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Juwan Bennett

Juwan Z. Bennett

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Ward

Juwan Z. Bennett is a fourth year PhD student. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, he was a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar and worked as an Athletic Mentor/Tutor in the Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. Juwan has worked with Dr. Nicole Van Cleve, conducting ethnographic observations and with Education Professor Dr. James Earl Davis examining how alternative education programs can be successful at preventing delinquency. As a result of his research endeavors he was invited by Elijah Anderson to attend his Urban Ethnography Workshop at Yale University. Juwan’s research interests include youth crime & juvenile justice, social support networks, and the relationships between education and crime/delinquency. Juwan is also the recipient of multiple prestigious awards including the Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention List, The Temple University Diamond Award, and the Temple University Faculty Award. A fun fact about Juwan is that he is an accomplished musician, performing live for President Obama.

Contact Juwan at: juwan.bennett@temple.edu

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Chelsey​ ​Cain

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wayne Welsh

Chelsey is a first-year PhD student originally from the Philadelphia area. She received her BA in Psychology from Temple University in 2015. Previously, Chelsey interned in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She primarily worked with the Executive Director of Frontline Dads, collaborating on projects ranging from gun deterrence and youth violence prevention to the reintegration of returning citizens. Currently, Chelsey is an active member of a coalition addressing the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia. Her research interests are centered around drug policy reform as well as the rehabilitation and reduction of recidivism among returning citizens.

Contact Chelsey at: Chelsey.cain@temple.edu

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Kris Castner

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caterina Roman

Kris is applying her background in Anthropology and qualitative methods to her current doctoral studies of Criminal Justice. Kris earned a BA in Anthropology from Temple in 2008 and her first MA in General Anthropology from The George Washington University in 2012. She earned her second MA in Criminal Justice in May 2016 en route to her doctorate. While attending school in Washington, DC, Kris conducted ethnographic research for her thesis that centered around the impact of technology on police practices. Her current research interests revolve around gang violence with a special interest in how this can be spread and documented through social media platforms such as Twitter. She enjoys incorporating resources such as Dedoose, Atlas.ti and ArcGIS into her research projects. Kris is currently advised by Dr. Caterina Roman with whom she has worked on a qualitative gang desistance project since Fall 2015. When she isn’t in Philly, Kris enjoys spending time in Lancaster City with her husband Jake and their two shih tzus, Jay and Elwood.

Contact Kris at: kris.castner@temple.edu

Jung Cho

Jung Cho

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ralph Taylor

Jung Cho is a fourth year Ph.D. student with a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the doctoral program, he served as a federal criminal investigator and a police officer. Additionally, Jung worked as a research associate at the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies. His interests are in the social ecology of crime, policing, narcotics enforcement, and gun violence.

Contact Jung at: jung.cho@temple.edu

Tara​ ​Coleman

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Tara is a first-year Masters student originally from New Jersey, but currently resides in Delaware. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, Tara gained useful experience completing a range of tasks as an intern for the Middlesex County Public Defender’s office and Eatontown Police Department. In addition, Tara worked alongside her professor, Doctor Lockwood, to compile data regarding campus avoidance behaviors of undergraduate students. This researched sought to determine whether student’s perceptions of safety, on a college campus, are related to the willingness of students to take courses that end in the evening. The intended outcome of the study was for colleges and universities to gain useful knowledge in terms of identifying potential effects of student perceptions of safety and also for the purposes of increasing the efficient use of university resources. Tara presented the results of her research at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in February of 2017 and at Monmouth University. Her current research interest is victimization and the impact it can have on an individual and on society as a whole.

Contact Jung at: tuh10180@temple.edu

Joseph A. DaGrossa

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Joe is a student in the PhD program. He possesses a Master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Joseph’s University as well as a Master’s degree in clinical/counseling psychology from LaSalle University. Since 2002, Joe has been employed as a U.S. probation officer for the federal judicial district of New Jersey. He also works as a part-time lecturer for Rutgers University and assorted community colleges throughout New Jersey, where he has taught courses in criminological theory, research methods, ethics and white-collar crime. Joe’s research interests focus on identifying effective practices in community-based corrections.

Contact Joe at: jdagrossa@temple.edu

Chelsey Donohoe

Chelsey Donohoe

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ralph Taylor

Chelsey Donohoe is a fifth year PhD student. She earned her BA in Psychology and Spanish Studies from Texas Lutheran University and her MA in Criminal Justice from Temple University. During her undergraduate studies, Chelsey was lead investigator on several projects that were presented at conferences for the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA). She has presented her research at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting. Her interests include substance abuse treatment, community corrections, and implementation science. Current research projects include analyzing whether Prohibition-era liquor raids were concentrated in certain parts of Philadelphia, and she is part of Temple’s evaluation team for the Smart Supervision project with Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole (APPD) and researchers from George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Correctional Excellence (GMU ACE).

Contact Chelsey at: donohoec@temple.edu

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Mollie​ ​Ducoste

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ajima Olaghere

Mollie is a first-year PhD student from Raleigh, North Carolina. She obtained her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Hampton University in May of 2017. While at Hampton, Mollie worked as a research assistant and studied the effects of long-term incarceration on the children of inmates. She presented her thesis on prison privatization and state policies. Her current research interests include reentry and program evaluation.

Contact Chelsey at: mollie.ducoste@temple.edu

Jill Eidson

Jillian Eidson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ralph Taylor

Jill is originally from Hilton Head, SC. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Davidson College and a M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in Criminology. A former probation officer, Jill is also the current Director of Research at the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department. Her dissertation is a multi-method, strong inference test of different theoretical explanations of robbery.

Contact Jill at: jillian.eidson@temple.edu

John Farrell

John Farrell

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Wood

John is a part time PhD student originally from Staten Island, NY. He holds an MPA and BA from Villanova University, an MA in Security Studies (Homeland Defense & Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). John is currently the Product Management Director at Information Logistics, Inc., a small technology firm in New Jersey. Previously, John was a Deputy Managing Director with the City of Philadelphia, where he helped develop and oversee the PhillyRising Collaborative. PhillyRising is a neighborhood revitalization strategy that targets areas of Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to improve self-efficacy and ultimately build stronger communities. Before joining the City of Philadelphia, John spent several years working for the township manager in Tredyffrin Township (Chester County, PA). John is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Staff Sergeant), and served one tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Contact John at: john.l.farrell1@gmail.com

Ryan Fisher

Ryan Fisher

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe

Ryan is a fourth-year PhD student and native Bostonian. His main research interests include environmental criminology, spatial crime analysis, and policing. When he’s not staring at a computer screen, you can usually find him eating his way around the best restaurants in Philadelphia.

Contact Ryan at: ryan.fisher@temple.edu

Nili Gesser

Nili Gesser

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Wood

Nili Gesser is an advanced doctoral student. She is an Israeli national who comes with an extensive background in law, with an LL.B. from Hebrew University and an LL.M. Summa Cum Laude from Bar-Ilan University. Prior to joining the PhD program at Temple, Nili worked for the Israeli Ministry of Justice for more than a decade. She was initially a prosecutor at the International Department of the State Attorney’s Office; later she founded and headed the Victim Assistance Unit at the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office. Nili’s research interests include prostitution, victimology, therapeutic jurisprudence, agent-based modeling, and evidence-based policy and practice. Her dissertation focuses on barriers and facilitators to exiting street prostitution. Nili is the recipient of the Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship Award of the Division on Victimology of the American Society of Criminology.

Contact Nili at: nili.gesser@temple.edu

Leah Hamilton

Leah Hamilton

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven Belenko

Leah is an advanced doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice. She holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University, Canada and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. Leah is currently conducting her dissertation research focussing on Health Related Quality of Life among community-based offenders and substance abuse treatment engagement. Prior to beginning her PhD, Leah worked in academic research at the University of Cambridge on evidence based programming for youth, substance abusers, and domestic violence perpetrators, and with the RAND Corporation on UK drug policy. She is currently working with Dr. Steven Belenko on the JJTRIALS project, a National Institute on Drug Abuse multi-site study of improving treatment provision for youth on community corrections. Her most recent published work appears in Justice Quarterly.

Contact Leah at: leah.hamilton@temple.edu

Courtney Harding

Courtney Harding

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wayne Welsh

Courtney is an advanced PhD student originally from Moorestown, NJ with a BA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Prior to beginning graduate work at Temple University, Courtney worked as a prison- and community-based substance abuse and mental health counselor, as well as a research assistant on projects for Pathways to Housing and John Jay University. Her research interests include program evaluation, prisoner reentry, and health services utilization by criminal justice populations. Courtney is particularly interested in the relationship between homelessness, mental illness, chronic illness and criminal justice system involvement, and the policy and service implications of this intersection. She works closely with Dr. Caterina Roman.

Contact Courtney at: courtney.harding@temple.edu

Robert Heinzeroth

Robert Heinzeroth

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe

Robert is a part-time Ph.D. student. A Philadelphia native, he holds a B.S. in Business from Penn State University (2001), an M.S. in Public Safety from Saint Joseph’s University (2006), and recently completed an M.A. in Criminal Justice at Temple University (2014). He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (2010). A captain and sixteen-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, he has worked in a variety of patrol and investigative units throughout the city, has been the recipient of numerous departmental commendations and citations, and has also received a number of community-based awards for his service. His areas of interest include policing, environmental criminology, and quantitative methods.

Contact Robert at: robert.heinzeroth@temple.edu

Abigail Henson

Abigail Henson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Wood

Abigail is a fifth year doctoral student. She is originally from New York City and received a B.A. in Sociology from Goucher College. Throughout college she interned at several criminal justice agencies including The Correctional Association of New York, the Bronx Defenders, and the Vera Institute for Justice. She has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Traylor conducting interviews with mothers returning to the community in order to track decision making patterns, as well as for Dr. Fader conducting interviews and fieldwork for an ethnography of the Frankford community in Philadelphia. Abigail has been a teaching assistant for several different criminal justice courses as well as the primary instructor for Victims in Society, and Race and Crime.

Abigail’s interests focus on prevention, racial literacy, parental incarceration, and the interconnection between the family, education, and criminal justice systems. Last year Abigail completed an evaluability assessment of a prison-based fatherhood program; more information on this project can be found in her recent publication in The International Journal of Of ender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. She is currently working on her dissertation using a strengths-based perspective focusing on how Black men in Southwest Philadelphia internalize stories and symbols of fatherhood, how those stories and symbols get enacted in a criminalized and impoverished community, and how fathers overcome the barriers they may come across.

Contact Abigail at: abigailhenson@temple.edu

Bria Higgs

Bria Higgs

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jamie Fader

Bria is a PhD student, originally from Westchester, New York. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from La Salle University in 2015 and her M.A. in Criminal Justice at Temple in spring 2017. Bria has interned at the Westchester County Department of Corrections and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in Center City, Philadelphia. She has also conducted research on the relationship between mental illness and recidivism amongst adult male offenders using the SVORI data set. These experiences, in tandem with various personal experiences, inspired her research interests in the intersection of race, gender, and crime.

Contact Bria at: bria.higgs1993@temple.edu

Ingrid Johnson

Ingrid​ ​Johnson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven Belenko

Ingrid is an advanced doctoral student. She received her BA in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010 and moved to Philadelphia to join Temple’s Criminal Justice graduate program in 2011. She is currently writing her dissertation on the relationship between disclosure of intimate partner violence to informal network members and survivors’ experiences with violence. She also works as a Research Assistant for the NIDA funded JJ-TRIALS project (Juvenile Justice Translational Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System). Her research interests include help-seeking among intimate partner violence and sexual assault survivors; criminal justice systems’ and informal network members’ responses to intimate partner violence and sexual assault; crime victim decision-making; batterer intervention programs; the intersection of substance abuse and intimate partner violence; rural-urban differences; substance abuse treatment; drug policy; quantitative methods; qualitative methods; and program evaluation.

Contact Ingrid at: ingrid.johnson@temple.edu

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Nicole​ ​Johnson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caterina Roman

Nicole Johnson is a first-year PhD student, originally from North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in criminology with a minor in Chinese studies from NC State University, and a Master’s degree in criminology, law and society from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Her Master’s thesis explored the effects of certain situational crime prevention practices on student-level outcomes. While living in the DC area, she also served as an advanced research intern at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Before coming to Temple, Nicole was a research analyst at RTI International in the Policing Research Program. Nicole’s research interests include policing and environmental criminology, particularly in cities.

Contact Nicole at: nicole.johnson0001@temple.edu

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Evangelica​ ​Juarez

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Eva is a second year doctoral student from Los Angeles, CA. She received a B.S. in Criminology from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles in 2015, with minors in GIS and Math. While at MSMU, she conducted research on prison placement in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama (states with the highest rate of incarceration). Her research interests include criminal justice processing (death penalty), collateral consequences of mass incarceration and prison proliferation, stratification, and mixed-methods. She is currently a research assistant on Dr. Wood’s project “Development and feasibility testing of a police diversion tool for cross-system utilizers of health care and justice services in Camden, NJ”.

Contact Evangelica at: evangelica.juarez@temple.edu

Hannah Klein

Hannah Klein

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caterina Roman

Hannah is a fourth-year PhD student. She received her BA in Math & Economics from Lafayette College and a Masters in Public Administration from Villanova University. Before starting her PhD studies, Hannah worked for the City of Philadelphia in the Mayor’s Office of Grants and the Department of Human Services where she worked on policy and research focused on older youth, youth violence prevention, and trauma informed care. Her current research interests are trauma-informed violence prevention and community safety, focusing on adolescents and young adults. Hannah works with Dr. Caterina Roman, who serves as her advisor, on multiple projects ranging from Philadelphia CeaseFire to research focused on victim services.

Contact Hannah at: Hannah.Klein@temple.edu

Josh Koehnlein

Josh Koehnlein

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe

Josh is a third-year PhD student from Philadelphia. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2015. Previously, Josh has interned with Amtrak’s Police Department where he worked in crime analysis and assisted in implementing the first nation-wide COMPSTAT model. He has also worked on a data-driven resource allocation project with SEPTA’s Police Department. During his undergrad, Josh has worked with Dr. Aunshul Rege on a number of research projects spanning from fentanyl-laced heroin in Philadelphia to illegal sand mining in India. His research interests lie within criminal intelligence, the geography of illegal drug markets, and policing strategies. Josh is currently a teaching assistant for Introduction to Law Enforcement and Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Global Security under Joe Alkus.

Contact Josh at: Josh.koehnlein@temple.edu

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Megan McConaghy

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Ward

Meg is a fourth-year PhD student. She received her BA in Psychology in 2011 from Temple University. In 2014, she received her MA in Criminal Justice from Stockton University. For three years, Meg was a research assistant for Dr. Laurence Steinberg’s Crossroads Study in Temple’s Psychology Department. She also spent two years working in Atlantic City and Pleasantville, NJ on a state-wide anti-violence project that focused on collaboration between law enforcement, the courts, government agencies, education, non-profit groups, and grassroots organizations to incite change. Meg’s research interests include juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice policy, developmental life course theories, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Contact Megan at: meg.forney@temple.edu

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Alyssa​ ​Mendlein

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rely Vîlcică

Alyssa is in her first year of the doctoral program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and a Master of Philosophy in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, with a Master’s thesis on police legitimacy and social inequality in Europe. Most recently, Alyssa worked as a Research Analyst at EMC Research, a public opinion research firm. During her time at EMC, Alyssa worked on dozens of projects for various clients across the public and private sectors, and was involved in survey design, web survey programming, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, presentation creation, and quality assurance. Currently, Alyssa’s interests revolve around policing and comparative research.

Contact Alyssa at: alyssa.mendlein@temple.edu

Veronica​ ​Nelson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Van Cleve

Veronica “Ronni” Nelson is a first year PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted a content and discourse analysis of Blue Lives Matter Facebook posts for her thesis and presented this research at the New Directions in Critical Criminology conference. She has held internships with the Sumner County Jail, Blount County Youth Court, and Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a My Brother’s Keeper literacy initiative targeting the reading proficiency of third grade boys of color in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her research interests include carceral studies, critical race theory, and criminal justice reform.

Contact Ronni at: veronica.nelson@temple.edu

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Ed​ ​Parker

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Van Cleve

Ed Parker is a first year PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice. He is a Philadelphia native, and has been serving as an all source analyst for the Army National Guard for 5 years. Ed received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. During that time, he received a CARAS undergraduate research award that supported his research work titled “Moving Towards Proactive Cyber Security.” He also worked as undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Rege on her NSF CPS grant. He is interested in national security and critical infrastructure protection (both physical and digital). He will be working with Dr. Rege on her NSF CAREER project.

Contact Ed at: ed.parker@temple.edu

Amber Perenzin

Amber Perenzin

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe

Amber Perenzin holds a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Crime Analysis from the University of Central Florida. Throughout her studies, she has worked as an intern at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, the Orlando Police Department Crime Analysis Unit, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. She has taught the Criminal Justice Research and Analysis course (CJ 2602) and is an instructor in the crime analysis training program in the Center for Security and Crime Science. Amber’s broad research interests center on the spatial dynamics of crime and understanding why crime happens where it does. She was previously involved in a collaborative project with Azavea Inc. and assisted with the development of a crime prediction tool that combines long-term and short-term indicators of crime. Currently, she is investigating variations in the spatial quantification of gangs by practitioners and academics.

Contact Amber at: Amber.Perenzin@temple.edu

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Michele​ ​Pich

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wayne Welsh

Michele is an advanced doctoral student. She works at Rowan University as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Justice studies (teaching ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Drugs and Crime in America’), and Assistant Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is also an Instructor and Grief Counselor at the University of Pennsylvania, and the President and Founder of Sundog Research and Support, LLC. Michele earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a forensic concentration at Drexel University, and her M.A. in Criminal Justice at Temple University. She has 17 years of experience working in the justice system including as a mental health counselor, research assistant, and research counselor. She is sole author of a textbook chapter, co-author of multiple academic journal articles, and Co-Principal Investigator on a research grant looking at misconduct in incarcerated mentally ill offenders. Michele’s research interests include mental health, HIV, and substance abuse issues in the criminal justice system; capital punishment; animal-assisted corrections; and the intersectionality of crime and social factors.

Contact Michele at: michele.pich@temple.edu

Joseph Pitts

Joseph Pitts

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kate Auerhahn

Joseph is a fifth year doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice. Joseph completed a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. He is currently a Research Assistant working with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Maryland on the effect of Functional Family Therapy on juvenile gang desistance. His research interests include drug policy and police and community relations, and he is currently working on a project with Dr. Kathleen Auerhahn on the impact of marijuana decriminalization policies on police-related outcomes including arrest demographics.

Contact Nola at: joepitts@temple.edu

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Casey​ ​Rice

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Caterina Roman

Casey is in her final year of the 4+1 Accelerated Masters program. She is originally from Northeast Philadelphia and obtained her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Temple University in Spring 2017. Casey has been interning at the Defender Association of Philadelphia since January 2017, where she leads a team of interns in the Adult Social Services unit and works closely with Drug and Alcohol clients, assisting in their transition from incarceration to treatment in the community. Her current research interests include juvenile justice, gangs and gang violence, re-entry, and substance abuse.

Contact Nola at: casey.rice@temple.edu

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Danielle Stanford

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Groff

Danielle “Dee” Stanford is a second-year PhD student originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate Criminal Justice degree at Temple in 2013. Before returning to Temple, Dee interned with the Research and Planning Unit at Philadelphia Police Department and went on to work as a crime analyst for Egg Harbor Township Police Department in New Jersey. Dee is also a member of the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) Analytical Subject Matter Expert team which is sponsored in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Her research interests fall within the scope of environmental criminology, primarily the perception and fear of crime in micro places, as well as spatiotemporal crime analysis and crime prevention.

Contact Danielle at: dts5065@temple.edu

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Dijonée A. Talley

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jamie Fader

Dijonée is a second-year doctoral student from New Haven, Connecticut. She received her BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MS in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven. Prior to coming to Temple, she was a graduate assistant at the Tow Youth Justice Institute, aiding in policy research for the Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) of the Connecticut General Assembly. Dijonée also did consulting work for Youth Stat, a youth intervention program for disengaged adolescents, where she helped further develop their program model and data infrastructure. Her current research interests include juvenile justice and prevention, the relationship between inequality and crime/delinquency, and rethinking re-entry.

Contact Dijonée at: dijonee.talley@temple.edu

Katorah​ ​Williams

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Wood

Katorah Williams is a first year PhD student. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she received her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from Temple University and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from West Chester University. Prior to coming to Temple, Katorah completed two years in Immaculata University’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program, during which she provided counseling for trauma victims. In 2016, she and a group of colleagues gave a presentation on sex trafficking at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Convention. Her research interests include the relationship between trauma and personality in crime/delinquency, victimology, the development of “street smarts,” the intersection between race and crime, sex crimes, and criminological theory.

Contact Katorah at: katorah.williams@temple.edu

Kelly Waltman-Spreha

Kelly Waltman-Spreha

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steven Belenko

Kelly is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice. She is the Director for the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research at Shippensburg University. She has nearly 20 years of experience working within the justice system; first as a crime victim advocate in Dauphin County, and then as a probation officer with Dauphin County Juvenile Probation. While working for the probation department Kelly earned her M.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University. She also has experience working as a program director for a behavioral health services provider. Kelly has been a full-time instructor at Messiah College, and an adjunct instructor for Temple University and Harrisburg Area Community College. Kelly’s research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency issues and restorative justice.

Contact Kelly at: kwaltman@temple.edu

Shane Winslow

Shane-Richard Winslow

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Groff

Shane is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice. He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his Bachelor’s degrees in History, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. He completed his Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. During his career, he has worked as a contractor for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Risk and Decision Analysis laboratory. Shane’s research interests include micro-geographies on crime, environmental criminology, divisions of race and space, criminal intelligence, and policing as well as their respective impacts on government policy. Shane has worked both as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, and is currently a Teaching Assistant for Professor Tara Tripp.

Contact Shane at: tug79992@temple.edu