Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and associate professor in Counseling Psychology where she teaches a graduate level course in drug abuse counseling. She is a faculty associate of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and a core faculty member of the Center on Health Equity Transformation (CHET). Her research specialization is drug use, mental health and HIV risk among African Americans in the community and involved in the criminal justice system. She will begin one of the first studies to examine nonmedical prescription opioid use among African American adults across gender and age cohorts. In addition, she has been funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since 2010.
Stevens-Watkins will work with the Criminal Justice Intervention Team within the project on data collection, implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions across criminal justice settings and collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Corrections and community advisory boards.