Research Areas

Behavioral Health

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

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 how risk assessment tools perform in the "real world", as well as how to support their integration into practice.

Terrorism

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

Criminal Justice Alternatives

Increasingly, alternative responses are being used in lieu of traditional criminal justice processing. Current projects in this area are focused on evaluating jail diversion programs and developing performance measures for restorative justice responses to domestic violence.