Joel K. Cartwright

Research Psychologist

Joel Cartwright


  • MS, Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • BA, Criminology, North Carolina State University
  • AA, Wake Technical Community College

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Joel Cartwright conducts research in the Violence and Victimization Research Program, part of the RTI International Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience. With skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and reporting, he has contributed to a variety of projects at the crossroads of criminology and psychology.

Some of Mr. Cartwright’s recent projects include an assessment of TROSA, a substance abuse treatment program whose operations help the state of North Carolina save $7.5 million per year in health care and social services costs. He has also been a key member of teams studying military workplace violence, reentry and recidivism, chronic pain treatment, and health risks among military personnel in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Cartwright, who joined RTI in 2013, is a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a special interest in military and veteran populations. He is president-elect of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Student Board and active in the American Psychology-Law Society.