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Title: Assistant Professor
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Sarah M. Manchak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychopathology with a concentration in psychology and the law from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Prior to that, she earned her MA in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Manchak's research seeks to inform policy and interventions for offenders with mental illness and other individuals at risk for violence, self-harm, and antisocial behavior within correctional, mental health, and forensic settings. Her previous research has examined such topics as specialty mental health probation, client-therapist relationships in mandated treatment, communication and collaboration between probation and mental health agencies, and self-perceptions of violence and self-harm risk. Her current projects include a national survey on the implementation of evidence-based practices in probation and parole and an experimental vignette study to test the influence of offender demographic characteristics on the reliability of risk assessment ratings and probation officer case decision-making. Dr. Manchak also recently submitted a grant proposal to the National Institute of Justice to examine risk and protective factors for adverse health and employment outcomes from workplace trauma and stress among corrections officers, and she hopes to extend this work internationally to examine these issues among corrections officers in Scottish prisons in the near future.
Dr. Manchak teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is the coordinator of the undergraduate research program and faculty-led study abroad program in Scotland.View Curriculum Vitae (pdf)