Criminal Justice Ph.D. Program Faculty Listing, Research Interests, and Scholarly Activity

Fall 2017

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  • Faculty Research Interests

    Kevin Barnes-Ceeney, Ph.D.
    CUNY John Jay College, 2013
    Assistant Professor
    Corrections, Reentry Risk Assessment and Case Management, Community Justice, Evidence-based Offender Programs, Action Research

    William H. Carbone, MPA
    University of New Haven, 1974
    Senior Lecturer & Executive Director of Justice Programs and of the Tow Youth Justice Insitute
    Juvenile Justice, Reduction of Mass Incarceration

    James J. Cassidy, Ph.D.
    Hahnemann University, 1993
    J.D. Villanova University, 1989
    Associate Professor
    Insanity, Competence to Stand Trial, Mental Illness

    Michael J. Clark, M.A.
    Seton Hall University, 1981
    Senior Lecturer
    White Collar Crime, Public Corruption Investigations, Advanced Investigative Techniques, and Interviewing and Interrogation

    Kendell Coker, Ph.D.
    Nova Southeastern University, 2007
    J.D. Loyola University Chicago, 2012
    Assistant Professor
    Juvenile Justice, Racial Disparities in CJ System, Violence

    Danielle T. Cooper, Ph.D.
    University of Florida, 2015
    Assistant Professor, & Director of Research of Tow Youth Justice Institute
    Criminological Theories, Youths and Young Adults, Sex Offending, Substance Abuse & Delinquency Prevention

    John DeCarlo, Ph.D.
    CUNY Graduate Center, 2010
    Associate Professor & M.S. CJ Online Program Coordinator
    Policing Methodologies, Police System Organization, Eyewitness Memory, Policing Efficacy and Management Strategies

    Leila B. Dutton, Ph.D.
    University of Rhode Island, 2004
    Associate Professor
    Stalking and Unwanted Pursuit, Partner Violence

    Kenneth Gray, M.P.S.
    University of Connecticut, 2008
    Detection of Deception, Interviews and Interrogations, Crisis Management, Intelligence and Terrorism

    Anne L. Kringen, Ph.D.
    Texas State University, 2014
    Assistant Professor
    Policing, Gender and Race in Criminal Justice, Mixed Methods Research Designs

    Jonathan A. Kringen, Ph.D.
    Texas State University, 2014
    Assistant Professor
    Environmental Criminology, Crime Analysis, School Safety, Immigration, Spatial Econometrics, Geographic Information Systems, Computational Methods, and Bayesian Analysis

    David Lambert, Ph.D.
    Northeastern University, 2013
    Assistant Professor
    Police Leadership and Innovation, Firearms Violence, Traffic Safety, Homeland Security, Intelligence-Led Policing

    Vesna Markovic, Ph.D.
    Sam Houston State University, 2009
    Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean
    Terrorism, Suicide Bombings, and Financing Terrorism; Transnational and Organized Crime

    Daniel K. Maxwell, MPA
    University of New Haven, 1994
    Law Enforcement and Police Work, Investigations and Issues in the Security Field

    David Myers, Ph.D.
    University of Maryland, 1999
    Professor & Ph.D. Program Director
    Criminal Justice Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Crime and Delinquency Prevention, Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis

    Fadia M. Narchet, Ph.D.
    Florida International University, 2005
    Interviewing & Interrogation, Witness Testimony, Factors Associated with Wrongful Conviction

    Mirlinda Ndrecka, Ph.D.
    University of Cincinnati, 2014
    Assistant Professor
    Reentry Programs, Correctional Theory, Correctional Program Assessment, Risk Assessment, Criminological Theory, Substance Abuse Offenders

    Martin O'Connor, J .D.
    University of Connecticut, 1981
    M.Div. Yale University, 2002
    Assistant Professor
    Criminal Justice Ethics, Historical Issues in Criminal Justice

    Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D.
    Georgetown University, 2011
    Associate Professor
    Strategic Decision Making, Former Soviet Union, Terrorism, Military

    David A. Schroeder, Ph.D.
    CUNY John Jay College, 2007
    Associate Professor and Associate Dean
    Investigations, Homicide, Tolerance, Pluralism, Diversity

    Christopher M. Sedelmaier, Ph.D.
    Rutgers University, 2003
    Professor & Director M.S. Criminal Justice Program
    Crime Prevention, Transit Systems and Crime, Environmental Criminology, Routine Activity Theory, Rational Choice Theory, and Crime Analysis

    Brian T. Smith, Ph.D.
    Rutgers University, 2013
    Assistant Professor
    Crime Opportunity Theory, Decision-making of Thieves, Shoplifting, Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse

    Richard Spano, Ph.D.
    SUNY Albany, 2002
    Associate Professor
    Prevention of Youth Gun Violence, Exposure to Violence and Adolescent Development for At-risk Youth

    Howard Stoffer, Ph.D.
    Columbia University, 1980
    Associate Professor
    American National Security, Nuclear Arms Control, Counter-Terrorism Institutions of the United Nations

    William L. Tafoya, Ph.D.
    University of Maryland, 1986
    National Security, Forensic Computer Investigation, Information Protection and Security, Cyber-Terrorism

    Tracy L. Tamborra, Ph.D.
    City University of New York, 2008
    Associate Professor
    Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Race, Class and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice

    Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo, Ph.D.
    SUNY Albany, 2011
    Associate Professor
    Structural and Biosocial Causes of Violence/ Homicide, Childhood Poverty and Family Violence, Crime Trends and Patterns, Research Design/Methods, Data Analysis, Testing Theories of Crime

    David W. Webb, Ph.D.
    Sam Houston State University, 2007
    Distinguished Lecturer/Director - Center for Advanced Policing

    Kento Yasuhara, Ph.D.
    Drexel University, 2012
    Assistant Professor
    Violence Risk Assessment, Perception of Mental Illness, Forensic Assessment, Treatment of Offenders with Mental Illness, Forensic Psychology, Secondary Data Analysis

  • Journal Articles, Books, & Book Chapters

    Carr, W. A., Baker, A. N., & Cassidy, J. J. (2016). Reducing criminal recidivism with an enhanced day reporting center for probationers with mental illness. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55(2), 95-112.

    Barnes-Ceeney, K. (2016). Developing social work in Kazakh- stan: A case study. In S. Hick (Ed.). Social work in Canada: An introduction. Thompson Educational Publishing: Toronto, Canada.

    Cooper, D.T. (In Press). Substance Use Among Inmates. In Kerley, Copes, De Li, Lane and Sharp (eds.) Invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Corrections. SAGE Publications.

    Cooper, D.T. (In Press). Second Chance Act. In Lockdown Nation: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends in American Prisons. ABC-CLIO Publications.

    Cooper, D.T. (In Press). Death Row. In Kerley, Copes, De Li, Lane, and Sharp (eds.) Invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Corrections. SAGE Publications.

    Klein, J.L. & Cooper, D.T. (2016). "Trial by Error: A Content Analysis of the Media Coverage Surrounding the Jerry Sandusky Trial." Justice Policy Journal, 13(1), 1-29.

    Klein, J.L. & Cooper, D.T. (In Press). Sex Offenders and Reintegration. Invited chapter in Female Offenders and Reentry: Path- ways and Barriers to Returning to Society. Sage Publications.

    Chien, J., Coker, K.L., Parke, S., Tejani, N., Sirken, R. A., Sanchez -Jaquez, C., Rausch, F., & Azeem, M. W. (2016). Predictors of Competency to Stand Trial in Connecticut’s Inpatient Juvenile Competency Restoration Program. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 44(4), 451-456.

    Coker, K.L., Stefanovics, E., Rosenheck, R. (2016). Correlates of Improvement in Substance Abuse among Dually Diagnosed Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Specialized Intensive VA Treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 8(1), 41-48.

    Brooks, J.S., & Coker, K.L., (2016). Overview of the Juvenile Justice System and Best Practices. In T. Masson (ed.), Inside Forensic Psychology (Ch. 12). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

    Wiedeman, A. M., Black, J. A., Dolle, A. L., Finney, E. J., & Coker, K. L. (2015). Factors Influencing the Impact of Aggressive and Violent Media on Children and Adolescents. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 25, 191-198.

    Russell, A. A., Johnson, C. L., Hammad, A., Ristau, K. I., Zawadzki, S., Alba Villar, L. D., & Coker, K. L. (2015). Prenatal and Neighborhood Correlates of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32(4), 375-381.

    Sylwestrzak, A., Overholt, C. E., Ristau, K. I., & Coker, K. L. (2015). Self-Reported Barriers to Treatment Engagement: Adoles- cent Perspectives from the National Comorbidity Survey- Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Community Mental Health Journal, 51(7), 775-781

    Kassin, S., Lawson, V., Kuchuka, J. & DeCarlo, J. (2016). Police reports of mock suspect interrogations: A test of accuracy and perception. Law & Human Behavior, Online First, 1-15.

    DeCarlo, J., Jenkins, M. (2015). Labor Unions, Management Innovation and Organizational Change in Police Departments. Springer Publishing.

    Kringen, A.L. (2016). Examining the Role of Civil Service Commissions on Municipal Police Diversity. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27(5), 480-497.

    Kringen, A.L., & Kringen, J.A. (2015). Identifying Barriers to Black Applicants in Police Employment Screening. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 9(1), 15-25.

    Cowell, B. & Kringen, A.L. (2016). Engaging Communities One Step at a time. Police Foundation, Washington, DC.

    Cowell, B.M. & Kringen, A.L. (2017). Research in Brief: Leveraging Foot Patrol to Strengthen Community-Police Relations. Police Chief, 14-15.

    Kringen, A.L. & Novich, M. (2017). Is it "just hair" or is it "everything"? Embodiment and gender repression in policing. Gender, Work, and Organization. Online First

    Kringen, A.L. & Kringen, J.A. (2017). Outside the Academy: Learning Community Policing through Community Engagement. Ideas in American Policing.

    Kringen, J.A., Sedelmaier, C. M., & Elink-Schuurman-Laura, K. (2016). Assessing the Relevance of Statistics and Crime Analysis Courses for Working Crime Analysts. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Online First.

    Lambert, D. (2016). Environmental Attributes of Police Vehicle Crashes.Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 16(3).

    Gottschalk, P. & Markovic, V. (2016). Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs): The Case of Combating Criminal Biker Gangs. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 11(1), 30-44.

    Markovic, V. (2016). Terrorism and the Female Suicide Bomber. In S. Sharp, S. Marcus- Mendoza, K. Cameron, E.S. Daniel-Roberson (eds.), Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System. Carolina Academic Press: Durham, NC.

    Markovic, V. (2016). Crime and Punishment in Serbia. In W. Jennings (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Wiley- Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ.

    Myers, D.L. (2017). Deterrence, as Delinquency Policy. In Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, Wiley Black- well: Hoboken, NJ.

    Myers, D.L. (2016). Transferring Juveniles to Adult Court: Ongoing Search for Scientific Support. Criminology & Public Policy, 16(3), 927-938.

    Myers, D.L. (2015). Using Evidence to Benefit Practice: Evidence-Based Criminal Justice. In Criminology and Criminal Justice for the Curious: Why Study Criminal Justice? The Curious Academic Publishing.

    Ndrecka, M., Listwan S., & Latessa E. (2016). What works in reentry and how to improve outcomes. In Stojkovic, S. (Ed.) Prisoner Reentry: Critical Issues and Policy Directions. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing.

    Sedelmaier, C. M. (2015). "Wolves to the door" or "lambs to the slaughter?" Crime opportunity searches on a new public transport system. In: Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An interdisciplinary Approach, V. Ceccato and A. Newton (Eds.), London: Palgrave.

    Sedelmaier, C.M., & Gaboury, M.T. (2015). Administering a Victim Impact Curriculum to Inmates: A Multi-site Replication. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 28(2), 226-238.

    Smith, B.T. (In Press). Shoplifting of fast-moving consumer goods: Applying the CRAVED model. Security Journal.

    Smith, B.T. & Clarke, R.V. (In Press). Can we ever know the objects craved by thieves? The case of shoplifted fast-moving consumer goods. In: V. Ceccato and R. Armitage (eds.), Retail Crime—Evidence and Prevention, Series: Crime Prevention and Security Management. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan.

    Smith, B.T. & Clarke, R.V. (2015). Shoplifting of Everyday Products that Serve Illicit Drug Uses. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52(2) 245-269.

    Spano, R.J. (2016). We are family: Specifying the unique contribution of abuse and neglect of siblings on the prevalence, severity, and chronicity of maltreatment in the household. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Online First, 1-19.

    Muzzica, R., Tamborra, T.L., & Amarelli, G. (2015). Emerging cultural conflicts in Italy: A challenge for criminal law. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 4, 141-153.

    Gottschalk, P., & Tcherni-Buzzeo, M., (2016). Reasons for gaps in crime reporting: The case of white-collar criminals investigated by private fraud examiners in Norway, Deviant Behavior, Online First.

    Tcherni-Buzzeo, M., Davies, A., Lopes, G., & Lizotte, A. (2016). The dark figure of online property crime: Is cyberspace hiding a crime wave? Justice Quarterly, 33(5), 890-911.

    Bystrova, E., & Tcherni-Buzzeo, M., (2015). Juvenile Justice in Russia. In: The Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice. Wiley Publishers.

    Denham, M., Robles-Pina, R., Polnick, B.E., & Webb, D.W. (2016). Expanding the Triad Model of School Policing. Law Enforcement Executive Forum., 37.

    Foster, E., & Yasuhara, K. (2017). An Examination of the Differences between Forensic Examiners and Forensic Therapists. Journal of Forensic Psychology: Research and Practice, 17(2), 117-127.

    Heilbrun, K., Yasuhara, K., Shah, S., & Locklair, B. (2016). Approaches to Violence Risk Assessment. In: Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment (2nd ed.). Routledge Press.

    Reuland, M., & Yasuhara, K., (2015). Law enforcement and emergency services. In The Sequential Intercept Model and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press

  • Grants

    Carbone, W.H. (2015) Community Supervision Strategic Planning

    Carbone, W. H. (2016) Tow Foundation-Youth Justice Institute.

    Carbone, W. H. (2016) Restorative Justice Practices Project.

    Cooper, D. T. (2015) Black Young Adults' Deferential & Defiant. Decision-Making during Traffic Stops.

    Coker, K.L. (2015) Code of the Streets Intervention as part of Cook County Juvenile Probation Detention Reduction Program.

    DeCarlo, J (2015)South Norwalk Against Crime BCJI P1.

    DeCarlo, J (2016) NSF – Racial profiling study NSF LSS.

    Kringen, J. A. (2016) Evaluating the Impact of Quality Assurance in Community Corrections, Community Solutions, Inc.

    Ndrecka M. (2015) BJA Second Chance Act Statewide.

    Ndrecka M. (2015) New Haven Fresh Start Reentry Initiative.

    Schroeder D. (2014) Impact of Forensic Evidence on Arrest.

    Sedelmaier C. M. (2016) Enhancing Community Policing- COPS (Mediation).

    Tcherni-Buzzeo M. (2015). DOJ NIJ Data Resources Program.

  • Faculty Spotlights

    Danielle Tolson Cooper is the Interim Director of Research for the Tow Youth Justice Institute. Her duties include service to the Juvenile Justice and Policy Oversight Committee that mandates research on juvenile justice reform in the state of Connecticut. She oversees TYJI research projects while working with faculty, staff, students, and consultants. Current projects include: "An Overview of Selected Policies and Practices Regarding Congregate Care for Juvenile Offenders in Connecticut" and "The Pre- and Post Assessment of Community-Based Programs and Recidivism Outcomes".

    Vesna Markovic is editor of the "Criminology Around the World" section in the ASC publication The Criminologist and sits on the editorial board for the Internal Security journal published by the Polish National Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland. She is also the Vice Chair of the International Section for ACJS and co- advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma National Honors Society, University of New Haven Chapter, Alpha Tau.

    David Myers is incoming editor of ACJS Today, editor of Routledge Studies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, editor and columnist for EBP Quarterly, and a member of the editorial boards of Criminal Justice Policy Review and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. He serves as chair of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Public Policy Committee, board member of the Crime & Justice Research Alliance, and is a certified reviewer for and the OJJDP Model Programs Guide.

    Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo has been awarded, through a competitive selection process, a University Research Scholar (URS) designation by the University of New Haven. The URS designation lasts for three academic years, starting in 2016-2017, and comes with additional support for promoting ongoing research productivity, including both partial teaching workload release and ancillary research expenses.

  • Recent Conference Presentations

    Cooper, D. T. (2016). Young Adults’ Defiance towards the Police: An Integrated Social Learning Approach. 4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    Cooper, D. T., and Klein, J .L. (2016). Visiting Porn Sites Online: Contrasting the Predictive Value of Studying Personal Characteristics, In-person Activities, and the Social Learning Approach. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Klein, J.L., Cooper, D. T., and Pettiford, A.G. (2016). In the Face of Perceived Sexual Victimization: Why Some People Comply with Stop and Frisk Searches. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Cooper, D. T., and Klein, J .L. (2016). Social Learning Processes Predicting Young Adults' Defiant Responses to Parents, Teachers, Supervisors, and the Police. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Cooper, D. T., & Giarrusso S.J. (2017). Discussing the Status of Juvenile Justice Education through Course Offerings and Concentrations. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

    Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T., & Pittman, M. (2016). Police officers’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Dutton, L. B., Tamborra, T., & Pittman, M. (2016). Police officers’ and victim advocates’ experiences with and perceptions of the Lethality Assessment Program. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

    DeCarlo J. and Markovic V. (2017). Performance Enhancement in Policing. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

    Novich, M. & Kringen, A.L. (2016). They Can’t Search Her: How Gender Imbalance on the Police Force Contributes to Perceptions of Procedural Unfairness. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Ndrecka, M. & Kringen, A.L. (2016). Justice Reinvestment: A Review of the Existing Literature. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Hayton, A., Elink-Schuuman-Laura, K., & Kringen, J.A. (2016). Residents’ Perceptions About a Community’s Inability to Reduce Crime and Disorder. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    David, M., Kringen, J.A. & Sellers, C. (2016). A Behavioral- Opportunity Model for School Safety Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    Kringen, J.A. (2016). Using Agent-Based Simulation to Understand the Efficacy of School Safety Practices in in Active Shooter Events. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

    Lambert, D.E. (2016). Police-Researcher Partnerships: Discussion on Creating and Sustaining Research Partnerships with the Policing Community. Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference.

    Lambert, D. (2017). Examining the Relationship Between Police Organizational Characteristics and Innovation. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

    Markovic, V. (2016). Financing Terrorism. Making Waves Against Financial Fraud Conference, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

    Markovic, V. (2016). Suicide Bombings: An Overview of Tactics and Trends. Hybrid Targeted Violence Seminar sponsored by UConn P.D., Yale P.D., and the FBI. Yale West Campus.

    Markovic, V. (2016). The Special Case of the Female Suicide Bomber. NATO Center of Excellence – Defense Against Terrorism, Defense Against Suicide Bombing Course, Ankara, Turkey.

    Markovic, V. (2016). Boko Haram: A Case Study. NATO Center of Excellence – Defense Against Terrorism, Defense Against Suicide Bombing Course, Ankara, Turkey.

    Myers, D. L. (2016). Evidence-Based School Safety: Establishing Effective Research Partnerships. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    Myers, D. L. (2016). Becoming an Evidence-Based Organization (EBO): Core Skills and Planning for Implementation. Joyfields Institute Workshops and Conference, Atlanta, GA.

    Myers, D. L., Dennis G. & Lee D. (2017). Evidence-Based Corrections and Reentry in a Rural Pennsylvania County. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

    Schroeder D. A., & Emigh M.(2017). The Role of Forensic Evidence in the Absence of Eyewitness Reports. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.

    Sedelmaier, C. M. (2016). Challenges and Solutions for Researching Community Perspectives. Summer 2016 Smart Policing Initiative Collaboration Workshop, Lowell, MA.

    Tcherni-Buzzeo, M., Spano, R., & O’Brien, D. (2016). The role of poverty in explaining crime. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

    O’Brien, D., Tcherni-Buzzeo, M., & Spano, R. (2016). Operationalizing delinquency: An analysis of the most common methodologies used for criminological theory testing. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.