, with a special focus on polysubstance use involving opioids. 

 

 

Phillip Marotta, PhD | phillip.marotta@wustl.edu 

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 | ejm354@cornell.edu

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 | trenn@fsu.edu

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 | csosnowy@Lifespan.org

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 | joella.adams@bmc.org 

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 | david.howard.cloud@emory.edu

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 | ecrable@bu.edu

Erika Crable, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar and health services researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on improving the use of evidence in policy making, and testing implementation strategies to promote access to evidence-based substance use treatment, mental health services, HIV prevention and treatment services for safety-net and justice-involved populations.

 

 

 

Kristi Stringer, PhD | ks3592@columbia.edu

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. | kathi.harp@uky.edu

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 | krh2151@columbia.edu

Karli Hochstatter, Ph.D., MPH, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the HIV, Substance Abuse, and Criminal Justice T32 Fellowship Program at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Hochstatter’s training background is in health disparities research and infectious disease epidemiology. Her research interests include improving linkage to medical care for HIV, hepatitis C virus, and substance use disorders among criminal justice-involved adults.  

 

 

Stephanie Holliday, Ph.D. | holliday@rand.org

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 | matthew.murphy@lifespan.org 

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 | ekaterina.pivovarova@umassmed.edu 

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 | tbv@email.unc.edu

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 | joshua.barocas@bmc.org

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 | hermione.hurley@dhha.org

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 | johanna.madera@yale.edu

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 | kathryn.nowotny@miami.edu

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 | nrybak@lifespan.org

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 | mjzielinski@uams.edu

Melissa J. Zielinski, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Psychiatry. Her program of research aims to inform the development, implementation, and dissemination of interventions for trauma-related sequelae among vulnerable and underserved populations. She is particularly interested in merging science with clinical practice and policy to improve health outcomes among people who are incarcerated or otherwise justice-involved. Dr. Zielinski also continues to study specific emotion-related processes that can inform understanding of trauma-related psychopathology and its treatment (e.g., emotion invalidation, emotion dysregulation, distress intolerance, and rejection sensitivity), with particular interests in processes related to PTSD and borderline personality disorder. Dr. Zielinski’s current focus, supported by a NIDA-funded K23 (2019-2024), is evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of gold-standard psychotherapy for trauma with women and men who have become incarcerated and have a history of substance use disorder.

 

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD | lauren_brinkley@med.unc.edu 

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 | lconner@spalding.edu 

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 | emily.dauria@ucsf.edu 

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 | kimberly.dong@tufts.edu 

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 | noska003@umn.edu 

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 | awurcel@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

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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