We use psychological science to inform how we assess and treat persons at risk of violence, crime, and terrorism.
We work with community partners to gain knowledge and produce solutions that improve public health and public safety.
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.
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.
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.
Lab members have published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. See a list here.
Lab members have authored book chapters on topics including domestic violence, risk assessment, and research methods. See a list here.
Abstracts are often published to summarize presentations at professional meetings.
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Lab members have written reports for local, state, and federal agencies and committees.
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Other publications written by lab members include op-eds and executive summaries.
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Learn more about the training and consultation Dr. Sarah Desmarais provides for START implementation and practice here.
Dr. Desmarais is available for conference keynotes, expert panels, trainings, and workshops. To learn more, please contact Dr. Sarah Desmarais.