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Kimberly Davidson

Kimberly Davidson

NIJ Graduate Research Fellow

518 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802


Kim Davidson is a doctoral candidate in the department of Criminology at Penn State University. Her research interests include prison programming, substance use treatment, and prisoner re-entry. Kim has assisted in collecting survey data in prisons as part of the Prison Inmate Network Study (PINS) and the Therapeutic Community Prison Inmate Network Study (TC-PINS). She has conducted qualitative interviews for the Re-Entry Prison Network Study (R-PINS) and the Therapeutic Community Re-Entry Prison Network Study (TCR-PINS). Kim’s dissertation research is focused on the re-entry experiences of ex-inmates who have a history of substance use disorders, with an emphasis on their prior and current experiences in treatment programs.

Kim received her M.A. in Criminology from Penn State University and her B.M. in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to Penn State, she worked with individuals in halfway houses, substance use rehabilitation programs, sex offender treatment programs, and individuals with mental health diagnoses as a board certified music therapist.