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Evan Marie Lowder, Ph.D.

Dr. Lowder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from North Carolina State University and completed her postdoctoral training in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Her work focuses on evaluating the use of interventions, supervision strategies, and tools to facilitate individuals’ release from detention and connection to services and supports in the community. Dr. Lowder has received funding from federal (National Institute of Justice), state (Indiana Office of Court Services; Indiana Division of Mental Health), and local (Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office) agencies to advance her research agenda. Her research has been published in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Law and Human Behavior, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and the American Journal of Public Health. 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. Foudray, C. M. A., & McPherson, M. (2022).  Proxy assessments and early pretrial release: Effects on criminal case and recidivism outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.  

Lowder, E. M., Diaz, C. L, Grommon, E., & Ray, B. R. (2022). Differential prediction and disparate impact of pretrial risk assessments in practice: A multi-site evaluation. Journal of Experimental Criminology. 

Lowder, E. M., & Foudray, C. M. A. (2021). Use of risk assessments in pretrial supervision decision-making and associated outcomes: Crime & Delinquency.  

Lowder, E. M., Diaz, C. L., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Effects of pretrial risk assessments on release decisions and misconduct outcomes relative to practice as usual. Journal of Criminal Justice, 101754.

Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Five-county validation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) using a local validation approach. Justice Quarterly, 1–20.

Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., O’Donnell, D., Sightes, E., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Two‐year outcomes following naloxone administration by police officers or emergency medical services personnel. Criminology & Public Policy, 1745-9133.12509.

Lowder, E. M., Amlung, J., & Ray, B. R. (2020). Individual and county-level variation in outcomes following non-fatal opioid-involved overdose. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 

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


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