Much of the success of the Institute is built on the tireless work of our highly skilled graduate students. Although trained and supervised by faculty, each student member assists and often leads an Institute project during the course of their tenure. Student members assist in data gathering, analysis, publication and grant writing. They are encouraged to work directly with Washington State Criminal Justice Agencies and often utilize Institute data and projects as part of their dissertation.
Alex Kigerl, M.A. – Data Analyst
Alex Kigerl is currently in his third year at WSU, pursuing his Ph.D. As the institute’s Data Analyst, he works directly with our partners creating data sets and incorporating measures from multiple sources and state agencies. He is also responsible for statistical analysis of selected projects, and his work has led to publications in the areas of reentry housing services, violence related to prison transfers and offender risk assessment. Current Institute projects include the development of WADOC’s offender risk assessment system (STRONG-R), assessing the development and implementation of the gender-sensitive STRONG-R, the development of a civil commitment risk assessment for the seriously mentally ill, and the creation of a sex offender typology. A portion of his work is sponsored by contracts awarded by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC).
Christopher Campbell, M.A. – Senior Research Associate
Christopher Campbell is in his fourth year at WSU, currently completing his dissertation. He is the program manager for the DOC's Evidence Based Practices Project, which seeks to identify, map and train staff on EBPs recommended for use by WSU. Additional Institute projects include the Washington State Offender Typology project and a multistate evaluation on the predictive impact of supervision violations. His dissertation utilizes WADOC data as well as correction officer interviews to assess the variability and utility of technical violations and revocations of community supervision. A portion of his work is sponsored by contracts awarded by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC).
Ming-Li Hsieh, M.A. – Senior Research Associate
Ming-Li Hsieh is in her third year at WSU, pursuing her Ph.D. Currently, she is managing three Institute projects including the Snohomish County Drug Court Evaluation, the WADOC’s offender risk assessment system for sex offenders (STRONG-R-SO), and the Spokane County Behavioral Health Therapeutic Drug Court Evaluation Project. Her dissertation will provide a comparative look at sex offender risk assessment between the U.S. and Taiwanese systems. A portion of her work is sponsored by contracts awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC), and Snohomish County.
Lauren Block, M.A.
Lauren Block is in her fourth year at WSU, currently completing her dissertation. Her Institute projects include the development of WADOCs offender risk assessment system (STRONG-R), an assessment of drug court failure, and an evaluation of Spokane’s Expedited Case Resolution (ECR) program. Her dissertation utilizes Spokane county court data to assess the efficiency of court practices and court room work group relationships.
Chyla Aguiar, M.A.
Chyla Aguiar is in her third year at WSU, pursuing her Ph.D. Her primary institute project involves a process and outcome evaluation of Washington State’s Parenting Sentencing Alternative. The intervention allows for the early release of primary guardians in an effort to reestablish their lives and relationships with their children. She is currently surveying stakeholders and analyzing outcome data.
Roger Schafer, M.A.
Roger Schafer is in his third year at WSU, currently completing his dissertation. His primary institute project entails the development of a sex offender typology for offenders reentering the community from incarceration. His dissertation examines the provision of treatment and services of sex offenders on community supervision.
Elizabeth Hattenburg, M.A.
Elizabeth Hattenburg is in her third year at WSU, pursuing her Ph.D. Her current Institute projects include the Washington State Offender Typology project and violence related to prison transfers. Specifically, her research examines institutional violence among gang members.
Michael Campagna, M.A.
Michael Campagna is in his second year at WSU, currently pursuing his Ph.D. His current Institute projects include the development of WADOCs offender risk assessment system (STRONG-R) and the evaluation of WADOCs Evidence-Based Practices Prison Pilot. His work is sponsored by contracts awarded by the WADOC.
Jihye Yoo, M.A.
Jihye Yoo is in her second year at WSU, pursuing her Ph.D. Currently she participates on two instate projects, which include the Spatial Dynamics of Offender Risk and the assessment of community supervision dosage.
Andrea Walker, M.A.
Andrea Walker is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Currently she is assisting in the development of WADOC’s offender risk assessment system for sex offenders (STRONG-R-SO) and an evaluation of Spokane’s Expedited Case Resolution (ECR) program. Her work to date has focused on criminal law and procedure, sex offender registration, and reentry.
Youngki Woo, M.A.
Youngki Woo is in his third year at WSU, pursuing his Ph.D. Currently he is examining social support factors as they relate to recidivism and behavioral changes for inmates. His research provides a comparative focus between Washington State offenders and a similar sample gathered from Korea.
Elizabeth Thompson Tollefsbol, M.A.
Elizabeth Tollefsbol is in her third year at WSU, pursuing her Ph.D. Currently, she is assisting in the construction of the needs assessment for Washington State's STRONG-R offender assessment tool. Her research focuses on program effectiveness and issues of competency and gender responsivity.