• Kevonyah Edwards is a doctoral student at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research focuses on integrating culturally competent substance abuse treatment within correctional settings. Her interest broadly focuses on providing behavioral health services in both correctional and community correctional settings. Prior to coming to Columbia, Kevonyah was a clinical supervisor at Talbert House, a large non-profit organization in Cincinnati, Ohio,¬† She oversaw the daily clinical operations of a 146 jail-based substance abuse program in conjunction with the Hamilton County Justice Center. Kevonyah earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2019 where she was a PRI-Care Fellow where she worked to integrate behavioral health services into primary care. Keonyah graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. Kevonyah is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in the state of Ohio.

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  • Dr. Hall is a clinician and researcher whose work focuses on the social implications of substance use and the war on drugs for people across the developmental life course, particularly within contexts marked by social injustice and inequality. In her dissertation research, she explored the psychosocial experiences of parents caring for adolescent boys within a poor racially segregated Chicago neighborhood heavily burdened by the effects of hyper-incarceration. Prior to coming to SIG, Dr. Hall led the social work arm of the Drug Intelligence and Intervention Group (DIG) at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. In this role, she coordinated the team's efforts to support families who lost loved ones to fatal overdose, as well as collected qualitative data regarding social determinants of overdose. Previously, Dr. Hall worked as a Correctional Counselor at the New York City Department of Correction where she provided individual and group services to men awaiting trial in New York City jails. Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Department of Comparative Human Development and a Master's in Social Work from the Crown School of Social Work at the University of Chicago. She is licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in Illinois and New York.

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