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Alexander Testa
Affiliated Scholar
Justice Policy Center

Alexander Testa is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and an affiliated scholar at the Urban Institute. He has research expertise on the health consequences of involvement with the criminal legal system, including how experiences with arrest, conviction, and incarceration influence the health and health behaviors of individuals, families, and communities. Additionally, Testa’s research addresses how personal and vicarious exposure to crime and violence affect health. He has published more than 145 peer-reviewed articles in leading health and criminology journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Criminology, and JAMA Pediatrics. Testa earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s of public policy degree from American University, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety
Health and health care
Behavioral health and justice
Alternatives to incarceration
Crime and justice analytics
Delinquency and crime
LGBTQ+ people and criminal justice
Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice
Criminal prosecution
Food deserts and food supply
Food insecurity and hunger
Hunger and food assistance
Health equity
Public health
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Mental health
Mass incarceration
Incarcerated adults
Incarcerated women