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Graduate Degree: Brandeis University
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University
Area of Interest: Criminal Justice Issues
Mentors: Ben Forman, MassINC and Robey Champine, Yale University
Agency: MA Department of Correction
Supervisor: Rhiana Kohl, Executive Director, Department of Strategic Planning and Research
Project Description: Brandy worked at the Massachusetts Department of Correction Office of Strategic Planning & Research. Brandy helped the department better understand the role that substance use and mental illness play in the commission of crime. She started by conducting an extensive literature review, and key informant interviews with research staff. She also attended relevant meetings and hearings to frame the issue. These experiences culminated in the design and implementation of a long term interview based study of inmates which is ongoing and will inform her doctoral dissertation. She intends to publish study findings in a peer reviewed journal in addition to using them to make recommendations for preventive and rehabilitative policies.