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Street Scholars Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary Print E-mail

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On June 14, 2013, the Street Scholars Peer Mentoring Program celebrated its one-year anniversary together. We have a lot celebrate!

Peer Mentoring Study - A Success! Print E-mail

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The Gamble Institute's (TGI) pilot study of a peer mentoring program for newly released men on parole was a success!  The study, funded by the UCSF School of Nursing, was developed and led by TGI's co-founders, William Grajeda, Yema Lee, Elizabeth Marlow, and Earthy Young.

Street Scholars Present at Scientific Conference Print E-mail

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On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Street Scholars, Marcus Austin, Victoria Perez, Ron Moss, and Elizabeth Marlow participated in the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California’s First Annual Scientific Research Conference. 

TGI's Publishes First Report on NVC and Male Parolees Print E-mail


We were ecstatic when the report from our study, "Nonviolent Communication and Empathy in Male Parolees" was published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care earlier this year.  The report describes an NVC intervention developed in collaboration with men on parole.  The intervention was delievered to 30 male parolees living a substance abuse treatment program.  Study results found a significant increase in participants' level of empathy after the NVC intervention and the participants were able use the NVC skills in a variety of settings and situations.

Click here to read the abstract from exciting and seminal research report!

Don't feel like reading, click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Marlow discussing this important study.

If you would like a full copy of the report, contact Elizabeth at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


On September 28, 2010, Dr. Elizabeth Marlow was honored to represent TGI's Participatory Action Research Group at the 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The conference, sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, celebrated its 10th anniversary with over 500 attendees!


All of the 1.6 million individuals incarcerated in the U.S. today belong to a family.  While the deleterious effects of incarceration on the family are well known, there is little understanding of the role family plays in the reintegration process after prison. Therefore, TGI's Participatory Action Research Group was thrilled to begin the study, "What Does Family Mean to You? The Reintegration Experience of Parolees and their Families", in Summer 2010. Participatory Action Research (PAR) employs a method of inquiry that works directly with community members to develop research projects that address their specific concers.  "What Does Family Mean to You?", developed in partnership with 16 paroled adults and their family members, explores the reintegration process from both parolees' and family members' perspectives. This is one of the first studies to examine the role that family relationships and structure play in the reintegration efforts of paroled adults. Initially funded by the UCLA School of Nursing, where Dr. Marlow was a post-doctoral fellow, the study is now supported by TGI. 


In June 2009, TGI completed its first successful research project, NVC Live!.  The purpose of the project was to determine the impact of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training on male parolees' level of empathy.  NVC teaches conflict resolution via empathic communication skills. Empathy is the capacity to understand another person's experience.  A lack of empathy is associated with antisocial and criminal behavior.


team-nvcThere were two phases to this project.  During phase one, 8 current and former parolees met weekly for ten weeks with TGI staff, and an NVC expert facilitator to learn NVC and design the education program, NVC Live!. This was project for parolees, by parolees!  During the second phase, NVC Live! was presented to the residents of Medford House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility fo rmen on parole.  More than 40 men recieved 15 weeks of NVC training and 30 men participated in the evaluation of NVC Live!  The evaluation included and empathy questionnaire completed before and after the program, focus groups, and indivdual interviews. 

Click on the links below to read TGI's recently published research efforts.  If you would like information about this article or have questions about any of the articles posted here, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training and Empathy in Male Parolees (Abstract only - contact Elizabeth for a copy of the full report)

Click here to listen to the NVC Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Marlow!

Barriers and Facilitators: Parolees' Perceptions of Community Health Care

Prison Experiences and the Reintegration of Male Parolees

The Composite First Person Narrative: Texture, Structure, and Meaning in Writing Dhenomenological Descriptions

Recidivism in HIV-Infected Incarcerated Adults: Influence of the Lack of a High School Education

Impact of Prison Status on HIV-Related Risk Behaviors