Evan Marie Lowder

Evan Marie Lowder

Evan Marie Lowder

Assistant Professor

Justice-involved behavioral health populations, mental health courts and diversion programs, risk assessment, racial disparities, opioid crisis, quantitative research methods

Dr. Evan M. Lowder is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and directs the Early Justice Strategies lab. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Her research is focused on strategies to reduce offending and improve behavioral health outcomes among justice-involved adults, with specific emphasis on adults with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders, pre-booking and court-based diversion programs, opioid use, and risk and needs assessment. More recently, her work has focused on evaluating pretrial reform efforts, including the use of pretrial risk assessments and pretrial supervision. Her research has been published in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Law and Human Behavior, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and the American Journal of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Lowder is a Co-Investigator of a study funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to conduct a randomized controlled trial of co-responding police-mental health clinician teams. She is a recipient of a National Institute of Justice Fellowship for early career researchers through the W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime. Her work has been recognized by the American Public Health Association and the American Psychology-Law Society. She was the 2019 recipient of the Christopher Webster Early Career Award from the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

Selected Publications

Lowder, E. M., & Foudray, C. M. A. (2021). Use of risk assessments in pretrial supervision decision-making and associated outcomes: Crime & Delinquency. https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287211022642  

Lowder, E. M., Diaz, C. L., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Effects of pretrial risk assessments on release decisions and misconduct outcomes relative to practice as usual. Journal of Criminal Justice, 101754. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2020.101754

Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Five-county validation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) using a local validation approach. Justice Quarterly, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2020.1829006

Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., O’Donnell, D., Sightes, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Two‐year outcomes following naloxone administration by police officers or emergency medical services personnel. Criminology & Public Policy, 1745-9133.12509. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9133.12509

Lowder, E. M., Amlung, J., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Individual and county-level variation in outcomes following non-fatal opioid-involved overdose. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-212915 

Lowder, E. M., Ray, B. R., & Gruenewald, J. A. (2019). Criminal justice professionals’ attitudes toward mental illness and substance use. Community Mental Health Journal. 10.1007/s10597-019-00370-3

Courses Taught

CRIM 315: Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology

CRIM 408: Criminal Courts

CRIM 795: Applied Methods and Statistics in Secondary Data Analysis



B.A., Psychology and Political Science, College of Saint Benedict
Ph.D., Psychology, North Carolina State University