Welcome Dallas Augustine!

Please welcome Dallas Augustine, Research Coordinator, to the UCSF Division of Geriatrics team!

Dallas started today on Dr. Brie Williams team as their new Research Analyst/Coordinator for Amend at UCSF.  Amend at UCSF works to transform correctional culture inside prisons and jails and reduce the debilitating health effects of those environments.  You can visit the website here to learn more!  https://amend.us/whatwedo/

Dallas has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies.  She is also a current Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine.  Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. Program, Dallas worked as an Administrator for the Academy of Art University School of Advertising where she managed all operational aspects of academic department for school with 600 students (undergraduate and graduate) and 50 faculty members.  She also supervised students, oversaw event coordination, payroll, budget preparation and implementation, student advising, adjunct faculty recruitment and placement, curriculum planning and review, and purchasing.  Previously, Dallas also worked at the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs as a Student Research Associate.  In that role, she conducted research on county-level emergency preparedness plans and best practices and assessed the extent to which Orange County, CA was prepared to face a catastrophic event and made recommendations for improvement.  Dallas’ CV has numerous publications, manuscripts and presentations listed – showcasing her expertise in criminal justice and reform.  There are too many to list J.  Some of you are aware that Amend at UCSF has grown tremendously over the last several months!  Thus, we are in great need of Dallas’ expertise and experience, and very excited to have her on board.  Dallas will be working closely with the Amend team to manage the execution and coordination of research protocols, data collection, data management, and administrative operations of research and program development projects for Amend, a project focused on transforming the correctional culture inside prisons and jails and reduce the debilitating health effects of those environments.  Please also see below for a quick first-person introduction from Dallas:

I'm a doctoral candidate at UC Irvine in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society. My research addresses corrections, generally, and more specifically looks at a) the ways that people with criminal records are barred from employment or even coerced into it, and b) solitary confinement and its ramifications for mental health. And though it is unfortunately now closed, I am also a harm reduction advocate and lead the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, the first and only syringe exchange in OC. And to prove that I'm a well-rounded human outside of just research, I'm also an avid rock climber, indoor cyclist, and Oakland sports fan (so I'm quite excited about the move to Mission Bay!)

For now, Dallas can be reached at [email protected] while she’s remote through 4/15.  Dallas was onboarded remotely today – as we navigate as a team through these strange and trying times, please make an extra effort to welcome Dallas to the team!  Reach out to introduce yourselves and make her feel welcomed.  Hopefully, we’ll get to reconnect in person after 4/15!  =)