Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo

Assistant Professor

College of Letters and Science | Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

Hometown: South Bend, IN or Aurora, CO

Dr. Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work. Her research examines ways in which engagement with the legal system affects the health of vulnerable communities, especially in the areas of HIV risk behaviors and substance use. Dr. Rowell-Cunsolo’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin. Her long-term goal is to develop sustainable evidence-based interventions that address the intersection of health and the legal system.


Exploring health impacts of the criminal legal system

A significant proportion of Wisconsin’s residents experience incarceration at some point in their lives. Although research suggests that this engagement could be health-damaging, the extent to which it accelerates aging is largely unknown. Identifying health impacts of the legal system is crucial to informing legal system policy changes.

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