Tanya Renn

Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Institute for Justice Research & Development
Tanya Renn

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  • Ph.D., 2015, University of Louisville; Social Work
  • M.S.W., 2011, University of Louisville; Social Work
  • M.P.H., 2011, University of Louisville; Public Health
  • B.S., 2007, Wofford College; Psychology


Renn, T., Golder, S., Higgins, G.E., Logan, T.K., & Winham, K.M. (2017). Examining the relationship between childhood victimization, health risk behaviors, and adult physical health outcomes among women on probation and parole.Journal of Correctional Healthcare, 23, 104-121. doi: 10.1177/1078345816685847

Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., Lacasse, J & Motley, R. (2018). Proposing a population specific intervention approach to treat trauma among men during and after   incarceration. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.doi:10.1037/men0000171 

Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T., & Veeh, C. (2019). Intervention development study of the 5   Key Model for Reentry: An Evidence Driven Prisoner Reentry Intervention.  Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2019.1635242

Veeh, C. A. & Renn, T. (2019). Traumatic brain injury and justice-involved youth: Assessment and intervention. In M. Vaughn, C. Salas-Wright, & D. Jackson(Eds.), International Handbook of Delinquency and Health. New York: Routledge.

Veeh, C., Renn, T., & Pettus-Davis, C. (In Press). Promoting Reentry Well Being: A novel assessment tool for individualized service assignment in prisoner reentryprograms. Social Work.

Pettus-Davis, C., Renn, T.,Lacasse, J & Motley, R. (In Press). Trauma interventions for   men releasing from incarceration: Conceptual model to guide practice and research. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.  

Brown, A., Golder, S., Renn, T., Winham, K., Higgins, G. E., & Logan, T.K. (In Press).  Attachment, coping, childhood victimization, and substance use among victimized women on probation and parole. Violence and Victims.


2019-2022  Co- Principle 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 2019-MU-CX-0065 ($1,197,172). 

2018-2020 Co-Investigator. Multistate Randomized Controlled Trial of the 5 Key Model for Reentry. Charles Koch Foundation    ($7,500,000).

2018-2026  Co-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).

February 2018. Co-Investigator. A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Prison Based Therapeutic Communities to a Less Resource Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Option: A Low Cost Randomized Controlled Trial. Laura and John Arnold Foundation. ($500,000)