Carrie Pettus

Associate Professor & Founding Director, Institute for Justice Research & Development
Carrie Pettus

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Areas Of Focus 

  • Intervention research on well-being development for justice-involved adults
  • Sustainable and effective decarceration (smart decarceration)
  • Trauma and social support among justice-involved adults
  • Behavioral health among justice-involved adults


  • PhD, 2011, University of North Carolina; Social Work
  • MSW, 2001, University of Kansas; Social Work
  • BSW, University of Kansas; Social Work
  • BA, University of Kansas; Psychology


Pettus, C., Veeh, C., Renn, T., & Kennedy, S. (2021). The Well-Being Development Model: A     Theoretical Model to Improve Outcomes among Criminal Justice System–Involved Individuals. Social Service Review, 95, 413-468. doi:10.1086/715852

Pettus-Davis, C. (2021). Support4families: A proposed intervention model to support families of individuals returning home from incarceration. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 102, 316–332. doi:10.1177/1044389420970008

Pettus-Davis C, Kennedy S. C, & Veeh, C. A. (2021). Incarcerated individuals' experiences of COVID-19 in the United States. International Journal of Prisoner Health. doi: 10.1108/IJPH-11-2020-0094. PMID: 33760428.

Pettus-Davis, C., & Kennedy, S. (2020). Early lessons from the multistate study of the 5-key model for reentry. Perspectives: The Journal of the American Probation and Parole Association, Vol 44, 19-31

Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., Lacasse, J. R., & Motley, R. (2019). Proposing a population-specific intervention approach to treat trauma among men during and after incarceration. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 20, 379-393.

Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., Veeh, C., & Eikenberry, J. (2019). Intervention development study of the 5-Key Model for Reentry: An evidence driven prisoner reentry intervention. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 58, 614-643. doi:10.1080/10509674.2019.1635242

Morrison, M., Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., Veeh, C., & Weatherly, C. (2018). What Trauma Looks Like for Incarcerated Men: A Study of Men’s Lifetime Trauma

Exposure in Two State Prisons. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorder and Treatment, 7. 1-7. doi: 10.4172/2324-8947.1000192

Veeh, C., Renn, T., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2018). Promoting reentry well-being: A novel assessment tool for individualized service assignment in prisoner reentry programs. Social Work, 63, 91-96, doi:10.1093/sw/swx050


Co-edited: Epperson, M.W. & Pettus-Davis, C. (Eds). (2017). Smart Decarceration: Achieving criminal justice transformation in the 21st Century. NY: Oxford University Press.

Co-authored: Vaughn, M., Pettus-Davis, C., & Shook, J. (2012). Conducting research in juvenile and criminal justice settings: Issues and Strategies. Oxford University Press.


2022-2025 Principal Investigator: Infusing Well-being and Peer Support into Nebraska Reentry Innovations. The Sherwood Foundation ($889,755).

2022-2025  Principal Investigator: Disrupting the Cycle of Violence in Indianapolis with Data Driven and Trauma Informed Diversion. The Joyce Foundation. ($500,000).

2021-2025  Multiple Principal Investigators. Transforming Health Equity Research in Integrated Primary Care: Antiracism as a Disruptive innovation. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. ($3,066,667); Contact PI: Sylvie Naar (MPI), Carrie Pettus (MPI), Norman Anderson (MPI).

2021-2022  Principal Investigator. Fidelity Monitoring and Feedback Loops in Intervention and Services Research for Programs offered to Individuals involved in the Criminal Justice System. Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Coordination and Translation Center. National Institutes of Health. ($196,689).

2021-2023   Principal Investigator. “Retaining Talent”: A Training to Assist Employers in Effectively Promoting & Retaining Second Chance Hires. JP Morgan Chase Bank. ($135,000).

2020 – 2025  Principal Investigator. Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial of Comprehensive Trauma Informed Reentry Services for Moderate to High Risk Youth Releasing From State Prisons. National Institute of Justice. ($1,197,172); Contact PI: Carrie Pettus. Co-PIs: Stephen Tripodi and Tanya Renn.

2020– 2024  Co-Principal Investigator. Artificial Intelligence Enabled Community Supervision for Criminal Justice Services. National Institute of Justice. ($1,999,778); Contact PI: Marcus Rogers. Co-PIs: Carrie Pettus, Umit Karabiyik, Tathagata Mukherjee, and Sudhir Aggarwal

2020 – 2022    Principal Investigator. Multi-Site Feasibility Evaluation of Crisis Stabilization Units across Three Jurisdictions with High Opioid Use Disorders and a Proposed Follow-Up RCT. Arnold Ventures. ($532,000); Co-Investigator: Donald P. Savoie

2019 – 2021    Co-Principal Investigator. Skills Training and Affective Regulation Intervention (STAIR)– Pilot Trauma Treatment for Men and Women Releasing from Jail; Seminole County, Florida. Seminole County Sherriff’s Office. ($150,000); Contact PI: Stephen Tripodi. Co-PI: Carrie Pettus. Co-Investigator: Tanya Renn 

2018 – 2022     Principal Investigator. Multistate Randomized Controlled Trial of the 5 Key Model for Reentry. Charles Koch Foundation. ($8,412,000); Co-Is: Tanya Renn, Chris Veeh, Johnny Kim, Stephen Tripodi. 

2018 – 2026    Co-Principal Investigator. A Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trial of Therapeutic Communities and Interactive Journaling Substance Use Disorder Treatments: Research on Reductions in Recidivism and Social Spending. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($480,624); Contact PI: Carrie Pettus. Co-PI: Stephen Tripodi. Co-I: Tanya Renn.