College of Arts and Sciences

Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Jacqueline van Wormer

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Assistant Professor
SAC 403A, WSU Spokane
Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. Criminal Justice, 2010, Washington State University
M.A. Criminal Justice, 1992, Washington State University


Jacqueline van Wormer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Prior to this faculty appointment, Dr. van Wormer held various positions in the criminal justice field, including serving as the MacArthur Foundation Coordinator for the Benton/Franklin Counties Juvenile Court, Intervention Services Manager, Probation Supervisor and Coordinator for both the Adult and Juvenile Drug programs in Benton/Franklin Counties. Dr. van Wormer has extensive experience in building and measuring fidelity models for court and social service programs, and served as a Quality Assurance specialist for the Washington State Juvenile Court Administrators Risk/Needs Assessment tool. Dr. van Wormer is a Faculty member for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) and has served as a contractor for the Center for Children and Youth Justice (Seattle). She has lectured extensively across the country on issues related to courts, addiction, treatment, adolescent brain development and the drug court model. Dr. van Wormer has worked with dozens of planning and operational drug court teams to assist in technical assistance, facilitation and training of courts.

Dr. van Wormer has taught courses in Program Evaluation, Criminal Courts, Juvenile Justice, Drugs, Alcohol and Crime, Ethics, and Violence against Women. Dr. van Wormer has numerous published and pending articles and book chapters focused on drug court model fidelity, effective substance abuse treatment options for offenders, and collaboration among social service agencies.

Dr. van Wormer received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Washington State University. Current areas of study and research focus on application of life course theory with Latino youth and young adults; juvenile justice trends, interagency collaborative partnership “drift” within court models; and the creation of a drug court “lifecycle” model for program integrity measurement. Dr. van Wormer can be reached at or 509-628-2663.

Courses Taught

Juvenile Justice, Criminal Courts, Institutional Corrections, Violence Towards Women, Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

Research Interests

Interagency collaboration in the criminal justice field; Drug courts; Correctional treatment programs and program integrity; Drug wars and global security; Evidence-based policing; Disproportionate minority contact and juvenile justice: and Adolescent gangs.




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