Research Areas

Behavioral Health

Behavioral health problems are risk factors for and outcomes of violence and crime. Current projects are focused on the assessment and treatment of mental health and substance use problems, including opioid addiction.

Risk Assessment

Structured risk assessment is a key component of evidence-based correctional policy and clinical practice. Current projects in this area are focused on the performance of pretrial risk assessment tools and how to support their integration into policy and practice.


One counterterrorism strategy involves identifying individuals at heightened risk of joining terrorist groups or perpetrating terrorist attacks. Current projects are focused on establishing terrorism risk factors and testing threat assessment strategies.

Criminal Justice Reform

Increasingly, alternative responses are being used in lieu of traditional criminal justice processing. Current projects are focused on implementing and evaluating pre- and post-booking jail diversion programs.