Research InterestsSabrina's topical research interests lie at the intersection of criminal justice and public health, including sexual violence prevention, substance use and harm reduction, and treatment courts.
- M.A. Criminal Justice (2021), University of Massachusetts Lowell
- M.Ed. in Secondary Education (2018), Endicott College
- B.S. Psychology (2016), Springfield College (Massachusetts)
- B.S. Criminal Justice (2016), Springfield College (Massachusetts)
Much of Sabrina’s research is anchored in both prevention and harm reduction-based public health frameworks, where she studies and has published in a variety of criminal justice areas, including sexual victimization and perpetration, substance use and misuse, and treatment courts. Sabrina is currently a research assistant working on projects entailing the following: the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy among children who manifest problematic sexual behaviors in various Massachusetts jurisdictions and exploring the functions and compositions of boards/entities related to the management, treatment, assessment, and policymaking of people who have committed sex offenses. She is a research associate on a multi-city, mixed-methods study funded by the CDC, which aims to gain insight into local challenges and responses to the opioid crisis as shared by the people who use drugs in Massachusetts. More specifically, this study covers fentanyl and other drug use, treatment experiences and access, and the lived effects of recent policies, like prescribing limitations and the Good Samaritan Law. Further yet, Sabrina serves as the project coordinator for a NIDA/BJA-funded nationwide, multi-site, mixed-methods research project at George Mason University, which examines service delivery, court processes and programming, and other outcomes of legal system involved veterans within veterans treatment courts (VTCs).
Sabrina is also currently a teaching instructor of Statistics in Criminal Justice (CRIM.3950).
Selected Awards and Honors
- Graduate Research Grant Award, $1,575 (Graduate Student Association, UMass Lowell, 2023)
- ACJS Doctoral Summit Scholarship Recipient (Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2023)
- Laura Bassi Scholarship, Second Set Pick (Winter, 2021)
- Outstanding Senior Award, Psychology Department (Springfield College, 2016)
- Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Academic Performance, Social Sciences Department (Springfield College, 2016)
- Experimental Social Science Award, Runner-up (Springfield College, 2016)
- Britton C. McCabe Scholarship & Award (Springfield College, 2015)
- Hughto, J.M.W., Tapper, A., Rapisarda, S.S., Stopka, T.J., Palacios, W.R., Case, P., Silcox, J., Moyo, P., & Green, T.C. (2023). Drug use patterns and factors related to the use and discontinuation of medications for opioid use disorder in the age of fentanyl: Findings from a mixed-methods study of people who use drugs Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 18(30).
- Rapisarda, S.S., & Byrne, J.M. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 outbreaks in the prisons, jails, and community corrections systems throughout Europe. Victims & Offenders, 15(7-8), 1105-1112
- Rapisarda, S.S., Byrne, J., & Marmolejo, L. (2020). An examination of COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons and jails in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Victims & Offenders, 15(7-8), 1234-1243
- Rapisarda, S.S., Shields, R.T., & Tabachnick, J. (2020). A new perspective on college sexual misconduct: Effective interventions for students causing harm. MASOC.
- Byrne, J., Rapisarda, S.S., Hummer, D., & Kras, K.R. (2020). An imperfect storm: Identifying the root causes of COVID-19 outbreaks in the world’s largest corrections systems. Victims & Offenders, 15(7-8), 862-909
- Rapisarda, S.S. (2021, November 17-20). Does Community Matter? A Multilevel Test of the Role of Collective Efficacy on Sexual Victimization [Conference session]. The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL.