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Brielle Savage

PhD Student

Research Areas

Gun Violence
Violence Exposure and Victimization
Juvenile Delinquency
Illicit Firearm Carrying
Trauma and Coping Mechanisms


Brielle Savage started as a Ph.D. student in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University- Newark in the Fall of 2023. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern University and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University-Camden. She has close to ten years of experience in the Criminal Justice profession including experience providing direct service, mentorship, and advocacy for justice-involved youth and experience as a criminal defense trial investigator.

She is currently a doctoral student trainee with The State of New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and also a BRIDGS Emergent Scholar Fellow with Arizona State University Center for The Study of Guns in Society. She serves as a Research Assistant and Research Writer, actively engaged in collecting data, data analysis, and manuscript development for several projects.

Brielle’s research interests broadly include gun violence, violence exposure and victimization, and juvenile delinquency. Brielle specifically is interested in mixed-method studies that examine the lived experience of individuals that have tragically lost a loved one to gun violence.

In her free time, she enjoys being a mother, staying busy, crafting, spending time with family, and being at the beach.