Graduate Students

Christine Brugh, B.A.

Christine entered the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program in Fall 2014, after graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from American University. She currently serves as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, where she works on projects related to terrorism, radicalization, and risk. She is also a Graduate Student Affiliate with the Center for Family & Community Engagement. Christine is broadly interested in the application of rigorous research methods to emergent problem areas and program evaluation. Her current research efforts investigate heterogeneity across contexts and actors, examining between group differences in the characteristics and outcomes of individuals involved in terrorism.

Courtney Wade, B.A.

Courtney is a 3rd-year Counseling M.Ed. student at North Carolina State University. She received her BA in 2014 from the Psychology Honors Program at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the Forensic Psychology in the Public Interest Lab in Spring 2017, Courtney worked in settings such as the Rhode Island Family Court; Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior; an Assertive Community Outreach Team in Providence, RI; and a DC-based community center for men struggling with homelessness and food insecurity. Courtney currently serves as a Master's Intern at the NC State University Counseling Center. Her research interests include the utility and cultural validity of risk assessment and mental health screening, program evaluation, correctional and acute-care settings, and severe mental illness.

Samantha A. Zottola, M.A.

Samantha entered the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University in the fall of 2017. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University and has spent time working as a Psychometrist for a Juvenile Court in Ohio. There she conducted testing for delinquency, competency, bindover, and child custody evaluations. Her research interests include the impact of mental health status on the validity of violence risk assessment and assessing risk in populations for which there are few established measures. She is also interested in improving access to treatment and treatment outcomes in incarcerated populations.

Sarah E. Duhart Clarke, B.S.

Sarah entered the Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University in the fall of 2018. Prior to coming to NC State, Sarah received her B.S. in Psychology from Western Oregon University, conducted research on psychiatric forensic inpatients at Oregon State Hospital, and assisted on various research studies on characteristics and treatments of substance use.  She is also currently a public health analyst in the Behavioral Health Division at RTI International, where she conducts studies on the effectiveness of state-level policies, as well as various aspects of opioid use and treatment within the opioid overdose epidemic. Her research interests include violence risk assessment, public policy effects on crime and substance use, and how to improve individual outcomes for justice-involved adults.

Graduate Student Alumni 2018

Joel Cartwright

Joel K. Cartwright graduated in July 2018 with his PhD in Applied Social and Community Psychology program at North Carolina State University. 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. Dr. Cartwright is now a research psychologist in the Court Systems Research Program of the RTI International Center for Courts and Corrections Research. Dr. Cartwright’s research efforts focus on the assessment of criminogenic risks and behavioral health needs in justice-involved adolescents and adults with specific emphasis on military populations, veterans, and adults with mental illness.

Betty-Shannon Prevatt

Betty-Shannon is a fourth-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.

Graduate Student Alumni

Evan M. Lowder

Evan Marie Lowder joined the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in 2017 after completing her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Her work has focused broadly on strategies to reduce offending and improve behavioral health outcomes among justice-involved adults, with specific focus on adults with serious mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. Her research has been published in journals including Law and Human Behavior, Assessment, and Psychiatric Services. Her current research concerns opioid overdose and overdose prevention strategies, risk and needs assessment among justice-involved adults, and the design and implementation of targeted interventions for justice-involved adults with behavioral health disorders.

Candalyn B. Rade

Candalyn B. Rade is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Rade earned her M.S from the Psychology in the Public Interest program and her Ph.D. from the Applied Social and Community Psychology program, both at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rade takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research that draws from community psychology, social psychology, and criminal justice. Her research focuses on (1) successful community reentry after justice system involvement, including barriers to reentry, stigma toward formerly incarcerated persons, and access to community-based services; and (2) assessment and treatment for justice-involved adults with serious mental illnesses. Dr. Rade teaches in the undergraduate psychology program and the Community Psychology and Social Change graduate program at Penn State Harrisburg.

Jessica K. Morgan

Jessica Morgan is now a research psychologist in RTI International’s Military and Family Risk Behavior Research Program. Dr. Morgan earned her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in Applied Social and Community Psychology. Her research interests include the facilitation of posttraumatic growth, resilience, and grit in the military, as well the evaluation of pre-deployment and post-deployment training. In addition, she is interested in veterans’ experiences of readjustment to civilian life and the range of veterans’ experiences on the combat stress continuum. Dr. Morgan is currently working on evaluations of heart rate variability biofeedback-assisted resilience training and stellate ganglion blocks to reduce posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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.

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 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.