The Research Team

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Lab Director

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein is an Associate Professor of Social Medicine at UNC – Chapel Hill. She conceptualizes the criminal legal system as a structural determinant of health that impacts people, families, and communities. She co-founded the COVID Prison Project and has used this infrastructure to launch the Third City Project--a big data project that tracks and collects publicly available health and health policy data from carceral systems. Other recent work focuses on substance use, HIV prevention, and underscoring how mass incarceration is an integral facet of structural racism.

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD

Lab Director

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Lab Manager

Sarah Morgan, MSW

Sarah Morgan is the Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab Manager. She graduated from UNC in 2009 with a B.A. In Psychology and English. She completed her social work training in 2012 at the UNCG/NCATSU Joint Masters of Social Work Program. Sarah has worked in clinical research for nearly 10 years.  Broadly, her research interests include the impact of early adverse childhood experiences on developmental trajectories throughout the lifespan of the individual.

Sarah Morgan, MSW

Lab Manager

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Policy Analyst, 3rd City Project

Forrest Behne, BS

Forrest Behne is a policy analyst at the Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab. He was incarcerated for nearly two years because of a little-understood medical condition. Since being released through clemency by Ohio’s governor, he is inspired to help those affected by the criminal-legal system. He speaks at universities, for non-profits, and with lawmakers about his experiences and was a core member of the COVID Prison Project leadership. His research interests now include carceral policies, health inequities, and the collateral consequences of incarceration

Forrest Behne, BS

Policy Analyst, 3rd City Project

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Graduate Research Assistant, SPECS

Hannah Camp, BA

Hannah Camp is currently a grad student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, getting her Master's in Public Health and Social Work. Prior to going back to school, Hannah worked in women's and reproductive health advocacy and sexual assault hotline support in Washington, DC. Her research interests and passion revolve around trauma and adverse childhood experiences and how they impact sexual and reproductive health equity.

Hannah Camp, BA

Graduate Research Assistant, SPECS

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Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Breana Castonguay, MPH

Breana Castonguay began her public health career as a community organizer in Fresno, California.  The experience inspired her to obtain a Master’s in Public Health at The George Washington University with a focus on Community Oriented Primary Care. In graduate school, a Health Disparities course introduced her to the crack  and cocaine sentencing disparities and mass incarceration policies.  Her research interests are inspired by these unjust policies and include working with people living with HIV in the criminal justice system and PrEP as prevention. 

Breana Castonguay, MPH

Recruitment & Retention Specialist

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Project Coordinator, PIERS

Alice Cates, MS

Alice Cates is site coordinator of the JCOIN PIERS study at the Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab. She received her bachelor degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and a M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston School of Public Health in 2008. Alice has worked in public health research for over 10 years in Texas, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS and the health disparities affecting populations involved in the criminal justice system.

Alice Cates, MS

Project Coordinator, PIERS

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Project Coordinator, SPECS

Christopher Corsi, BA

Chris Corsi is the Project Coordinator for the SPECS study and former Co-Coordinator of the COVID Prison Project. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. His public health career began in interpersonal violence-prevention and sexual health promotion at the intersection of education, data collection, and project coordination. He has since expanded this work to better understand the interplay of systems across broad health outcomes and how data can be used to shine light on health disparities. His research interests include the social determinants of health and the impacts of trauma.

Christopher Corsi, BA

Project Coordinator, SPECS

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Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Zaire Cullins, BA

Zaire Cullins recently graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. After graduation, she plans to continue doing research before pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology. In 2020, she worked as a field organizer on a congressional campaign where she developed an interest in the impact of race and class inequality on mental health.

Zaire Cullins, BA

Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

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Graduate Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Sarah Grundy, BA

Sara Grundy is a 2nd year MPH student in the Global Health concentration at the UNC and a 4th year medical student at Duke. She is planning on pursuing residency in Ob/Gyn and has a research interest in policies related to treatment of incarcerated patients while hospitalized and care available within the criminal justice system, specifically related to pregnancy, delivery, lactation, and family planning. 

Sarah Grundy, BA

Graduate Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Graduate Research Assistant

Orobosa Idehen, BS

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Orobosa is a Public Health graduate student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Health Promotion and Behavior with a minor in Global Health. She was involved in many qualitative research projects, including the Parents and Children Together (PACT) project and the UGA Flu Study which focused on how exposure to chronic and acute stress is associated with antibody production following vaccination.
 
  In her transition from the urban context of Brooklyn, NY to Gwinnett, GA, and now Durham, NC, Orobosa's lived experiences have made her keen on understanding the implications of inequitable systems on communities, particularly of color. As a health policy student, she hopes to sharpen her skills in research, advocacy, and policy analysis to influence policy that would result in systems change.

Orobosa Idehen, BS

Graduate Research Assistant, PIERS

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Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Divya Korategere

Divya is currently studying Health Policy and Management in the undergraduate public health program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, with minors in data science and business. She is involved in activism relating to racial injustice, environmental degradation and climate change, and health equity and access and is interested in research where these issues intersect. Divya aspires to effectively build healthcare systems in low-income countries, which local communities can sustain and thrive.

Divya Korategere

Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

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Graduate Research Assistant

Kate LeMasters, MPH

Kate LeMasters is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a predoctoral scholar in the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program. She obtained her MPH in Maternal and Child Health at UNC in 2018 and BA in Economics and Global Politics from Washington and Lee University in 2015. In her doctoral program she focuses on social epidemiology, specifically the systems and structures that exacerbate health inequities. She studies mass incarceration and is interested in how this system creates racial health inequities in mental health for those directly involved and their communities.

Kate LeMasters, MPH

Graduate Research Assistant

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Graduate Research Assistant, PIERS

Lilly O'Toole,  BS

Lilly O’Toole is a Research Assistant in the Re-Envisioning Health & Justice Lab. She received her B.S. in Public Health from The Ohio State University in 2021 and is currently a first-year MPH student in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health. Lilly’s interests are ever-evolving but lie primarily within transformative justice, prevention-based healthcare, global health, and health disparities. She hopes to use the social determinants of health to uproot our current capitalist “health” care system and lay the foundation for one based on equity, community, and the biopsychosocial model.

Lilly O'Toole, BS

Graduate Research Assistant, PIERS

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Project Coordinator, TCN-PATHS

Madelene Travis, BA

Madelene Travis is a site coordinator of the JCOIN TCN-PATHS study at the Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab. She graduated from Colorado College in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology, with a focus on the sociology of health and medicine. Broadly, her research interests include the social determinants of health, how individuals and families cope with chronic illness, and the intersection between the criminal justice system and opioid use. 

Madelene Travis, BA

Project Coordinator, TCN-PATHS

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Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Jennifer Lao, BS

Jennifer Lao graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a BS in Biology and a BA in History.  Through her coursework and involvement with on-campus mental health organizations, Jennifer developed research interests in racial health disparities, HIV/AIDS, and mental health reform, particularly in their relation to the criminal justice system.

Jennifer Lao, BS

Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

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Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Deeya Pathak

Deeya Pathak is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill double majoring in Biostatistics and Global Studies with a concentration in Global Health and Environment in Latin America. Her past research experience includes working as an undergraduate research assistant with ITVS (Internet Tobacco Vendors Study) to analyze data from online tobacco/nicotine sales. In the future, she hopes to use her passion for public health to create more global healthcare equity by working to provide better access to medical resources in impoverished regions.

Deeya Pathak

Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

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Graduate Research Assistant, TCN-PATHS

Chevonne Parker, BA

Chevonne Parker is an M.D candidate at UNC School of Medicine and a graduate assistant in the Re-envisioning Health and Justice Lab. She received her B.A in sociology from Yale University in 2020. As a future physician, Chevonne is passionate about understanding the intersections between clinical medicine and the structural drivers of health. She is interested in race and class stratification in the United States, the American criminal-legal system, and the formation of disparities in chronic disease and mental health access, outcome, and management.

Chevonne Parker, BA

Graduate Research Assistant, TCN-PATHS

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Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project

Alyssa Wilson

Alyssa Wilson is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill double majoring in biology and music with a minor in medical anthropology. Her past research experience includes as an assistant on an independent project lead by a student in the UNC Hussman school of journalism, where she collected data on police departments and their use of social media across North Carolina. Alyssa's future aspirations are to go into dentistry and work primarily towards expanding access to oral healthcare to under privileged areas and populations. 

Alyssa Wilson

Student Research Assistant, 3rd City Project