ICS Team


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Cory Haberman

Associate Professor, School of Criminal Justice & Director, Institute of Crime Science, CECH Criminal Justice

660H Teachers College


Dr. Cory Haberman is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati. He received his doctorate from Temple University’s Department of Criminal Justice in 2015. To date, Dr. Haberman’s research program focusing on understanding spatial-temporal crime patterns and policing policy has been supported by roughly two million dollars in funding and resulted in over 20 publications in the field’s leading outlets. In 2019, Dr. Haberman was selected by the National Institute of Justice to be a LEADS Academic based on his commitment to evidence-based policing. Dr. Haberman was also awarded the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing’s 2019 Early Career Award for his contributions to the field of police research.  

Faculty and Staff

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Jillian Shafer Desmond

Instructor - Adjunct, CECH Criminal Justice

Teachers College


Jillian Shafer Desmond received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Junior Research Associate at the Institute of Crime Science in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She has advanced experience in data management, crime analysis, and applied police research. She has been involved in the implementation, training, and evaluation of multiple problem-oriented policing and focused deterrence projects across the country, including: Cincinnati OH, Dayton OH, Louisville KY, Fort Myers FL, Tulsa OK, and suburban and rural Ohio townships. As the lead research associate of ICS, she organizes and manages the data and ad hoc analyses of ongoing projects and assists with large-scale evaluations. She has presented her work in countless academic conferences and published peer-reviewed articles in Police Quarterly, Homicide Studies, and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.  Her main research interests include spatial crime concentrations and the interaction among offender motivation and criminal opportunity in their environments.
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John Eck

Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

660G Teachers College


Professor John Eck earned his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland in 1994.  Prior to that, helped reform police for 17 years as Research Director of the Police Executive Research Forum.  He is known for his work on investigation management, problem-oriented policing, and preventing crime at high crime places.  Dr. Eck focuses on developing practical solutions to crime problems based on sound research and rigorous theory.  Besides publishing many academic papers, he created many guides for police and others interested in preventing crime.  Dr. Eck was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on police research and policy.  In 2001 he assisted the Federal Court in negotiating a suit alleging racial discrimination in police enforcement practices.  The result was the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement.  In 2016, Dr. Eck received the Collaborative Agreement Award for helping negotiate that agreement and his subsequent work to sustain it.  He is the recipient of the 2016 Ronald V. Clarke Award presented by the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis network.  He teaches courses on policing and crime prevention.  
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James Frank

Professor and Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, CECH Criminal Justice

660C Teachers College


James Frank is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Frank is a 1993 Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.  He also received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 1977.   Dr. Frank’s primary research interests include understanding police behavior at the street-level, officer decision making during interactions with the public, the formation of citizen attitudes toward the police, and the correlates of sentencing decisions.  He has been involved in a number of externally funded research projects that primarily examine street-level police officer behavior.  His funded policing research projects have examined officer use of police technology involving gunshot location programs and the use of non-emergency call numbers, the hiring practices of police agencies, the work routines of police officers, the influence of race on traffic stops, citizen attitudes toward the police and the implementation of problem solving strategies.  He has also been involved in funded studies examining juror understanding of death penalty instructions, sentencing in state court and federal courts and the impact of collateral consequences of conviction in Ohio.  He has published articles in Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, the American Journal of Police, Crime and Delinquency, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategy and Management, and Criminology and Public Policy.  He regularly teaches courses in the areas of policing, the law and court system, and decision making across the criminal justice system.  Dr. Frank is a past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
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Edward Latessa

Professor Emeritus and Director of UCCI



Edward J. Latessa received his PhD from Ohio State University and is  Professor Emeritus and Director of UCCI of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Latessa has published over 170 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice.  He is co-author of eight books including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America.  Professor Latessa has directed over 195 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed over 1,000 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in forty-eight states.  Dr. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90).  He has also received several awards including;  Life Time Achievement Award from Rites of Passage (2018), William T. Rossiter Award from the Forensic Mental Health Association of California (2017), Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010), Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (2010), Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers of America (2010), Community Hero Award presented by Community Resources for Justice, (2010), the Bruce Smith Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2010), the George Beto Scholar, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University, (2009), the Mark Hatfield Award for Contributions in public policy research by The Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University (2008), the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Juvenile Justice Court Services Association (2007), the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology (2004), the Simon Dinitz Criminal Justice Research Award from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (2002), the Margaret Mead Award for dedicated service to the causes of social justice and humanitarian advancement by the International Community Corrections Association (2001), the Peter P. Lejins Award for Research from the American Correctional Association (1999); ACJS Fellow Award (1998); ACJS Founders Award (1992); and the Simon Dinitz award by the Ohio Community Corrections Organization.  In 2013 he was identified as one of the most innovative people in criminal justice by a national survey conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Sarah Manchak

Associate Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

660MA Teachers College


Sarah M. Manchak is an Associate 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 and individuals with serious mental illness and/or addiction.
Dr. Manchak teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is the coordinator of the undergraduate research program, runs the faculty-led study abroad program in Scotland, and is the academic advisor for the  undergraduate/university chapters of the Ohio Innocence Project, College Mentors for Kids, and the American Correctional Association.
To learn more, visit Dr. Manchak's website at www.cjimpactresearch.com.