Current Projects

Considering a United Kingdom Innovative Model of Social Support for Older Adults Returning to US Communities Post Incarceration

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Brookdale and the Osborne Association to work with RECOOP to support communities to better integrate formerly incarcerated older adults returning home.  Older adults who return to the community after release from prison face distinct challenges including higher rates of chronic illnesses and mortality, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and weakened social ties.  The success of the transition depends not only on individual readiness, but also upon the degree of community receptivity.  The project will strengthen the community as a whole and foster a culture of health by enhancing social inclusion, re-engaging families, and catalyzing resilience.

For more information, please contact Dr. Montini.


Building the “Science of Translation” Using the Case of Marijuana Legalization

The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded Dr. Theresa Montini to study the degree to which empirical scientific research informs public health policy changes.  Because future policy tends to build on current policy, it is imperative that we understand how empirical scientific research is used in the public health policy decision process.  Using four case studies of the legalization of marijuana, the long-term objective is to contribute to the science of translation by using these case studies to explain and predict the conditions under which research will be used to inform public health policy decisions.

For more information, please contact Dr. Montini.