The Department of Criminal Justice conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in the discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, the department provides exemplary service to the university and broader professional and academic community.

Research Interests

Kenneth Adams, Ph.D.

  • police use of force
  • adjudication
  • juvenile justice
  • mentally ill inmates
  • corrections

Thomas Baker, Ph.D.

  • Perceptions of Correctional Populations
  • Public Opinion of Criminal Justice Policy
  • Life-Course Criminology

Kristina Childs, Ph.D.

  • problem behavior syndrome
  • public health issues in juvenile corrections
  • disproportional minority contact in juvenile justice system
  • juvenile justice

Jacinta Gau, Ph.D.

  • police-community relations
  • procedural justice and police legitimacy
  • race and policing

Stephen Holmes, Ph.D.

  • statistics
  • policy
  • sex offenders
  • applied research methods
  • suicide and violent crime
  • police use of force

Catherine Kaukinen, Ph.D.

  • intimate partner violence
  • Family Violence
  • Violence Against Women
  • Campus Violence against Women Prevention
  • Dating Violence
  • Physical and Mental Health Consequences of Violent Victimization
  • Campus Violence

Sue Mahan

  • jails and prisons
  • victimology
  • women offenders
  • prison riots
  • community corrections
  • domestic violence

Matthew Matusiak, Ph.D.

  • program evaluation
  • police organizations
  • police executives
  • organizational planning
  • violent crime

William Moreto, Ph.D.

  • environmental criminology
  • policing
  • crime analysis
  • crime prevention
  • geographic information systems
  • crime science
  • wildlife crime
  • qualitative methods

Gene Paoline, Ph.D.

  • police culture
  • police use of force
  • criminal justice theory
  • attitudes of criminal justice practitioners
  • systematic social observation (SSO) methods

Jennifer Peck, Ph.D.

  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Court Processing
  • Treatment of Disadvantaged Groups in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Causes and Correlates of Delinquent Behavior

Roberto Potter, Ph.D.

  • justice system decision making
  • substances/mental health/harm reduction
  • justice system evaluation
  • discipline impacts on justice systems research and education
  • correctional health
  • social realities and justice systems

Jeffrey Rosky, Ph.D., M.S., B.A.

  • research methods
  • Intersection of Criminal Justice and Public Health
  • Correctional Practices Including Supervision and Treatment of Offenders
  • factors that influence criminal sentencing

Lee Ross, Ph.D., M.A.

  • crime theory
  • criminal justice systems
  • religion and crime
  • minorities and the criminal justice system
  • intimate partner homicide
  • critical race theory
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • victimology
  • domestic violence

Joseph Sanborn, Ph.D.

  • juvenile justice
  • sentencing
  • civil rights
  • human rights
  • criminal procedure
  • criminal courts and law

Raymond Surette, Ph.D.

  • media
  • crime and criminal justice
  • copycat crimes
  • evaluation
  • CCTV and public surveillance
  • survey research
  • crime prevention

Cory Watkins, Ph.D.

  • police and society
  • crime mapping and analysis
  • police technology
  • criminology

Mark Winton, Ph.D.

  • Genocide
  • Torture
  • Mental Illness
  • Sex Crimes

Ross Wolf, Ed.D., M.P.A.

  • police training
  • volunteer policing
  • international comparative policing
  • police administration and management
  • reserve and auxiliary policing
  • police and society
  • police use of force

Current/Recent Grants

Studying the Impact of Video Analytics for Pre, Live and Post Event Analysis on Outcomes of Criminal Justice
Co-PI: Ray Surette, Ph.D. (with PI Mubarak Shah, Ph.D., UCF Center for Research in Computer Vision)
$1,300,000, 1/1/2016-12/31/2017
National Institute of Justice

Evaluation: Veterans Treatment Court Services
PI: Roberto Potter, Ph.D.
$42,813, 10/1/2014-9/30/2017
Seminole County, Florida

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe
PI: Kristina Fisher, Ph.D. (with Co-PIs Roberto Potter, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton and Kimberley Gryglewicz)
$305,862, 1/1/2015-6/30/2017
National Institute of Justice (to Brevard Public Schools then to UCF)
[total NIJ award is $2,269,744]

Evaluation and Project Design for Seminole Behavioral Healthcare
PI: Roberto Potter, Ph.D.
$90,000, 7/1/2014-6/30/2017
Aspire Health Partners

Police Early Intervention Systems: The State of the Art
PI: Eugene A. Paoline III, Ph.D.
$94,747, 1/1/2014-6/30/2016
National Institute of Justice (to John Finn Institute for Public Safety then to UCF)
[total NIJ award is $486,485]

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs: Policy Change, Law Enforcement Activity and Diversion Tactics
PI: Jacinta Gau, Ph.D.
$250,000, 1/1/2013-3/31/2016
National Institute of Justice

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