Stacey Cutbush

Stacey Cutbush Starseed

Senior Social Scientist


PhD, Health Behavior/Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Education, Social Foundations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, English and Secondary Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Stacey Cutbush Starseed is a senior social scientist in RTI’s Center for Safety, Victimization, and Resilience, where she directs the Violence and Resilience Research program. She served as the principal investigator for the NIJ-funded Measuring Outcomes in Services to Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking: Instrument Development and Testing project. This NIJ-funded grant study involved creating an instrument to describe human trafficking client status in several domains relevant to key human trafficking program outcomes and assessing the instrument’s validity and ability to detect change over time. Dr. Cutbush also serves as the project director for the OVC-funded Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance project, and the NIJ-funded project, Identify, Respond, Prevent: Addressing Human Trafficking among Juvenile Justice– and Child Welfare–Involved Youth.

She is an expert in process and outcome evaluation design, quantitative and qualitative instrument development and testing, and cognitive interviewing. Prior to joining RTI, she served as a public high school English teacher. Dr. Cutbush Starseed currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health and is a member of the American Public Health Association and the American Society of Criminology.

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