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  • Dr. TaLisa Carter
    Postdoctoral Fellow

    ​Dr. TaLisa J. Carter is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University and worked at the Center for Drug and Health Studies form 2014-2018. While there, Dr. Carter worked on a variety of Criminal Justice related projects including Decision Making Project and observations of specialized courts and research in probation. Through CDHS, Dr. Carter forged invaluable relationships with researchers, practitioners and Criminal Justice institutions within and outside of Delaware. Dr. Carter strengthened her research skills at CDHS, completing three projects as the Principal Investigator in which she designed research plans, collected original data, conducted analysis, and presented executive summaries to criminal justice executives. The best part of working at CDHS for Dr. Carter was “hands down: the people. I miss them already. Good people make work, learning and even statistics so much better.”

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  • Dr. Luye Li
    Assistant Professor

    ​Luye Li (Ph.D. of criminology, University of Delaware) is an assistant professor of criminology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). Prior to joining SUNY Poly, she worked as a data analyst and research assistant in the Center for Drug and Health Studies from 2015 to 2018.  Her researches focus on police legitimacy and procedural justice, intimate partner violence, and comparison of criminal justice systems between China and the United States. Her recent publications appear on Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Journal of Asian Criminology. In SUNY Poly, Luye teaches research method of social sciences and comparative criminal justice. In addition to research and teaching, she is also interested in applying advanced quantitative research method in research on criminal justice. Luye has earned the coursera certificate of machine learning from the Stanford University (License Number: LGT7F4S577F6) since July, 2018.

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  • Laura Adarve, MA
    Prevention Specialist

    Laura Adarve worked at the Center for Drug and health Studies from 2012 to 2014.  After graduating, she was hired at the Latin American Community Center where she is a Prevention Specialist and does outreach to the community, prevention education sessions, partnering with businesses to promote healthy lifestyles, conducting alcohol and drug-free events, attending trainings and professional development opportunities, and referring clients to treatment services and other social services.  While working at the Center, Laura worked on the SPF-SIG project, which was helpful because she became familiar with the Prevention field, its structure, functions, and jargon. Additionally, she learned so much about the way projects are funded and also how to understand politics within service organizations.   Laura's favorite part of working at CDHS was "the variety of projects that were always going on. All of my colleagues participated in different projects, so there was never a lack of activity going on. My other favorite part was having the ability and proper venues to participate in training opportunities that would eventually help me out in my career."

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  • Holly Swan, PhD
    Associate Scientist

    Holly Swan worked at CDHS from 2009 to 2013 on the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS).  One of the most important things that Dr. Swan takes away from her time at CDHS is that networking is everything!  Dr. Swan has been applying this valuable lesson ever since and has developed collaborative relationships with a variety of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. These relationships have been critical for getting involved in projects and in developing successful proposals.  Networking has also been essential for seeking career opportunities.  Dr. Swan's advice to current graduate research assistants is to do not be afraid to put yourself out there.  A place like CDHS provides a lot of opportunities to present research at conferences and to meet other researchers and stakeholders locally and sometimes even nationally as part of projects.  Use every opportunity given to you and seek out others.  Also, no matter what you want your career path to be (academia, applied, something else) use your time at CDHS to get exposed to as many methods and techniques (quantitative and qualitative; design and analysis) as you can.  Those are skills that are transferrable and that make you marketable in every field of research.

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  • Margaret E. Leigey
    Associate Professor

    ​Dr. Leigey is grateful for the opportunities that being a graduate research assistant at CDHS afforded her. She acquired valuable research experience. Much of her current research is qualitative in design. The CDHS projects Dr. Leigey worked on gave her the opportunity to develop interviewing skills. They also provided her with the chance to travel and present at conferences. She is also thankful for the professional contacts she made as a result of my affiliation with CDHS. Dr. Leigey encourages current graduate research assistants to take advantage of the different opportunities available to them at the Center. Say yes! Even if they don’t perfectly align with their interests, they will gain valuable experience and skills which will help them in the future.

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  • Dr. Thomas Mowen
    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Thomas Mowen worked at the Center for Drug and Health Studies from 2012 to 2014.  While at CDHS, he primarily worked on the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Grant (GLS).  In this role, Tom gained experience working on a multi-year federally funded grant and was able to gain hands-on training in data management, reporting, and presenting.

    One part of working on the GLS that he found both important and challenging was the emphasis placed on community outreach as CDHS worked with school-, governmental, and community-based organizations in efforts to promote positive mental health among youth in Delaware.  Dr. Mowen reflects on his experiences, “One of the best parts of working at CDHS was the opportunity to be involved in so many different projects and learning about all the exciting research that goes on in a vibrant research center.”  Tom credits his time at CDHS with helping him develop both research and writing skills.

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  • Dr. Whitney DeCamp
    Associate Professor

    ​Dr. Whitney DeCamp, who is an Associate Professor at Western Michigan University, worked at the Center for Drug and Health Studies from 2007 to 2011 on a number of projects, such as the Delaware School Survey, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, College Risk Behavior Survey, SPF-SIG, and the Delaware School Health Profiles.  For Dr. DeCamp, one of the more helpful aspects of working at the Center was the experience that he gained from managing and analyzing large datasets, which has been invaluable and helps him with nearly everything he does!  Dr. DeCamp also got great experience learning about the research process, how to establish and maintain vital connections in the research community, and how to responsibly delegate to and to supervise those assisting with research.  Dr. DeCamp states that his favorite part of working at CDHS was "the people who I got to work with. I always enjoyed coming to work, even on days when I had a lot of work to do, and it was because it was a great environment to work in."

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