Carrie Pettus-Davis, assistant professor, is founding director of the Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation and co-founder and co-director of the Smart Decarceration Initiative. Professor Pettus-Davis oversees research to better understand factors and disseminate practices that will dramatically reduce incarceration rates.
She has served as assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University since 2011. Prior to joining academia, she spent more than a decade designing and delivering programs in criminal justice and community settings. Building on her social work practice experience, Professor Pettus-Davis focuses her research on the development and implementation of innovative services and policies impacting adults in the criminal justice system and their loved ones. She aims to advance science and practice in ways that will redress racial, economic and behavioral health disparities among justice-involved populations. She is helping to lead public-private-academic partnerships committed to accelerating the research-to practice-to policy engagement feedback loop.
Professor Pettus-Davis completed her doctorate in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a master of social work administration and bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology from the University of Kansas.