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FSU lecture series to discuss substance abuse in the criminal justice system

FSU Social Work faculty member Tanya Renn will present.

Florida State University’s Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children will tackle the issue of substance abuse in the criminal justice system for the final installment of its inaugural lecture series, “Engage, Invest, Respond.”

FSU Social Work faculty member Tanya Renn will present, along with Michele Staton from the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the FSU Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy building, 2003 Levy Avenue.

Renn is an assistant professor in the College of Social Work and the assistant director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development at Florida State University. As a criminal justice and addiction researcher, Renn focuses on understanding the relational pathways that exist between trauma/stress, high-risk behaviors (i.e. substance use and high-risk sexual behavior) and well-being among those involved in the criminal justice system.

Staton is an associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science and a faculty associate of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Staton’s primary research interest is the delivery of screening and brief intervention for substance use in nontraditional venues.

Staton is the principal investigator for an on-going study funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse to study drug abuse, risky sexual behavior and HIV/HCV among rural women in the Appalachian area of eastern Kentucky.

A brief discussion and reception will follow the presentation.

Continuing education credits are available. Advanced registration for the lecture is requested: https://csw.fsu.edu/news-events/events.