Graduate Students

Joel  Joel Cartwright


Joel entered the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University in the fall of 2014. After separating from the U.S. Army, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology followed by a Master of Science in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Joel is currently a research associate in the Violence and Victimization Research Program of the RTI International Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience. He also serves as President-Elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, an officer in the Military Psychology Interest Group (division 19 of the American Psychological Association) and campus representative for the American Psychology-Law Society (division 41 of the APA). Joel’s research interests include violence risk assessment and correlates of violence within people involved in the criminal justice system and military populations.

 Headshot Brunette3 Evan M. Lowder

Evan is a 4th-year graduate student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program. She received her Master of Science degree from NC State in October 2015. As a member of the Forensic Psychology in the Public Interest lab, she has worked as a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator for an evaluation of a coordinated system of care for justice-involved adults with mental illness in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Her research broadly concerns alternatives to incarceration for justice-involved individuals with serious mental illnesses, with specific foci on Mental Health Courts and other diversion programs; the use of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model in justice settings; and the prediction of criminal offending by risk assessment instruments implemented in diversion settings.


Jessica Morgan Jessica K. Morgan


Jess is a fourth-year graduate student in Applied Social and Community Psychology. As a member of the Forensic Psychology in the Public Interest lab, she previously worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory for  Analytic Sciences. She is the Campus Representative for APA’s Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology) and Founder/President of the Military Psychology Interest Group. Her research interests include posttraumatic growth, resilience, and grit, as well as evaluation of pre-deployment and post-deployment training. Jess currently works as a Research Public Health Analyst at RTI in Military Behavioral Health and Wellness, conducting research on PTSD, depression, sleep, suicide, coping, and health-related behaviors. She is currently involved in several studies, including Predeployment Stress Inoculation Training (and heart rate variability bio-assisted feedback), the use of Stellate Ganglion Block to reduce PTSD symptoms, and sexual assault revictimization prevention.


BS 1 Betty-Shannon Prevatt

Betty-Shannon is a third-year doctoral student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University. She received a Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from East Carolina University and has worked in various settings, including owning a private practice focused on reproductive mental health. Betty-Shannon’s current research is focused on assessment of a local peer-support group for women with postpartum mood disorders. Her research interests include prevention and intervention of postpartum mood disorders, examining barriers to healthcare access, and exploring the psychological impact of reproductive technologies. She has taught Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, and Applied Psychology at the undergraduate level at NCSU.


Candalyn 2 cropped Candalyn B. Rade

Candalyn is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University.  She graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (magna cum laude) in 2010 and received her master’s degree from NC State in October of 2014. She has served as the project coordinator for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Coordinated System of Care project and the Miami-Dade County Reinvestment Grant project for the Forensic Psychology in the Public Interest lab. Candalyn has also served as a Community Action Fellow with the North Carolina Community Action Association, participating in data collection and analysis of resources available to ex-offenders in communities across North Carolina for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. She is a student representative for the Society of Community Research and Action (SCRA, division 27 of the APA) Southeast region. Her research interests include stigma toward ex-offenders, access to community-based resources, and successful reentry of justice-involved individuals with and without serious mental illness.  Candalyn’s current research is focused on assessing the mechanisms of stigma and implicit attitudes toward ex-offenders..



Kiersten Kiersten L. Johnson

Kiersten graduated in May 2016 with her PhD in Psychology in the Public Interest program at North Carolina State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. Her primary research interests relate to the study of substance use, violence, and victimization among adults with mental illnesses. She received her master’s degree in May of 2014. For her thesis, Kiersten conducted latent class and multivariable analyses to examine concordance and discordance of drug use indicators in adults with schizophrenia. Her doctoral research explores the violence and victimization overlap among adults with mental illnesses. She is now employed at RTI International.


IMG_4738-002 Anne M. Williams

Anne was a second year masters student in the Psychology in the Public Interest program at North Carolina State University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University in 2011. Before beginning her graduate studies, Anne worked as a project assistant at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Currently, she works as a graduate research assistant in the Forensic PsyPI Lab researching jail-to-community treatment programs for Wake County Jail inmates with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Anne’s other research interests include the psycho-social outcomes of food insecurity and community action coordination around public health issues.

Robin Robin P. Telford

Robin received her PhD from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida in May 2014.  She received her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Marymount University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University at Buffalo.  She completed her dissertation titled “Physical and Mental Health Status of Adults with Serious Mental Illness Participating in a Jail Diversion Intervention” which is focused on exploring the differences in mental and physical health status between adults with serious mental who are and are not justice-involved.  Robin coordinated the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Mental Health Disparities in the United States project, and is a visiting student in the Forensic PsyPI lab. Additionally, her research interests include: (1) physical and mental health comorbidity; (2) justice-involved adults with SMI; (3) jail diversion and reentry programs; (4) violence and victimization; (5) access to resources; (6) longitudinal data analysis; and (7) missing data.