Biography

Education: Joint PhD in Social Work and Sociology (2001), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  MA (1996) in Sociology, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. MSW (1991) with concentration in management and planning of mental health, University of California at Berkeley.  BS (1985) in Psychology, Emory University – Atlanta.  Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.   Dissertation Title: Elder Abuse Behind Bars: Risk Factors and Solutions. This dissertation is co-chaired by Dr. Richard Lempert and Dr. Sheila Feld. Journal Publications: American Journal of Criminal Justice; Crime & Delinquency; Criminal Justice Review; Federal Probation; International Criminal Justice Review; Journal of Adolescent Health; Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice; Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy; The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; Perspectives – – The  Journal of the America Probation and Parole Association; Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Book Chapters: Elders, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System: Myths, Perceptions, and Reality in the 21st Century; Exploring Delinquency: Causes and Control; Prisons and Jails: A Reader. Research/Grant Experience: Co-Principal Investigator (10/2003-9/2004) on a three-year grant [Award #U351D030179] funded for a total of ~775,000 dollars by the U.S. Department of Education.  As Co-PI, I conceptualized and implemented the evaluation strategy for this longitudinal study that examines the effects of enhanced language-arts education in rural middle schools with children who are at risk of educational failure (part of this grant was focused on the prevention of student-on-student victimization).  Research Consultant (5/2002-5/2003) and Co-Principal Investigator (5/2003-9/2004) on a multi-year grant  [Award #97-MU-FX-KO12(S-1)] funded for a total of ~618,000 dollars by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  As a Research Consultant and Co-PI, I developed a multi-component survey protocol for assessing student safety and victimization dynamics.  I also worked with a multi-disciplinary team to design, write, implement, and evaluate a school violence prevention curriculum for 7th – grade students.  Principle Investigator (1996-2001) of a multi-method state-wide examination of the safety and inmate-on-inmate victimization of older prisoners. Competencies in qualitative and quantitative survey design, data collection, data entry, data analysis, literature reviews, conference presentations, and writing book chapters and journal articles.  Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) at the University of Michigan (1991-1993).  Research consultant for the Alameda County Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs (1990-1991).  Research interests: Violence prevention in high-school settings, factors affecting the safety and inmate-on-inmate victimization of older prisoners, service needs and service utilization patterns of older prisoners, gerontological criminology, rates of recidivism among older prisoners released into the community with and without supervision, public opinion and the development of public policy related to juvenile and criminal justice, and problems associated with juvenile court abolition as a judicial tactic to advance a rights-based jurisprudence for all children. Teaching experience:General instructional experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels for courts, introduction to criminal justice, community corrections, correctional systems, diversity issues in criminal justice, juvenile justice, research methods, statistical interpretation, and victimology.  I have specialized instructional expertise in: 1) the development of undergraduate- and graduate-level curricula to include alcohol and drug rehabilitation issues for multi-problem, relapse-prone, chemically-dependent offenders; and 2) victim-oriented issues such as models of victimization, reactions to victimization, and the clinical signs and symptoms (as per DSM-IV-TR) experienced by survivors of traumatic criminal victimization. Courses Instructed: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Community Corrections, Institutional Corrections, Special Populations in Prison, Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice, Research Methods and Statistical Interpretation, and Victimology.