Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
Evan Elkin, former director of the Department of Planning and Government Innovation at Vera, trained as a psychologist and researcher at New York University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he was a member of clinical research teams that studied the epidemiology and prevention of teen suicide and developed mental health screening and service delivery strategies for schools. Evan is an expert in the development, piloting, and testing of innovative interventions, service delivery models and community based programs in the mental health, substance abuse and education domains. His work focuses heavily on developing and testing programs within the child welfare and juvenile and criminal justice systems. He is the treatment model developer for Vera’s nationally acclaimed Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT) program, a substance use and mental health intervention for system-involved youth, and was the director of APT for seven years. He also directed Vera’s Adolescent Reentry Initiative, an educational and vocational reentry program for adolescents and young adults on Rikers Island, before becoming the director of Planning and Government Innovation in 2010. Evan has a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA in clinical psychology from New York University.
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