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Headshot Dr. Alysse WurcelDr. Alysse Wurcel

Infectious Disease Consultant


Alysse G. Wurcel, MD MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ID) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  She did internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and ID fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. In addition to her work as an inpatient ID doctor, Dr. Wurcel has an outpatient clinic where she specializes in HIV, HCV and substance use disorder care.  Dr. Wurcel provides HIV and HCV care at six county jails in eastern MA.  She is interested in the barriers and facilitators to care for people with or at risk for HIV and HCV, especially people who use drugs and people who are incarcerated. She is an international expert on injection-drug use associated infections, including bacterial endocarditis.  Dr. Wurcel has a K08 grant from the Agency of Human Research and Quality to improve HCV testing access in jails. In April 2020, she was appointed as ID Liaison to the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, and has been advising the county jails on COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, and vaccination strategies.

An undergraduate degree in sociology launched Dr. Wurcel into a career as an infectious diseases doctor working clinically and on research to improve the quality of care delivered to people who use drugs and people who are incarcerated. 

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Doctorate of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Tufts University

Amanda Burgess-ProctorAmanda Burgess-Proctor

Women & Families Consultant


Amanda Burgess-Proctor is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Oakland University. After having worked as a Personal Protection Order Coordinator in Ingham County, she earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Her primary research interests include intimate partner abuse, sexual victimization, and crime and drug policy. Her research has appeared in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Justice Quarterly, Translational Criminology, and Violence Against Women. She is past chair of the American Society of Criminology Division on Women & Crime, and in 2018 helped create the DWC's first Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill. In April 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed her to chair the Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Commission.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Doctorate in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Celeste Rabaut

Celeste RabautStrategic Planning Consultant


Celeste Rabaut, MSW has been providing consulting services of strategic planning, program development, grant writing, qualitative evaluation and project management to non-profit organizations in Detroit and Southeast Michigan for the past 26 years.  She has worked with a variety of groups and organizations ranging from universities, major public health departments and regional planning entities to direct service agencies, faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations. She has facilitated written grants to federal, state, and local agencies and foundations, ranging from $500 to $10 million. Her strategic planning work has ranged from short, one-day goal-oriented sessions to longer, multi-month processes. Prior to forming her consulting business, Celeste worked for several organizations including New Detroit, Inc., the Michigan League for Human Services and the Detroit City Council. 

Degrees and certifications:

  • Master of Social Work

Sara Gleicher headshotSara Gleicher

Strategic Planning Consultant

Sara Gleicher is a licensed Master's Social Worker with thirty-seven years of professional experience. She served as Chief of Staff for the late Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffey for twenty-one years. In 2006, Sara was hired by a Detroit-based community mental health organization to lead the agency's policy and advocacy program, as well as multiple grant-funded initiatives. In 2015, Beaumont Health launched a community-based health prevention coalition; as its Project Manager for four and one-half years, Sara facilitated strategic planning efforts which led to successful city-wide environmental, systems and policy changes. Sara continues to supervise social work students, assist with grant writing assignments and engage with political advocacy projects.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Social Work, Wayne State University
  • State of Michigan Licensed Master's Social Worker, Advanced Generalist – Macro Practice

Scott SmithScott James Smith

Law Enforcement Consultant


Scott James Smith is Associate Professor of Social Work at Oakland University. Additionally, he is a lecturer at the Oakland University/William Beaumont School of Medicine and is on staff at William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak's Emergency Center where he provides psychiatric assessments and support. During his career as a social worker he has worked in a variety of crisis mental health roles and worked closely with law enforcement. Seeing the importance of his mental health experience in the law enforcement community, Scott became a reserve police officer with the city of Ferndale.  He provides a wide range of trainings and psychological services to police agencies, fire departments, and EMS companies to both prepare them to interact with individuals experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges as well as to address their own mental health needs.   

Degrees and Certifications: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Arizona State University
  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeLicensed Master of Social Work, MI (#6801092548)

Faculty Affiliates

Megan Hicks headshotMegan Hicks, PhD

Juvenile Justice


Megan Hicks, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. Her primary research interests include risk and protective factors influencing health disparities among Black youth. In particular, her interests include examining sexual risk behaviors among Black youth and how individuals factors such as impulsivity, adverse childhood experiences, and emotion regulation impact those behaviors. Additionally, her interests include prevention/intervention programming and program evaluation. She has experience in program evaluation, intervention implementation, and community education. As a post-doctoral fellow, Hicks was mentored by Poco Kernsmith and worked with her research team on the prevention of violence perpetration among youth. Hicks teaches courses in research methods. She has interest in teaching courses in family violence, intervention and prevention in Black communities, social epidemiology, and adolescent development.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia
  • Master of Science, Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia
  • Bachelors of Arts, Sociology, The Ohio State University,

Matt lLarson headshot

Matthew Larson

Criminal Justice


Matt is an Associate Professor who completed his Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Arizona State University in 2013. Prior to his graduate training, he was part of the U.S. Department of Education's McNair Scholars Program, a federal initiative centered on increasing the attainment of PhDs by students from historically underrepresented groups. In general, his research focuses on life-course criminology, violence, and the intersection of mental illness and criminal justice policy. His work has appeared in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Journal of Youth & Adolescence.

Beyond research, Matt is an instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and co-founder of JUST POETRY, an annual event that brings together individuals from diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds (e.g. officers of the Detroit Police Department, children with incarcerated parents, victims of violence, etc.) to explore "justice" through poetry/spoken word. He has received the CLAS Teaching Award, the Learning Community Coordinator of the Year Award, and, while at Saint Louis University, the Award for Excellence in Diversity & Social Justice.

Degree and Certificates:

  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
  • Masters of Science, Criminal Justice, Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Siena Heights University

Susan Lebold headshotSusan Lebold

Juvenile Justice


Susan Lebold's professional career took a number of twists and turns before she joined the faculty at Wayne State in 2014 and held the role of B.S.W. Coordinator from 2016 - 2017. After receiving her law degree at The Ohio State University in 1983, Susan worked in West Germany defending U.S. soldiers facing criminal charges in the United States military courts. As a lawyer in Charlotte, N.C., she represented troubled children and youth who were court-involved in the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and mental health systems. In West Chester, Penn., she had a family law practice and advocated for birth parents involved in the foster care system, protecting their parental rights and helping them access services so they could be reunited with their children.

After moving to Massachusetts, Lebold expanded into the field of social work and in 2000 obtained her M.S.W. with a certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University. As the assistant executive director of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest in Framingham, Mass., she developed and oversaw programs to serve vulnerable elders, families and children, and developed numerous organizational systems and policies to enhance operational efficiency and service quality. She also led the organization through two accreditation cycles, built the agencies first fundraising infrastructure, and worked to build community partnerships focusing on reducing ethnic disparities in health care.

In 2008, Lebold relocated to Ann Arbor, where she studied mediation, dialogue and deliberation, and alternative dispute resolution, and became a founding member of BDL Mediation, LLC. As a consultant to the Child Welfare Resource Center at Michigan State University, she provided technical assistance and support to the Michigan Department of Human Services during a period of court-mandated child welfare reform in 2008-09. In that role, she researched the literature on best child welfare practices and evidence-based programs, conducted focus groups of public and private child welfare professionals, co-wrote the final statewide needs assessment report, and designed a mandatory 40-hour training curriculum for permanency planning caseworkers, supervisors and specialists.

In 2010, Lebold began teaching part-time at Eastern Michigan Universities School of Social Work, focusing on practice courses involving communities and organizations, social policy, and developing writing skills. In 2013, she joined the Michigan Race Equity Coalition, a collaboration of juvenile justice and child welfare system leaders and policymakers in Michigan charged with examining racial disproportionality in those systems. As a member of the planning, research and evaluation team, Lebold produced a toolkit of best practices, lessons learned, and process strategies to guide communities tackling racial disparities in their local child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Lebold is always looking for interesting research and community-based projects that align with her goal of bringing diverse groups together to address thorny community problems.

Degrees and Certifications: 

  • Certificate, Human Services Management, Boston University
  • Master of Social Work, Boston University
  • Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, The Ohio State University