CJRT Participants


Lauren Brinkley-RubinsteinLauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine/Center for Health Equity Research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Brinkley-Rubinstein’s research interests include how incarceration can act as a catalyst  for worsening health, as well as transgender populations and HIV.
Contact: lauren_brinkley@med.unc.edu


Emily Dauria, PhD, MPH, is an Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV T32 PostdocEmily Dauriatoral Fellow at Brown University. Dr. Dauria is interested in employing mixed methods to explore issues related to substance use and HIV/STIs among criminal justice involved juveniles and adults. She has a particular focus on how criminal justice involvement at the individual, dyadic, and community level contribute to sexual and reproductive health disparities among women. Contact: emily_dauria@brown.edu

Kimberly Dong
Kimberly Dong, MS, RD is a DrPH student at Tufts University. Ms. Dong’s research interests include improving dietary quality in correctional facilities to achieve better physical and mental health outcomes, with a particular emphasis on individuals with HIV, as well as reducing food insecurity upon release from prison.
Contact: Kimberly.Dong@tufts.edu

 Laneshia McCord

Laneshia McCord, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte School of Social Work. Dr. McCord’s research interests include health behaviors among incarcerated persons age 50 and older, how conditions of imprisonment can exacerbate HIV risk behaviors among this special population, and how lack of geriatric accommodations in the prison system intensifies risk behaviors and comorbidities.
Contact: lmccord@uncc.edu


Amanda NoskaAmanda Noska, MD MPH is an Infectious Disease Fellow at Brown University. Dr. Noska’s research interests include the overlap between injection drug use, sex exchange, depression, and abuse history as this relates to transmission of HIV and hepatitis C among women with histories of incarceration. Contact: amanda_noska@brown.edu


Alysse Wurcel

Alysse Wurcel, MD MS holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in theDepartment of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center and the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine.  Dr. Wurcel’s research interests include investigating the costs health care of incarcerated populations with HIV and HCV and developing strategies to increase access to HCV treatment for inmates.


Kathryn N Kathryn M. Nowotny, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami. Dr. Nowotny completed her PhD in sociology and demography at the University of Colorado Boulder and is the recipient of an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship. Her research examines health issues, including comorbidities and health service utilization, among criminal justice involved populations.


Zielinski_PhotoMelissa Zielinski, PhD, is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Zielinski’s training background is in clinical psychology, and her research interests include development, implementation, and dissemination of interventions for addressing the links among interpersonal trauma, health outcomes, and substance use for justice-involved women. Contact: MJZielinski@uams.edu.


JohannaJohanna Elumn Madera, PhD, MSW, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Elumn Madera’s research interests focus on community violence, trauma exposure, and the criminal justice system’s impact on the health and mental health of individuals, families, and communities.


Hermione Hurley MD-1Hermione Hurley, MBChB, BE is an Infectious Disease fellow at Colorado University.  Her experience with justice involved patients began while working as the director for the Correctional Care Medical Facility at Denver Health Hospital.  Her research interests include identifying opportunities for Hepatitis C treatment after release from prison or jail, especially for persons who inject drugs.


Joshua Barocas, MD, is a Clinical and Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Barocas’ research interests include the comparative- and cost-effectiveness of interventions to identify and treat HIV, HCV, and substance use disorders using computational biology and clinical epidemiology.