Angela L. Walter, Psy.D., is a 2021 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Kate Evarts Rice, PsyD, Committee Chair
  • Elena Balduzzi, PsyD, Committee Member
  • Robin Belcher-Timme, PhD, Committee Member


CoSA, Circles of support and accountability, substance use, community-based program, community justice, incarceration, corrections, program design

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This dissertation aimed to adapt Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) to a substance-involved population in New Hampshire (NH). CoSA is a volunteer-based community program that provides accountability and various forms of support to previously incarcerated individuals rejoining the community. Program recommendations were created through qualitative realist thematic analysis of a literature review and interviews. Recommendations were integrated with existing CoSA manuals to create the proposed program. NH CoSA, through the principles of narrative reconstruction, risk-need-responsivity, and the Good Lives Model, aims to help individuals successfully re-integrate into their community over a period of about a year. The program will serve substance-involved individuals in NH county jails, with little pro-social support, who will be released to a NH community. Finally, the limitations of the study design and recommendations for future research are discussed.


Angela Walter

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0001-8511-2893