SUMMARY OF RESEARCH
Areas of Expertise: My research examines women and youth system-involvement, sentencing policies, the carceral system, 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 their practices with an emphasis on gender-responsive strategies.
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 were 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 2021 American Society of Criminology conference.
With Susana Avalos, doctoral student at ODU, I am examining how the U.S. carceral system supervises and treats LGBTQ+ clients. We seek to address homophobia and transphobia to develop support for trans individuals who are neglected in binary correctional policies and practices. Together, we are working on a book chapter and a manuscript for review.