Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., Northeastern University
B.A., Rhode Island College
My research agenda is primarily in the areas of victimology, domestic violence, substance abuse and crime, violence prevention and program evaluation. I have developed a number of substance-abuse treatment and violence-prevention programs for high-risk youth and criminal-justice populations, and I have been the principal investigator on multiple federal, state and local research grants.
Some of my research projects have included a National Cross-Site Evaluation of Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; high risk youth, domestic-violence and victim-focused program development and evaluations; participation in a statewide evaluation of the Youth Strategies Grant as the primary researcher for programs administered in Washington County, Md.; development and evaluation of substance-abuse and violence treatment and prevention programs for high-risk youth, parents and the elderly; development and research of the first multidisciplinary domestic-violence assessment, referral and treatment team in Maryland and I was the lead researcher and co-developer of the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.
My most current research involves the study of child victimization and its effects on later delinquency and several program evaluations funded by O.J.J.D.P. for substance-abuse and violence-prevention programs. My research has been published and presented at conferences throughout the United States. I have also organized a number of national and state-level workshops, trainings and conferences.
I also serve as director of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, an academically based training program for victim-service professionals that operates through the University of Baltimore. I am the editor and a co-author of the academy's curriculum, as well as a faculty trainer.
I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including Research Techniques in Criminal Justice, Advanced Criminology, Administration of Justice, Victimology, Correctional Perspectives and Domestic Violence.