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Carrie Pettus-Davis

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Carrie Pettus-Davis

Phone: 314-935-4777


Research interests:

Intervention research

Criminal justice

Substance abuse

Mental health

Social support


Assistant Professor Carrie Pettus-Davis has an active portfolio of research and direct practice experience focused on criminal justice and the needs of prison populations, including recently released prisoners. Her work in this area has earned her several awards including a prestigious Impact Award for conducting research of high significance.

Dr. Pettus-Davis places high importance on establishing university-criminal justice collaborations in order to achieve mutually beneficial applied research and practice goals. She collaborates with community practitioners to develop practical research trials and apply corrective modeling approaches to intervention development and testing. Dr. Pettus-Davis’ intervention research focuses on social support networks, substance use disorders, and trauma experiences in justice-involved adults with the aim of interrupting the cycle of incarceration.

Dr. Pettus-Davis completed her doctorate in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She holds a Masters of Social Work Administration and bachelor's degrees in social work and psychology, all from the University of Kansas. Dr. Pettus-Davis joined the Brown School in July 2011. She teaches courses in the evaluation of programs and services, substance abuse and criminal justice.


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