Cashell D. Lewis

Cashell’s research explores the intersection between mental health and criminal justice. His focus on suicidal behavior seeks to center the experiences of criminal justice-involved African Americans. He is interested in the risk and protective factors associated with suicidal behavior among criminal justice-involved African American men and women; specially examining suicidal behavior from the perspective of African Americans. One of his main long-term goals is to be a leading scholar in the area of research on the contextual etiology, prevention, and intervention of suicidal behaviors among criminal justice-involved African Americans.

Cashell is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School, and a BSW from Northeastern Illinois University. He is a native of Chicago. Cashell’s ongoing trajectory is shaped in large part by his personal life experiences, and those experiences continue to motivate his work.


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