A qualitative sociologist by training, Megan typically works within interdisciplinary teams conducting mixed-methods research.  Her research is primarily motivated by questions about what she calls the "repercussive effects" of criminal justice involvement on the health and well-being of individuals and families.  Much of her recent field work has taken place in Oakland, California (a mid-sized city east of San Francisco) and has focused on how women on probation navigate social, medical, and correctional institutions.  She also collaborates with RTI colleagues on the multi-site evaluation of several criminal justice initiatives. 

current research projects

Understanding and Improving Medicaid Use among Women on Probation since Affordable Care Act Implementation (2016 to date)—Multiple Principal Investigator. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Community Violence and Reproductive Health Among Youth in Salinas, California (2014 to date)—Co-Investigator, Senior Qualitative Analyst. Funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Evaluation of the Safety and Justice Challenge (2015 to date)—Process Evaluation Lead. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Post-Incarceration Partner Violence: Examining the Social Context of Victimization to Inform Victim Services and Prevention (2016 to date)—Qualitative Analysis Lead. Funded by the National Institute of Justice.

completed research projects

Exploring Experiences of Disclosing HIV-Positive Status While in Prison (2013 to 2016)—Principal Investigator. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Criminal Justice and Health Disparities among African American Women Who Use Drugs (2013 to 2018)—Co-Investigator. Funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Finding, Testing, and Treating High-Risk Probationers and Parolees with HIV (2010 to 2016)—Co-Investigator, Senior Qualitative Analyst. Funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Evaluation of the Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (2013 to 2016)—Qualitative Methods and Topic Area Expert. Funded by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Evaluation of the Public Safety Assessment (2015 to 2018)—Qualitative Task Lead. Funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Relationship Factors and HIV Treatment Adherence (2010 to 2015)—Co-Investigator, Senior Qualitative Analyst. Funded by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).

Infrastructure for Community-Linked Research to Address Disparities in HIV/AIDS (2010 to 2013)—Co-Investigator. Funded by NIMHD. 

Minority Communities HIV Prevention Research Training (2009 to 2011)—Faculty Mentor. Funded by NICHD. 

Minority Community HIV and Substance Use Prevention Research Training (2009 to 2011)—Faculty Mentor. Funded by NIDA.

HIV Risk among Male Parolees and Their Female Partners (2007 to 2012)—Principal Investigator. Funded by NIMH.

Effects of Housing and HIV on Risk Behavior and Victimization of Indigent Women (2007 to 2011)— Co-Investigator. Funded by NIDA. 

The Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (2006 to 2011)—Methods Core Scientist, Qualitative Expert. Funded by NIMH. 

Feasibility, Content, and Analysis of Interviews with Male Parolees and their Female Partners (2005 to 2006)—Principal Investigator. Funded by the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. 

HIV Risk Reduction for Women with Incarcerated Partners (2002 to 2008)—Co-Investigator, Project Director. Funded by NIMH.