Dr. Sturdavant is a Research Associate Professor in the Morgan State University, Center for Urban Health Equity, whose experience as a public health practitioner spans academic, government and clinical settings. She has served as the Principal Investigator of a SAMHSA funded community-based intervention program for young adults; an Evaluation Fellow with the Army Institute of Public Health; and as a Clinical Case Manager for children and adolescents with mental health needs.
Her research has involved exploring the role of mental health in juvenile justice outcomes among serious offenders and working with community-based organizations to assess the mental health needs of returning citizens post incarceration. Additionally, Dr. Sturdavant has examined adverse childhood experiences, deaths of despair, and disparities in opioid overdose outcomes among Maryland adults during her time with the MDH Behavioral Health Administration, Office of Applied Research and Evaluation.
Dr. Sturdavant is an Alumna of the MSU, School of Community Health and Policy, earning her Doctorate in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Health Science in 2015. Her research interests include community mental health and wellbeing, health inequities across the life course and community led solutions to social and systemic determinants of health in urban settings.