Faculty / Wayne Welsh

Dr. Welsh's areas of expertise include substance abuse treatment in criminal justice settings, corrections, violence, and organizational theory. Recent research has focused on implementation of evidence-based practices in criminal justice systems and prison-based drug treatment. He is author of Counties in Court: Jail Overcrowding and Court-Ordered Reform (Temple University Press, 1995); Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, with Philip Harris (Elsevier/Anderson, 2012, 4th Edition), and Criminal Violence, with Marc Riedel (Oxford University Press, 2011, 3rd Edition). Dr. Welsh is currently Co-PI on the NIDA-funded Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Systems (CJDATS) project, where he is lead researcher for Temple’s research center on two studies: Medication Assisted Treatment in Community Correctional Environments (MATICCE), and Improving Best Practices in Assessment and Case Planning: Organizational Process Improvement Intervention (OPII).

Selected Publications


Welsh, W.N. & Harris, P.W. (2012). Criminal Justice Policy and Planning (4th ed). Cincinnati: Elsevier/Anderson.


Salvatore, C., Taniguchi, T., & Welsh, W.N. (2012). Is emerging adulthood influencing Moffitt’s developmental taxonomy? Adding the “prolonged” adolescent offender. Western Criminology Review, 13, 1-15.


Belenko, S., Houser, K., & Welsh, W.N. (2012). Measuring the impact of drug treatment in correctional settings. In: J. Petersilia and K. Reitz (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections (pp. 463-491). New York: Oxford University Press.


Freidmann, P., Hoskinson, R., Gordon, M., Schwartz, R., Kinlock, T., Knight, K., Flynn, PM, Welsh, WN, Stein, LAR, Sacks, S., O’Connell, DJ, Knudsen, HK, Shafer, MS, Hall, E., & Frisman, LK. (2012). Medication-assisted treatment in criminal justice settings affiliated with the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS): Availability, barriers and intentions. Substance Abuse, 33, 9-18.


Houser, K.A., Salvatore, C., & Welsh, W.N. Individual level predictors of community aftercare completion. The Prison Journal, 92, 106-124.


Riedel, M. & Welsh, W.N. (2011). Criminal Violence: Patterns, Causes, and Prevention (3rd ed). New York: Oxford University Press.


Hiller, M. L., Belenko, S., Welsh, W., Zajac, G., & Peters, R. H. (2011). Screening and assessment: An evidence-based process for the management and care of adult drug-involved offenders. In C.G. Leukefeld, J. Gregrich, & T. Gullotta (Eds.). Handbook on evidence based substance abuse treatment practice in criminal justice settings (pp. 45-62). New York: Springer.


Welsh, W.N. (2010). Inmate responses to prison-based drug treatment: A repeated measures analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109, 37-44.


Welsh, W.N. (2010). Prison-based substance-abuse programs. In: Gideon, L. and Sung, H. (Eds.), Rethinking corrections: Rehabilitation, reintegration and reentry (pp. 157-192). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Welsh, W.N. & P.N. McGrain (2008). Predictors of therapeutic engagement in prison-based drug treatment. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 96, 271–280. (Peer reviewed).


Kelly, C.E. & Welsh, W.N. (2008). The predictive validity of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised for drug-involved offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 819-831.