Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost
Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost aims to promote health, quality of life, and social justice for incarcerated persons, criminal justice officers, and forensic service providers through her research, teaching, and service efforts. Dr. Prost’s substantive area of research is social work and correctional health, namely chronic and terminal illness (e.g., cancer, dementia) in jails and prisons. She is currently focused on two projects in these areas. The first examines the so-called “perception gap” in prison healthcare. This gap describes the difference between two raters’ assessments of a given construct, in this case, quality of life. She seeks to identify and describe inter-rater agreement of quality of life ratings between patients and their peer caregivers in prison healthcare settings. In a similar vein, Dr. Prost is working with interdisciplinary partners at the College of Charleston to identify and describe services for justice-involved persons with chronic and terminal illness in state Department of Corrections throughout the United States.
Her research efforts also extend to criminal justice officers, specifically understanding factors associated with officer-involved domestic violence whereby criminal justice officers perpetrate emotional, physical, and sexual violence against their families. Collaborating with faculty at the University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, and Florida State University, this multi-disciplinary project draws upon the varying knowledge bases of law enforcement, social work, criminal law, and substance use and mental health to better understand these issues and to enhance necessary supports to promote safety for criminal justice officers and their families.
Dr. Prost teaches graduate level courses including Advanced Social Work Practice II and III and serves as a Field Faculty for students in criminal justice and oncological practice in Louisville and surrounding areas. In this capacity, she promotes the use of evidence to inform practice and encourages student engagement in social justice and advocacy efforts. She also works alongside community partners supporting successful re-entry for justice-involved persons. She is a member of the Smart Decarceration Education Working Group and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Evidence-Informed Social Work.