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Tara Richards


Tara Richards

assistant professor
School of Criminal Justice

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.6087

Ph.D., University of South Florida
M.S., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Tara N. Richards’s major research interests include violence against women; mental health, substance abuse, and trauma/violence; and evaluation research. Her most recent empirical work has been published in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Violence and Victims,andshe is the Co-Editor of Sexual victimization: Then and now. Tara is the recipient of the 2011 American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime’s graduate scholar award and was honored by the University of South Florida’s Department of Criminology with an Outstanding Criminology Ambassador Alumni Award for her policy-relevant scholarship concerning intimate partner violence and her service supporting dating violence prevention in adolescents in the Tampa Bay, FL area.