At the Services Effectiveness Research Program, I am a co-investigator, analyst, and manager for projects on mental health/substance use services and policy research. Our group conducts longitudinal studies of criminal justice outcomes and crisis-driven service utilization to assess the effects of policies (e.g., mental health-based firearms disqualification) and services (e.g., medication-assisted treatment for substance dependence). As the Behavioral Health Core of the Wilson Center for Science & Justice at Duke School of Law, our research agenda focuses on reducing criminal justice contact among people with mental illness and substance use disorders. We also collaborate with community partners to study and promote the use of psychiatric advance directives. Currently, my research interests center on people with mental illness, substance use, and/or unmet social needs who are stuck in a 'revolving door' of incarceration, crisis care, and detox; I hope this work will make a positive difference in the lives of people in Durham and beyond. I am also interested in the conceptualization of illness and recovery by people with behavioral disorders, specifically the extent to which they endorse and identify with biologically-based explanatory models. My dissertation was on how women with eating disorders understand and interpret the idea that genes play a role in eating disorders.
Education and Training
- Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2010
- Implementing Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws: A Promising Strategy for Gun Violence Prevention
- Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Gun Sales: Comparative effectiveness of different minimum age standards for firearm purchase by adults with youthful crime records in North Carolina, Florida, and Virgin
- Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Gun Sales: Comparative effectiveness of different minimum age standards for firearm purchase by adults with youthful crime records in North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia
- A feasibility study for testing the effects of extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol) on recidivism and other participant outcomes in drug court settings
- Implementing Psychiatric Advance Directives with Peer Specialist Facilitators