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Institute for Criminal Justice

Student Involvement

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.

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. – Research Analyst

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 WADOCís 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. As the research assistant for the Correctional Industries Evaluation project, Rogerís tasks vary based on project needs. His current tasks include data acquisition, aiding in methodological design, and analytical planning. In the future, he will manage data, conduct analyses, and assist in manuscript production. Roger will also be afforded the opportunity to present the projectís evaluation model at the National Correctional Industries Association annual meeting in April of 2015. Furthermore, he will be coauthoring a series of manuscripts with the faculty that aim to fill empirical gaps in the existing literature on correctional industries.

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. – Research Analyst

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 WADOCís offender risk assessment system for sex offenders (STRONG-R-SO) and an evaluation of Spokaneís 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.

Brianne Posey, M.S.

Brianne is in her first year in the Ph.D. program at WSU in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests are juvenile delinquency, violent crime, gender and crime, and community corrections. Her current projects involve working with a team of researchers to examine findings from the statewide implementation of Washington Stateís Swift and Certain (SAC) program. Additionally, she works with fellow faculty members to assess the current internal operations and outcomes of four programs offered by the Washington State Department of Corrections: Co-occurring Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Anger Control Training/Alternatives to Aggression, Moral Reconation Therapy and Moving On.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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