Associate ProfessorCaterina Roman
551 Gladfelter Hall


Violence, Gangs, Active living and crime, Neighborhoods, Social network analysis, Program evaluation


Caterina Roman joined the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Fall 2008 after nearly two decades with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Her research interests include the relationship between neighborhood characteristics, fear, violence, and health; the social networks of high risk and gang youth, and evaluation of innovative violence reduction programs. Dr. Roman is particularly interested in how the physical and social environment intersects with personal characteristics to influence how people use public spaces, and in turn, how physical activity is associated with individual and community health. Her research often utilizes survey data combined with hard-to-access cross-systems data in an attempt to provide a broad and unique examination of the health of communities. Her research has been published in both public health and criminology journals. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology and justice, law, and society from the American University.

Selected Publications

  • Roman, Caterina G., Hannah Klein, Kevin T. Wolff, Marla Davis Bellamy and Kathleen Reeves. 2017. Philadelphia Cease Fire: Findings from the Impact Evaluation. Summary Research Brief Submitted to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Jordan Hyatt, Megan McConaghy, and Nathan L. Link. 2017. Philadelphia Focused Deterrence: Findings from the Impact Evaluation. Key Findings Research Brief Submitted to the National Institute of Justice. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Hannah Klein and Kevin Wolff. Forthcoming 2017. “Quasi-Experimental Designs for Community-Level Public Health Violence Reduction Interventions: A Case Study in the Challenges of Selecting The Counterfactual.” Journal of Experimental Criminology. DOI : 10.1007/s11292-017-9308-0
  • Roman, Caterina G., Scott Decker and David Pyrooz. 2017. “Leveraging the Pushes and Pulls of Gang Disengagement to Improve Gang Intervention: Findings from Three Multi-Site Studies and a Review of Relevant Gang Programs.” Journal of Crime and Justice, Special Issue on Gangs in a Developmental Perspective, 40(3): 316-336 (July).  ePub (July 12, 2017)
  • Harding, Courtney, and Caterina G. Roman. 2016. “Identifying Discrete Subgroups of Chronically Homeless Frequent Utilizers of Jail and Public Mental Health Services.” Criminal Justice and Behavior. ePub December, 2016: Online First: DOI: 10.1177/0093854816680838
  • Roman, Caterina G., Meagan Cahill and Jillian L. Eidson. 2016. Street Gang Definitions across Two US Cities: Eurogang Criteria, Group Identity Characteristics, and Peer Group Involvement. In Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. Pp. 15-32. (CL Maxson & F-A Esbensen, eds). Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-29602-9_2.
  • Eidson, Jillian, Caterina G. Roman and Meagan Cahill. 2016. “Successes and Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Gang Members in Longitudinal Research: Lessons Learned from a Multi-Site Social Network Study.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. ePub July, 2016: Online first: DOI: 10.1177/1541204016657395
  • Esteban-Cornejo, Irene, Jordan A. Carlson, Terry L. Conway, Kelli Cain, Brian E. Saelens, Lawrence D. Frank, Karen Glanz, Caterina G. Roman and James F. Sallis. 2016. “Parental and adolescent perceptions of neighborhood safety related to adolescents’ physical activity in their neighborhood.” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Jun;87(2):191-9.
  • Link, Nathan, and Caterina G. Roman. 2016. “Longitudinal Associations among Child Support Debt, Employment, and Recidivism after Prison.” Sociological Quarterly.
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  • Roman, Caterina G. and Nathan Link. 2016. “Community Reintegration among Prisoners with Child Support Obligations: An Examination of Debt, Needs, and Service Receipt.” Criminal Justice Policy Review. ePub October 2015: doi: 10.1177/0887403415611460
  • Butts, Jeffrey, Caterina G. Roman, Lindsay Bostwick and Jeremy R. Porter. “Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Violence.” Annual Review of Public Health, Vol 36. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122509.
  • Blasko, Brandy L., Caterina G. Roman and Ralph B. Taylor. 2015. “Local Gangs and Residents’ Perceptions of Unsupervised Teen Groups: Implications for the Incivilities Thesis and Neighborhood Effects.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 43: 20-28.
  • Pollack, Keshia, Lauren Rossen, Caterina G. Roman, Melicia Whitt-Glover, and Laura Leviton. 2014. “The Role of Public Safety for Obesity Interventions within African American Communities.” Pp 162-176 in Obesity Interventions in Underserved U.S. Populations: Evidence and Directions. (V Brennan, S Kumanyika, R Zambrana, eds.) Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Bhati, Avinash, and Caterina G. Roman. 2014. Evaluating and Quantifying the Specific Deterrent Effects of DNA Databases. Evaluation Review, 38(June):68-93.
  • Roman, Caterina G., and Caitlin J. Taylor. 2013. “A Multilevel Assessment of School Climate, Bullying Victimization and Physical Activity.” Journal of School Health, 83 (June), 6:400-407.
  • Shinew, Kimberly J., Monika Stodolska, Caterina G. Roman and Jennifer Yahner. 2013. Crime, Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation among Latino Adolescents in Chicago. Preventive Medicine, 57 (5): 541-544 (Nov). PMID: 23859931.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Monika Stodolska, Jennifer Yahner, and Kimberly J. Shinew. 2013. “Pathways to Outdoor Recreation, Physical Activity and Delinquency among Urban Latino Adolescents.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 45 Suppl 1:(Feb) S151-61.
  • Stodolska, Monika, Kimberly J. Shinew, Juan Carlos Acevedo and Caterina G. Roman. 2013. “I Was Born in the Hood: Fear of Crime, Outdoor Recreation and Physical Activity among Mexican American Urban Adolescents.” Leisure Sciences, 35:1-15 (Jan).
  • Lachman, P., Caterina G. Roman and Meagan Cahill. 2012. “Assessing Youth Motivations for Joining a Peer Group as Risk Factors for Delinquent and Gang Behavior.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, (July) 11: 220-229.
  • Curriero, Frank C., Nathan James, Timothy Shields, Caterina G. Roman, Debra Furr-Holden, Michelle Cooley-Strickland, and Keshia Pollack. 2013. “Exploring Walking Path Quality as a Factor for Urban Elementary School Children’s Active Transport to School.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health. (Mar) 10(3):323-34. PMID:22820016.
  • Roman, Caterina G. and Shannon Reid. 2012 (October). “Assessing the Relationship between Alcohol Outlets and Domestic Violence: Routine Activities and the Neighborhood Environment.” Violence and Victims, 27(5): 811-828.
  • Roman, Caterina G. and Jocelyn Fontaine. 2012. “Collaborative Solutions for Reentry Housing.” In R. Immarigeon and L. Fehr (Eds.) Pathways for Prisoner Reentry: An ACA Reader. American Correctional Association Press.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Jocelyn Fontaine, John Fallon, Jacquelyn Anderson and Corinne Rearer. 2012 (September). “Defending and Managing the Pipeline: Lessons for Running a Randomized Experiment in a Correctional Institution.” Journal of Experimental Criminology, 8(3):307-329.
  • Roman, John, Jeffrey Butts and Caterina G. Roman. 2011. “Evaluating Systems Change in a Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative.” Children and Youth Services Review, 33: S41-S53.
  • Butts, Jeffrey A. and Caterina G. Roman. 2010. “A Community Youth Development Approach to Gang Control Programs.” Pp. 175-205 in: Youth Gangs and Community Intervention: Research, Practice, and Evidence, edited by Robert Chaskin. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Roman, Caterina, G., Carly Knight, Aaron Chalfin, and Susan Popkin. 2009. “The Relation of the Perceived Environment to Fear, Physical Activity, and Health in Public Housing Developments: Evidence from Chicago.” Journal of Public Health Policy, 30(1):S286-S308.
  • Roman, Caterina G. and Aaron Chalfin. 2008. “Fear of Walking Outdoors: A Multilevel Ecologic Analysis of Crime and Disorder.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34(4):306-312.
  • Metraux, Stephen, Caterina G. Roman and Richard Cho. 2008. “Incarceration and Homelessness,” in Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research, edited by Deborah Dennis, Gretchen Locke & Jill Khadduri. Washington DC: US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Cahill, Meagan and Caterina G. Roman. 2007. “GIS and Mapping at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center.” Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 34(2):159-160.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Ashley Wolff, Vanessa Correa and Janeen Buck. 2007. “Assessing Intermediate Outcomes of a Faith-based Residential Prisoner Reentry Program.” Research on Social Work Practice, 17: 199-215.
  • Roman, Caterina G. and Jeremy Travis. 2006. “Where Will I Sleep Tomorrow: Housing, Homelessness and the Returning Prisoner. Housing Policy Debate, 17(2): 389-418.
  • Mears, Dan, Caterina G. Roman, Janeen Buck and Ashley Wolff. 2006. “Faith-Based Efforts To Improve Prisoner Reentry: Assessing The Logic And Evidence.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 34(4): 351-367.
  • Roman, Caterina G., Heather Ahn-Redding, and Rita J. Simon. 2005. Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Illicit Drug Policies, Trafficking, and Use the World Over. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. OCLC: 608834934.
  • Roman, Caterina G. 2004. Schools, Neighborhoods and Violence: Crime within the Daily Routines of Youth. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. OCLC: 55658301.
  • Roman, Caterina G. 2005. “The Routine Activities of Youth and Neighborhood Violence: Spatial Modeling of Place, Time and Crime.” Pp. 393-310 in Geographic Information Systems and Crime Analysis, edited by Fahui Wang. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.
  • Roman, Caterina G. 2004. “A Roof is Not Enough: Successful Prisoner Reintegration Requires Experimentation and Collaboration.” Criminology and Public Policy, 3(2): 161-168.

Courses Taught

  • Nature of Crime
  • Youth and Crime
  • Honors Youth and Crime
  • Communities and Crime (graduate level) (CJ 8233)
  • Special Topics on Youth Crime: Gangs (graduate level) (CJ8310)