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. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2017. 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, mental health diversion programming, and risk and needs assessment. More recently, her work has focused on the opioid epidemic, including tracking opioid-involved overdose deaths and developing interventions for justice-involved adults with substance use disorders. Her research has been published in outlets such as Law and Human Behavior, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychiatric Services, 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., 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

Lowder, E. M., Ray, B. R., Huynh, P. Ballew, A. & Watson, D. P. (2018). Identifying unreported opioid deaths through toxicology data and vital records linkage: Case study in Marion County, Indiana. American Journal of Public Health. 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304683

Lowder, E. M., Morrison, M. M., Kroner, D. G., & Desmarais, S. L. (2018). Racial bias and LSI-R risk assessments in probation sentencing and outcomes. Criminal Justice and Behavior.  10.1177/0093854818789977

Lowder, E. M., Rade, C. B., & Desmarais, S. L. (2017). Effectiveness of mental health courts in reducing recidivism: A meta-analysis. Psychiatric Services. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201700107

Lowder, E. M., Desmarais, S. L., Rade, C. B., Johnson, K. L., & Van Dorn, R. A. (2017). Reliability and validity of START and LSI-R assessments in mental health jail diversion clients. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191117704505

Courses Taught

CRIM 408: Criminal Courts


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