Criminal Justice Faculty

 

Steven G. Brandl, PhD

Specialties:

  • Criminal investigation
  • Police use of force
  • Health and safety issues in policing
  • Police decision making and behavior
  • Police policy
  • Hazards of police work
 

Danielle Romain Dagenhardt, PhD

Specialties:

  • Courts and sentencing
  • Prosecutorial discretion
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Gender and racial disparities
 

Tina Freiburger, PhD
Dean

Specialties:

  • Program evaluation
  • Criminal sentencing
  • Gender and racial disparities in the criminal justice system
  • Juvenile justice and decision making in the juvenile court
 

Kimberly D. Hassell, PhD

Specialties:

  • Police policy
  • Police decision making and behavior
  • Police management
  • Women and policing
  • Police-community relations
  • Race and criminal justice
  • Administration of justice
  • Criminal justice processing
 

Rebecca Headley, PhD

Specialties:

  • The effect of neighborhood context and local institutions on offending, corrections and parolee outcomes
 

Thomas LeBel, PhD
Criminal Justice & Criminology Chair

Specialties:

  • Prisoner reintegration
  • Desistance from crime
  • Stigma and formerly incarcerated persons
  • Intervention strategies with correctional clients
  • Substance use treatment and services for criminal justice involved individuals
  • Women involved with the criminal justice system
  • Drug courts
 

Theodore S. Lentz, PhD

Specialties:

  • Geographic criminology
  • Decision-making
  • Crime networks
  • Urban sociology
  • Gun violence

Social Work Faculty

 

Lisa Berger, PhD

Specialties:

  • Alcohol assessment and alcohol intervention in medical and workplace settings
 

Ai Bo, PhD

Specialties:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Evidence-based practice for behavioral and mental health problems
  • Adolescent development and substance use prevention
  • Adolescent alcohol use decision making
 

Michael Brondino, PhD

Specialties:

  • Test development
  • Readability of questionnaire items
  • Intervention improvement
  • Mental health services
  • HIV/STD prevention
  • Alcohol and drug prevention programming
 

Colleen Galambos, PhD
Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology

Specialties:

  • Care transitions and advance care planning
  • Aging in place
  • Health and long term care systems quality improvement
  • Gerontechnology
  • Interprofessional practice
 

Jane Hereth, PhD

Specialties:

  • The determinants and impacts of social and structural exclusion, gender-based violence, and criminal legal system involvement on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth.
 

Colleen Janczewski, PhD, MSW

Specialties:

  • Child maltreatment
  • Agency decision-making in public systems
  • Concentrated poverty and cumulative risk
  • Client engagement and autonomy
  • Program evaluation
 

Melinda S. Kavanaugh, PhD, LCSW

Specialties:

  • Caregiver health literacy
  • Cultural implications of caregiving
  • Youth caregivers/young carers
  • Impact of chronic illness on the family
  • Social work and health care
  • Director, PhD in Social Welfare program
 

Yura Lee, PhD

Specialties:

  • Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults
  • Cognitive decline after late-life transitions including retirement and widowhood
  • Leisure activity participation and cognitive function in later life
  • Intergenerational support: grandchildren as caregivers of dementia patients
  • Health and mental health of older Asian immigrants
 

Gwat-Yong Lie, PhD
Associate Dean

Specialties:

  • Homelessness
  • Child welfare – staff training and development
  • Violence against women and children
  • Multicultural competence
 

Steven McMurtry, PhD

Specialties:

  • Co-director, Child Welfare Training Program
 

Joshua Mersky, PhD

Specialties:

  • Adversity, trauma and resilience
  • Prevention and intervention
  • Program evaluation
  • Translational science
 

David J. Pate Jr., PhD
Social Work Chair

Specialties:

  • Poverty
  • Social welfare policy
  • Child support enforcement policy
  • Life-course perspective of black males
  • Violence prevention and young black males
 

Susan Rose, PhD

Specialties:

  • Director, Training for Adoption Competency program, funded by Jockey International
  • Chair, international studies committee
  • Coordinator, Social Work Department’s adjunct faculty program
 

Dimitri Topitzes, PhD

Specialties:

  • Long-term effects of child maltreatment
  • Interventions for preventing or treating child maltreatment and early life trauma
  • Evaluation of innovative mindfulness programming for justice populations
 

Trina Salm Ward

Specialties:

  • Infant sleep practices
  • Infant and family health
  • Racial disparities in maternal and infant health
  • Community-based research
  • Public health social work
 

Amy Watson, PhD

Specialties:

  • Mental health policy & services
  • Serious mental illness
  • Research methods
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reducing the involvement of law enforcement/criminal legal system