College of Social Work
The Florida State University
July/August 2020

Prioritizing rapid dissemination of research findings to advocates, professionals, and policymakers.
Dear IJRD Team –

Since March, we have worked hard to transform uncertainly into resilience at IJRD. The past few months have been filled with big events nationally and big transitions for our team. Together, we are living and working during a global health pandemic, we watched as our nation began to actively grapple with the deep racial inequities we research every day in our work at IJRD, and we said goodbye to many members of our 5-Key Model Phase 1 team. I don't have words to express my sorrow and my gratitude.

Below, please read more about our team's updates and accomplishments from this summer. Our personal well-being section features team members' strategies for managing 'crisis fatigue' during our new lives at home. 

This has been so hard and as a team, we have had so many great successes. I am so proud to lead this team! 

With admiration,

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Happy Birthday!

Sara Julian    Jul 10
Megan Vogt    Jul 20
Connie Conway    Jul 25
Amberly Prykhodko    Jul 28
Faye Miller    Jul 29

Dominique Robinson-Scott    Aug 3
Leticia Martinez    Aug 5
Teisha Sanders    Aug 6
Gregory Stevens    Aug 10
April Barksdale    Aug 11
Aliyah Henry    Aug 11
Lauren Herod    Aug 14
Mariah Johnson    Aug 15
Stephanie Kennedy    Aug 18
Kathryn Casello Aug 19
Janeen Piotrowski    Aug 21
Jennifer Garbin    Aug 26
Happy Work-a-versary!
2 years!
Stephanie Kennedy
Kerensa Lockwood
LaVonda Minter

1 year!
Kathryn Casello
Rachel Fulmer
Kandace Jernigan
Megan Vogt
Thank you Phase 1 Team Members!

Our Project Director, Teisha Sanders, reflects on our 5-Key Model Phase 1 staff who recently completed implementing, researching, and monitoring the roll-out of the 5-Key Model in Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.


There are so many words that could be said that still would not fully capture how grateful I am to have worked alongside the amazing people who made up the 5-Key Model Phase 1 team. 

I am grateful for my time spent learning from each person and witnessing the passion expressed by all for the important work that we do! Our Phase 1 team aimed high and finished strong. They each helped set the standard for what it means to work collaboratively as a team on such a large scale project, and did so with such grace and professionalism.

The hard work and devotion from each and every team member is always at the forefront of my thoughts, and I am so very appreciative of the time and effort it took from everyone on the ground to make this project what is today! From the long days traveling to and from prison sites to the unwavering diligence and creative approaches used to track down participants – these tireless efforts go a long way to ensuring the success of this project, and the contributions each Phase 1 team member made helped shape the path for how we reach our goals today and going forward. Not only that, but team members – through their constructive feedback and resourceful ideas to further engage with participants – provided a terrific opportunity for learning and growth, which helped support the work of team members to come behind them and IJRD collectively.

I am confident that each and every team member will continue to blaze a trail wherever their career paths lie ahead, and I hope you are proud of the momentous impact you had on this project and will continue to have in the future!  

With Deepest Gratitude and Appreciation,


Welcome Aboard!

We warmly welcome April Barksdale who joins us as a Community Engagement Associate in South Carolina. April brings transformative lived experiences and leadership roles with several nonprofit organizations in South Carolina to her work at IJRD. Welcome!

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Please join us in welcoming Dominique Robinson-Scott as an RAS for the Indiana Team. Dominique brings a wealth of experience in case management and behavioral health service provision with juveniles and adults in community corrections. Welcome! 

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Professional Development Update
The professional development arm of IJRD is currently partnering with agencies to create and facilitate customized trainings. After our Founding Executive Director, Carrie Pettus-Davis, participated in the recent Congressional Briefing on social work and the future of policing, we received requests to meet and discuss IJRD’s work with several agencies. Currently, we are creating customized trainings and consulting on how IJRD can partner with them to continue to advance science, practice, and policy to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities impacted by criminal justice involvement.
We are also working with several law enforcement agencies to develop trainings to help officers to recognize and manage their own post-traumatic stress reactions and decrease trauma symptoms like impulsivity, aggression, and hyper-reactivity. In addition, we are partnering with a law enforcement agency to incorporate de-escalation and interpersonal communication skills into their use-of-force training.
New Report Released!
Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, Tanya Renn, Assistant Director, and Stephanie Kennedy, Director of Research Dissemination released a new report, Trauma and Loss During Reentry, which explores the extremely stressful life events that individuals participating in the 5-Key Model study experienced after releasing from incarceration and returning home. 

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Personal & Professional Accomplishments

Johnny Kim, our Faculty Associate from the University of Denver, was recently promoted from Associate to Full Professor. His teaching areas include clinical social work theory and practice, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and school social work. With over 50 publications, Dr. Kim is also the Chair of the Research Committee for the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and serves on the editorial board for several journals.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our team members who graduated from Florida State University this summer!

Kathryn Casello earned an MSW, and Rachel Fulmer, Kiauna Reed, and Megan Vogt all earned both an MSW and a MS in Criminology!

Sierra Ross earned a Juris Master with a concentration in Healthcare Regulation from the FSU College of Law!

Carrie Pettus-Davis, our Founding Executive Director, delivered the keynote address at the Reconnect2Success Reentry Virtual Event. Her talk was entitled, “Early lessons gained from a seven-state study on the evidence-driven 5-Key Model for Reentry.”
Amberly Pryhodko, Director of Clinical and Professional Services, and Jessica Le, Project Manager, presented a talk at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.

The presentation raised awareness about high rates of sexual trauma among men with incarceration histories and detailed how the 5-Key Model addresses common post-traumatic reactions to sexual trauma for men returning home from prison.

Katie Morphonios, our Data Analyst and Manager, recently joined the REDCap FAQ Committee! As our in-house expert on REDCap, Katie is now helping users optimize their own use of REDCap to amplify their data storage solutions.

Click the image to learn more about Katie, click here to learn more about REDCap.

Stephanie Kennedy, our Director of Research Dissemination published two articles focused on the experiences of incarcerated women with colleagues from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Columbia University.

Click the image to access these and all of our academic publications!

Lauren Herod, one of our Graduate Research Assistants, was selected to be in the Supermajority Education Fund's inaugural Majority Leaders cohort. Majority Leaders is a program comprised of young female leaders who develop community organizing and advocacy skills over a 6-week curriculum. 

Click the image to learn more about Lauren, and click here to learn more about the Supermajority Education Fund.

Event Reports
Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, addressed Congress as part of a panel on social work and policing. on June 30. During the event, she emphasized pursuing evidence-driven solutions to promote racial equity and reduce racial disparities.

“This is life or death. We cannot use anecdotal evidence or best guesses anymore.”  

Click the image to watch the recorded video and click here to access the data-driven policy recommendations Carrie proposed during this event. 
IJRD virtually convened the Prosecution Research Network on July 13-14 in collaboration with our partners at the Equitas Project (an initiative of Mental Health Colorado). 

The 2020 Prosecution Research Network Summit provided an opportunity for leaders and decision-makers in prosecution from every region of the country to identify research and policy strategies to improve health, reduce incarceration, and increase national safety, prosperity, and well-being. A co-authored initial draft for the 2020 Framework for Prosecution and Public Health was also developed during the summit.

Click the image to learn more about this innovative project!
The Learning Corner
Click to watch Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to be an Antiracist," in conversation with Prince George's Community College President, Dr. Charlene Dukes. The talk highlights key themes from Kendi's book and identifies avenues for improving outcomes among Black Americans. 
Click the image to watch a brief video describing the rationale behind our not providing resource lists to participants who have been randomly assigned to the control group. Carrie Pettus-Davis, Founding Executive Director, is joined by Stephen Tripodi, Associate Director, Tanya Renn, Assistant Director, and Johnny Kim, Faculty Associate. 

Join Unlocking Doors - one of our community partners in Texas - for their annual reentry symposium on Sept 29th from 9-12:30 CST.

This year, the event will be held virtually so all can attend! The event is free, but registration is required - click the image to learn more!
Faculty from the University of California - Berkley's colleges of Law, Sociology, and African American Studies programs hosted a roundtable discussion on the intersection of Race and the Criminal Justice System on July 27th. 

Click the image to watch the recorded event. 

Click the image to learn from scholars, educators, and advocates across the nation working on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work through free webinars!

Webinars on a range of topics are ongoing, and recordings of past webinars are posted on the website! 
Of Interest
Listen to Founding Executive Director, Carrie Pettus-Davis, in an interview with The Texas Standard about the serious traumatic events many individuals experience after they leave incarceration and return home.

During the interview, Carrie also describes the ways communities can help these individuals heal and thrive and mentions the $1 Trillion social cost of incarceration.

Check out this web story about how IJRD is working to achieve racial and economic equity while managing the effects of our communities' responses to the spread of COVID-19. Click the image to read more! 

Our work over the past year at IJRD was featured in the FSU College of Social Work's 2019-2020 Communitas magazine! Click the image to read the article, or click here to read the full publication!
Click the image to read an article featuring our most recent Quarterly Report!

The article details how trauma and loss complicated the lives of individuals as they leave incarceration and return home!
Well-Being Corner
We are all living, working, and growing during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. This puts each of us at risk for "Crisis Fatigue" as we manage the effects of existing in survival mode for extended periods of time without the ability to reach out to our usual support systems in the same ways we have in the past. 

Click the image for strategies on avoiding burnout during a pandemic and managing the long-term fatigue of physical and social distancing. Below, we share some resources and highlight how our team members are alleviating stress and finding ways to connect with their loved ones. 

Connecting with nature is an excellent way to stay mentally healthy during this time. Better Homes and Gardens has a great set of tips to help start gardening. Or if your own backyard isn't quite your speed, here's an article about how to enjoy public nature spaces in a responsible way. The image was sent to us by Rebekah Elliott, Multisite Project Director, and showcases the backyard garden she's created!

If you've ever wanted to learn how to sing or play an instrument - now may be the perfect time! Lauren Herod, Graduate Research Assistant, sent in this image showing how she's been using "Yousician" to relearn the piano! 

Lauren also notes that YouTube has a wealth of tutorials for every instrument and you can even access many professional vocal coaches for free!
Many have also been using this time to begin or strengthen mindfulness and fitness habits.

We heard from many team members who have been walking, running, or cycling for fitness. Others were deepening their yoga practice with Yoga on High and practicing yoga with their children using Cosmic Kids Yoga

We also found out about several mindfulness apps that can help you manage stress and improve focus!
We are all missing in-person connections during this time. Some team members told us about having "physically distant friend dates," walking, hiking, and finding other low-risk ways to responsibly socialize without screens.

We also heard how some team members were able to engage in their favorite activities virtually! Check out these Online Bar Trivia nights and see if your city is bringing back the drive-in theatre! If you're missing game night with friends, check out this article about how to move your game online! 

The FSU Employee Assistance Program is also a free, confidential service that provides a professional support system for all FSU employees.

The EAP has assisted thousands of employees through professional, personal and family issues. 

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You can learn more about our media coverage, access podcasts and interviews, link to press conferences, and read all of our scholarship on our website

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