Diane Terry, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Diane Terry Psychology Applied Research Center

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Diane Terry, M.S.W., Ph.D. 
Senior Research Associate

Dr. Terry has over 10 years of experience in the field of social welfare and program evaluation research. Her research focuses on mental health disparities among communities of color, permanency and well-being outcomes for youth and families involved with the child welfare system, and criminal desistance among formerly incarcerated young adults. As a program evaluator, she has specialized in mixed methods, multi-year evaluation studies where she has played a key role in evaluation implementation, mixed-methods data collection, and project management. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the California Reducing Disparities Project (Phase 2) Statewide Evaluation Team—a multi-year, multi-site evaluation of community-defined evidence practices addressing mental health and wellness throughout California.

Her book (co-authored with Laura Abrams), Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth (Rutgers University Press, 2017), examines how formerly incarcerated young men and women navigate reentry and the transition to adulthood in the context of urban Los Angeles.

Everyday Desistance book cover