Criminal Justice & Criminology Faculty

 

Danielle Romain Dagenhardt, PhD

Specialties:

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

Tina Freiburger, PhD
Dean and Professor

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 Konkel, 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
 

Alyssa Sheeran, PhD

Specialties:

  • Disparities (e.g., race/ethnicity, sex, age) in the criminal justice system
  • Correlates of jail recidivism
  • Adult drug treatment courts and veteran’s treatment courts

My research focuses on examining potential disparities in the criminal justice system related to sentencing decisions; and the influence of individual- and neighborhood-level factors that affect the likelihood of recidivism post-jail. I have experience conducting program evaluations for various agencies across Wisconsin, and currently have funding for a process and outcome evaluation of the Milwaukee County Adult Drug Treatment Court. I hope to draw additional funding in the future that will support both masters and doctoral students.

 

Stan Stojkovic, PhD

Specialties:

  • Philosophy of criminal justice
  • Criminal justice administration
  • Corrections, jails, correctional leadership, and prisoner re-entry

Social Work Faculty

 

Lisa Berger, PhD
Associate Dean and Professor

Specialties:

  • Unhealthy alcohol use
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for unhealthy substance use
  • Integrated substance use disorder and psychological trauma treatment

My research focuses on unhealthy alcohol use and expanding the base of alcohol and other drug use intervention into health care settings. I have been involved in numerous substance use research, evaluation, and training projects over the past 20+ years. These projects have included the efficacy of alcohol behavioral treatments in combination with medications, studies on alcohol screening and brief intervention for individuals engaged in hazardous and harmful drinking, and alcohol biomarker research.

My current projects focus on integrated substance use disorder and psychological trauma treatment. I currently am the Co-Principal Investigator of a training project titled Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling. I have served as an advisor to several doctoral students over the years, published with many more, and I count several former students as current colleagues in the substance use research field.

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

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, MSW (she/her)

Specialties:

  • Examining social and structural exclusion among LGBTQIA+ communities
  • Gender-based violence
  • Criminal legal system involvement

My research examines the impact and intersection of interpersonal and state violence on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth and young adults. My previous work investigated young transgender women’s pathways into the criminal legal system. Currently, I serve as the Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded study examining transgender women’s trajectories of victimization, help-attainment, and mental health. I am excited to expand my research team to include new doctoral students.

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

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

Dimitri Topitzes, PhD

Specialties:

  • Long-term effects of child maltreatment
  • Interventions for preventing or treating child maltreatment and early life trauma
  • Evaluation of prison entry programs

My research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of trauma responsive service models integrated within publicly funded programs such as child welfare. I have developed the T-SBIRT model, and after completing multiple feasibility studies, I am now conducting outcome evaluations of the model.
I currently have funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program and Medical College of Wisconsin. I hope to draw down future funding that will enable support of doctoral students.

Trina Salm Ward, PhD, APSW

Specialties:

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

My research focuses on infant and maternal health, specifically, reducing risk of sleep-related infant deaths such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation. I am currently studying the context of infant sleep and parental decision-making about infant sleep practices. I am also evaluating approaches to educate families on safe infant sleep, such as group education and home visiting models, as well as hospital-based interventions. I am seeking funding for the next phases of my research, including funding to support doctoral students.

Amy Watson, PhD

Specialties:

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