Carol is a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellow funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a Licensed Social Worker in Illinois with more than 2 years of clinical practice experience. Carol’s research interests include health inequality, social determinants of health, intervention implementation, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), and substance use disorder (SUD) in the context of oppressed young population. She is currently associated with the Newark Community Collaborative Board (NCCB) as a research staff managing data for federally funded Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) project (R01MD010629) using CBPR approach testing the application of evidence-based interventions to address COVID-19 testing among marginalized population. Her dissertation research examines the acceptability and usability of a culturally tailored evidence-based SUD intervention for justice system-engaged young African American adults. Her other areas of current research include: examination of COVID-19 related disruptions in HIV continuum of care in Michigan, investigation on critical dialogue as mechanism of change in oppressive thinking and behaviors, and a study exploring barriers for marginalized young adults recovering from SUD during COVID-19 in New Jersey. It is her plan to develop an additional line of research focusing on digital mental health and technology-based interventions utilizing social media and technology to prevent and reduce SUD among marginalized young adults.