Dr. Sarah Desmarais

Dr. Sarah L. Desmarais is an Associate Professor in the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program and Director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Law and Forensic Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Desmarais’ research explores the assessment and treatment of risks and needs associated with criminal behavior, interpersonal violence, and terrorism. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on topics including violence and mental illness, risk assessment strategies, domestic violence, and terrorism. Dr. Desmarais has conducted trainings worldwide on violence risk assessment and has written reports adopted by the U.S. National Institute of Justice and National Institute of Corrections, among others. Dr. Desmarais is co-author of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) and the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START:AV), structured professional judgment guides for the assessment and management of violence and related risks associated with behavioral health disorders. Dr. Desmarais is a member of the NC State University Faculty Scholars Program and Research Leadership Academy.
  • Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability

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