- Angela Tomlin, PhD
- Shoshanna Spector, BA
- Karen Ruprecht, PhD
Research Project Description
The IRL Indiana team investigated (2016-2019) the impact of mass incarceration on the social, emotional, and developmental, health and long-term health equity of Indiana's young children. The research included surveys and focus groups with members of communities affected by incarceration. Preschool directors and direct care providers were also surveyed and participated in focus groups to learn about their experiences and needs in serving children who have an incarcerated parent.
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Angela Tomlin, PhD
Angela Tomlin is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of the Riley Child Development Center, Indiana’s LEND Program, located at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She specializes in clinical psychology and infant / early childhood mental health.
Shoshanna Spector, BA
Shoshanna Spector is the Executive Director of Faith in Indiana, a catalyst for marginalized peoples and faith communities to act collectively for racial and economic equity. Faith in Indiana grassroots leaders have won millions in policy reforms to end mass incarceration and gun violence, promote economic dignity, and advance a culture of health.
Karen Ruprecht, PhD
Karen Ruprecht is Content Developer at Child Care Aware of America. She has experience informing local, state, and national leaders on issues related to child care quality and translating research into practical application.
IRL Issue Brief: Indiana
Parental Incarceration Impacts Health of Indiana’s Children