Advisory Board & Directors

The Center would like to thank the following individuals for their time and insight regarding Center activities and growth:


Scott A. AllenProfessor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the University of California, Riverside

Dr. Allen is an internist who has worked in the correctional field for over 15 years, including seven years as a full time physician at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and including three as Medical Program Director (2001-2004). He has spoken and written about a number of correctional health and human rights issues, including hepatitis C in prisons and the obligations of health professionals in protecting the human rights of inmate patients in detention. He has focused much of his work on the conflicts and obligations to medical professionalism in correctional medicine settings, including the ethical role of physicians and in the management of hunger strikes and the obligations of physicians and other health professionals in preventing the abuse of prisoners and detainees. He has served as a Court appointed expert to the federal courts and an independent expert in jail and prison health cases. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Prisoner Health.

Josiah D. Rich | Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Attending Physician, the Miriam Hospital; Co-Founder of the Centers for AIDS-Research collaboration in HIV in corrections (CFAR-CHIC) initiative

Dr. Josiah “Jody” Rich research centers on infectious diseases and addiction, predominantly in justice-involved populations. Dr. Rich has advocated for public health policy changes to improve the health of people with addiction, including improving legal access to sterile syringes and increasing drug treatment for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations.

He has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is Principal Investigator of three R01’s, one R21 and a K24 focused on incarcerated and/or substance-using populations. A consultant on the American International Health Alliance funded by Providence-Togliatti, Sumara, Russia exchange project, he is also the Director and co-founder of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center.

Board Members

Curt G. BeckwithAssociate Professor of Medicine, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Beckwith’s work focuses on developing innovative HIV testing, linkage, and retention programs for vulnerable populations. He is the co-leader of the Prisoner Health and Human Rights Scientific Program of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research, is the Associate Director of the Brown University Infectious Diseases Fellowship, and is an active HIV provider in Providence, RI.

Jennifer Clarke | Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Clarke research primarily focuses on the health of incarcerated populations, women’s health, substance abuse, and reproductive health. She is the recipient of R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate tobacco abstinence after incarceration and contraceptive choices among incarcerated women.

Michael Fine | Director, Rhode Island Department of Health

Timothy P. FlaniganProfessor of Medicine, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Flanigan developed the HIV Core Program at the State Prison to provide care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upon release, where over 70% of individuals in Rhode Island who are HIV infected link with primary medical care. Dr. Flanigan has been PI on two HRSA-funded studies to develop combined therapy for opiate addiction and HIV, as well as a model program of linkage to care for HIV positive person’s leaving jail.

Dr. Flanigan is also associate director of The Miriam/Brown Fogarty Program which trains and mentors overseas investigators in HIV/AIDS. He was the recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved HIV infected individuals.

Michelle McKenzie

Amy S. Nunn | Executive Director, the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research), Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the School of Public Health

Dr. Nunn’s work centers around health disparities and the development of community-based programs to test for and treat HIV and HCV. She is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute (RIPHI), whose mission is to promote community health and to eliminate health disparities in Rhode Island and beyond. The Institute partners with Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health to develop innovative public health programs, conduct translational and policy research, and train students and public health practitioners. She has also written numerous peer-reviewed articles and a book about Brazil’s AIDS treatment program.

She has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, the Rhode Island Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. She received the “Outstanding New Researcher Award” at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar.

Sol Rodriguez | Executive Director, OpenDoors

Sol Rodriguez has worked to restore voting rights for RI residents on Probation and Parole, reforming the states policies on collecting court fines and fees, decriminalizemarijuana, and the expansion of Drug Court. She also developed the first supportive housing project for formerly incarcerated persons in RI.

Jonny Skye | Executive Director, Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE)

Jonny Skye is the Executive Director of RISE, a Providence-based nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty, crime, and addiction by ensuring the educational success of children with incarcerated parents. She is a seasoned advocate for high quality, accessible and equitable systems of education and has focused her work in urban environments. Prior posts include District Reform Facilitator at the Providence School Department, Founder and Director of USE, a social issues media company, and Consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Lyn Stein | Professor of Clinical Pyschology, University of Rhode Island

Professor Stein’s work focuses on in substance abuse and other risky behaviors in forensic populations, especially juveniles, treatment and assessment of these behaviors including issues related to ethnic/racial bias.

Joel Thompson

Elizabeth Tobin Tyler | Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Advocacy, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the School of Public Health

Elizabeth Tobin Tyler’s work focuses on the intersection of health disparities, social determinants of health, law and policy. She is an expert in medical-legal partnerships.

Fred Vohr | Medical Program Director, Rhode Island Department of Corrections; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine