SUMMARY OF RESEARCH

Areas of Expertise: My research examines women and youth system-involvement, correctional policies, and the impacts of incarceration on families. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods, with an emphasis on mixed methods. Often, the needs of those impacted by the legal system are "out of sight, out of mind." By using qualitative feminist and participatory action methods, I work collaboratively with families and clients to develop actionable policy recommendations. 

To date, I published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Feminist Criminology, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research​. I have been involved with several externally and internally funded research projects. I conduct research with multiple agencies in the community. I help agencies implement and evaluate evidence-based practices with an emphasis on gender-responsive strategies.

CURRENT PROJECTS

As Co-PI with faculty from Wichita State Schools of Psychology and Social Work, together we are conducting photovoice groups, listening sessions, and a community assessment aimed to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The results will be shared at a community Summit in February. 

As P-I with co-investigator Dr. Meghan Novisky, we are in the data collection phase of a mixed methods study to assess the impacts of having a family member incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial results will be presented at the Prisoner's Family Conference and CrimCon. 

As lead author, I am examining how gender-responses can be expanded to account for marginalized women. I published one piece on this area in Corrections: Policy, Practice, Research and am starting a new manuscript with Susana Avalos, graduate student at UC Irvine, to further examine best practice for trans* individuals who are neglected in binary correctional policies and practices. 

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