My research is community-engaged, collaborative, and trauma-informed. I am a behavioral health interventionist at my core and my research goals are three-fold: 1) to advance knowledge related to the mental health, community, and re-entry needs for individuals who are incarcerated in their youth; 2) to develop trauma-informed behavioral health interventions for folx who are involved in the criminal legal system; and 3) to inform policies related to sentencing, programming, and re-entry services.
My Dissertation Study
Funded by: Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation at the New York Community Trust, University of Denver Dissertation Fellowship Award, and University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award.
Resentenced and Released: Re-Entry Needs Following Release from Juvenile Life Without Parole
Principal Investigator: Daphne Brydon, M.S.MFT, LMSW
Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Sliva, PhD, MSW
Community Collaborator: Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO)
DU IRB Protocol #: 1434763
Mixed-methods study examining the re-entry needs of individuals released from a juvenile life withouth parole sentence to inform effective re-entry interventions.
Background: Individuals released from prison often encounter numerous barriers to successful re-entry. These barriers include difficulties locating and securing housing, difficulties obtaining employment, managing the effects of trauma, and interpersonal connections with family and friends. These needs are also mirrored among juvenile lifers who were resentenced and released. While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the the use of mandatory JLWOP sentences and for retroactive resentencing for those serving JLWOP, they did not offer provisions or funding for services and programming during incarceration, nor at re-entry.
Individuals released from JLWOP sentences represent a unique set of needs and resiliencies whose readiness for re-entry varies widely. Research is needed to understand how to best support and promote successful and sustained re-entry for those being resentenced and released from JLWOP in the months and years to come. This study explores the re-entry needs and resiliencies for individuals released from JLWOP in the state of Michigan.
A Pilot Study | Adolescence, Interrupted: Narratives of Re-Entry Following a Sentence of Juvenile Life Without Parole
Principal Investigator: Daphne Brydon, LMFT, LMSW
Co-Investigator: Motoki Taniguchi, MSW
Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Sliva, PhD, LMSW
Community Collaborator: Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO, Project Re-Entry)
DU IRB Protocol #: 1065648
Qualitative pilot study to explore the lived experiences and needs of individuals released from prison following a juvenile life without parole sentence to inform programming provided by the community collaborator.