Dr. Sarah Huggins Scarbrough is a proud Virginian residing in Richmond. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2005. In 2007, she graduated with her Master’s in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Scarbrough received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012.
With a concentration in Criminal Justice, Dr. Scarbrough spent four years conducting her dissertation research titled: Reducing Recidivism in Returning Offenders with Alcohol and Drug Related Offenses: Contracts for the Delivery of Authentic Peer Based Recovery Support Services. The study revealed a significant decrease in recidivism rate (18%) for those who went through the Kingdom Life Ministries (KLM) program and a cost savings of almost $8 million during the study period. Study results have been published in numerous print and media outlets including the ONDCP Newsletter, Washington Post, Richmond Times Dispatch, Associated Press, and local NBC, Fox, and CBS affiliates. Dr. Scarbrough continues to work with the KLM program and studying their effectiveness.
Dr. Scarbrough is very involved with the community and has volunteered and worked with substance abuse organizations for several years. She began working with the McShin Foundation in 2006, and has been involved with them since, and also works closely with the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia. She is a board member of American Epiphany and Great Aspirations Scholarship Program. As a community volunteer, she is also active in helping Humanity Helping Sudan and the Lost Boys of Sudan network and associated charities. She has had further experience in managing, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and consulting for non-profit organizations.
In partnership with Federal Judge, Henry Hudson, and Dr. John Reitzel, she worked on and completed a study entitled Drug, Crime, and the Gateway Effect: A study of Federal Crime Defendants. Dr. Scarbrough continues to work on various research studies relating to mentoring programs, substance abuse and treatment, and fatherhood. Sarah is married and has two children.