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Sabrina Rapisarda

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Sabrina Rapisarda Doctoral Student and Research Assistant


B.S. Criminal Justice Springfield College (Massachusetts), 2016

B.S. Psychology, Springfield College (Massachusetts), 2016

M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Endicott College, 2018

M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2021


Sabrina Rapisarda joined the School of Criminology and Justice Studies as a doctoral student in the fall of 2019. While completing her undergraduate degrees, she worked for the Key Program, Inc. leading group therapy sessions for male youths in a residential treatment facility with a focus on life skills development, emotion regulation, fostering positive self-images, and both effective and sustainable coping methods. Moreover, she interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) drafting intake complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and access to education. After graduating with her master’s degree from Endicott College, she taught psychology, biology, and environmental / sustainability courses at the high school level.

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 substantive criminal justice areas, including sexual perpetration, substance use, and corrections. Sabrina is a research assistant working on various projects entailing the following: law enforcement and mental health co-responses to individuals experiencing mental health crises, cognitive behavioral therapy among children who manifest problematic sexual behaviors, sex offender management, and global community correctional systems. She also consults as a researcher on a multi-city, mixed-methods study funded by the CDC and MDPH at Brandeis University, which aims to gain insight into local challenges and responses to the opioid crisis as shared by the people who use drugs in Massachusetts. Specific areas of interest within this study include 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 research project at George Mason University, which is designed to enhance the field’s knowledge and understanding of current service delivery strategies of Veterans' Justice Programs, as well as the unique service delivery challenges posed by justice-involved veterans in veterans' treatment courts.

Sabrina recently co-edited a book titled "The Global Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Institutional and Community Corrections." She also has a forthcoming monograph in press, titled "The Impact of Mentoring, Sports, Arts, and Leisure Activities on Desistance from Crime" and a chapter on cyberstalking within the book: "The Technology Revolution in Criminal Justice: A Global Review."