Julia is the Project Coordinator for the PRISM Project. She graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University with a MA in Clinical Psychology, and from University of Puget Sound with a BA in Psychology and International Relations. Her previous research has focused on reducing the negative impact of racial bias in the police force by changing the officer hiring process. Julia has spent the majority of career working directly with the severely mentally ill and forensic population in community settings. She is passionate about research examining the intersection of mental healthcare and criminal justice reform.
Priscilla is the San Francisco Research Assistant for the Interventions Project. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is interested in evaluating the psychological perspectives that contribute to the incarceration of youth and the subsequent outcomes of remediation. Priscilla intends on pursing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology.
Amanda Sadri is the Project Coordinator for the PRISM Study, where she is studying the problem of violence in closed forensic units at Napa State Hospital. Her research interests are the development of psychopathy and offending behavior, and particularly violence risk assessments and risk-reducing interventions.
Miranda Shen is a second-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a double major in Data Science and Psychology. Her research interests lie in the interdisciplinary connections between her two majors, including intelligence analysis, alongside recidivism reduction and factors contributing to violence. Miranda plans on pursuing graduate studies in a related field to further combine her coding interests with her passion in criminal psychology.
Dr Montoya is a postdoctoral fellow jointly appointed at UNC Chapel Hill and UC Berkeley. She has been a part of the Risk Resilience Lab since 2016; since then, her role has been as a biostatistician, applying causal inference estimation and inference techniques for randomized and observational studies to various projects. Currently, her research in the lab involves point-treatment and longitudinal causal inference methods to study individualized interventions for reducing recidivism among adult offenders with mental illness.
Jaclyn Chambers is a doctoral student at the School of Social Welfare. Her research interests center on the intersection of social work and the legal system, with a particular emphasis on crossover youth who are dually involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Jaclyn was a research coordinator for several randomized controlled trials focused on substance abuse prevention and intervention. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.S.W. from New York University.
Luyi Jian is a doctoral student at the School of Social Welfare. Her research interests include criminal justice, prevention and intervention of youth antisocial behavior, with a focus on developmentally wise interventions. Before pursuing her master’s degree in social work, Luyi was a police officer in Shanghai, China. She was the core member of a research project that examined the geographic patterns and behavioral characteristics of adult serial burglars. During her MSW program, she investigated young fathers in jails and explored associations between father-child relationship, behavioral health factors, and recidivism. Luyi holds a B.E. from Tongji University, an M.S. from People’s Public Security University of China, and an M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Sajia Darwish is a Graduate Student Researcher currently enrolled as a masters student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research interests center on using empirical methods to understand and solve problems in health and education. Sajia holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a M.A. from Stanford University.
Shivani is a final year undergraduate enrolled in the Dual BA Program between Sciences Po Paris and UC Berkeley. She majored in History, Politics, and International Relations at Sciences Po and is majoring in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Shivani has a keen interest in postcolonialism, human rights issues, especially when it comes to exploring intersectionality and criminal justice issues. She hopes to pursue public and social welfare policy in Grad school and wants to explore these from a gendered lens.
Scarlett Saunders is a second-year graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Master of Public Policy program. She has worked for the Department of Justice, AmeriCorps, and the Fulbright Student Program in Brazil. In her career, she plans to reduce opportunity barriers for marginalized youth through improved criminal justice, housing, and social welfare policies.
Komal Ahluwalia is a fourth-year international undergraduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing a major in Comparative Literature. She is passionate about the intersection between the arts and mental health and the potential for writing to mitigate trauma and improve mental health in vulnerable populations. Her research interests include pathology writing and the limits of language. She intends to pursue graduate studies to further explore the intersection between literature and psychology.
Yusra Arub is a third-year student at UC Berkeley and is majoring in Urban Studies. She is passionate about the intersection of human-centered design and innovation in serving the marginalized community. She joined the Risk Resilience Lab as a research apprentice to explore interventions and healthcare policies to deliver higher-quality, safer, compassionate care for those in need.
Valerie is a third year transfer student pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in the field of cognition and psychology. She is especially passionate about the aging population with regard to neurodegenerative disorders and how untreated mental illness may result in homelessness or a criminal record
Mary-Lynn Garrett is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and lead trainer on the Interventions Project at the University of California Berkeley. She obtained her Master's in Social Work with Community Mental Health focus from UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. She has two decades of experience working with adults with mental illness and severe medical and psycho-social needs in San Francisco. She makes use of her previous training in mental health treatment within the framework of the Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Core Curriculum (CBI-CC) designed by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. She is certified as lead trainer of CBI-CC, provides training and consultation to the facilitators for the San Francisco site of the Interventions Project and coordinates all the groups delivered there. She also serves as the lead facilitator providing CBI-CC group sessions in San Francisco not only in community settings, but also the county jail. Ms. Garrett focuses her training and group facilitation to maintain strong alignment with the risk-need-responsivity-fidelity principle and with primary focus on addressing criminogenic factors among the group participants.
Stephania Hayes is a PhD Candidate at the School of Social Welfare. Her dissertation focuses on job-related stress and associated consequences experienced by peer support specialists employed in mental health organizations, including how such stress is affected by training or workplace conditions. Stephania brings to the lab her experience in mental health program administration (with special interests in innovation and evaluation), clinical assessment, and “big data” management. Her recent work synthesized several administrative databases from the state of Victoria, Australia to help examine the utility of outpatient civil commitment in their population of mental health service users over twelve years. Stephania holds a BA in Health Science from the University of Florida, an MA in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, and certification as a Peer Support Specialist.
Orly Bell received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2014. While completing her degree, Orly worked as a research assistant under Dr.'s Ron Dahl and Silvia Bunge investigating the relationship between sleep, puberty and risk taking behavior. Orly loves working with children of all ages and is particularly interested in the changes that occur throughout development. As a lab manager, Orly is responsible for overseeing all administrative tasks related to research projects and for training research assistants. She is also a lab manager for Dr. Ron Dahl's Youth Development Lab. Through her work with Dr. Dahl and Dr. Skeem she has realized that she wants to learn more about how to translate research into policy and practice. Orly is starting medical school in the fall and hopes to work in pediatrics, and she hopes to learn how to help translate science into clinical practice so that she can implement it in her practice
Leah Jacobs is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare. Leah’s scholarship traces the way in which sociostructural factors increase or decrease marginality among individuals labeled as “mentally ill.” Her dissertation investigates the degree to which spatial signifiers of social disadvantage explain enhanced risk of recidivism. Leah holds a B.S. in psychology from Northeastern University, an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning/Child Development from Tufts University, and an M.S.W. from UC Berkeley.
Research Assistant - Sonoma
Kathryn has been a Research Assistant with the Interventions project based in Sonoma, for the past three years. She graduated from Sonoma state University with a degree in psychology. She has always had a love for knowledge and research, and sharing what she has learned. Her research interest center around cognition, in specific anxiety. Kathryn hopes to one day gain her PhD to continue on as a Professor so that she may keep learning and researching within the world of psychology and mental health.
Nidhi is a Survey Researcher for the Napa PRISM project. She graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare, and a minor in Disability Studies. She is passionate about working with people with disabilities and is interested in doing research on the intersection between the child welfare system, psychology, and disabilities.