Carrie Pettus-Davis is the director of the Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation
. She has an active portfolio of research and direct practice experience centered on criminal justice. Her work in this area has been recognized with several awards, including a prestigious Impact Award for conducting research of high significance.
Pettus-Davis focuses her research on decarceration of American prisons and jails through policy reform and behavioral intervention development. Pettus-Davis is particularly interested in the ways in which policies can be transformed to reduce racial and economic disparities within the criminal justice system. She concentrates her behavioral intervention research on working with community partners to develop and test interventions to enhance positive social support, reduce substance abuse, and respond to trauma experiences among justice-involved adults.
Pettus-Davis teaches courses in the evaluation of programs and services, substance abuse, and criminal justice.