Lori B-Lovins

Dr. Lori Brusman-Lovins

University of Houston - Downtown

Lori received her B.A. in psychology in 1993, her M.S.W. in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at University of Houston Downtown, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. Her area of concentration is in corrections and research interests include evidence-based correctional programming, program implementation, and how the criminal justice system treats specialized populations, such as juveniles, females, sex offenders and offenders with mental illness. Prior to her current academic position, she served two years as the Director of Clinical Services for the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the fourth largest probation department in the country. Lori was responsible for the oversight and development of clinical probation services, including an assessment unit, outpatient substance abuse counseling program, dual diagnosis and substance abuse residential programs. In conjunction with completing her doctoral degree, Lori was employed as a full-time Research Associate for the University of Cincinnati Center for Criminal Justice Research and was Project Director for several state-wide research and program implementation initiatives.


Dr. Jennifer Hartman

University of North Carolina – Charlotte (CV)

Jennifer L. Hartman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice in 1999.  Dr. Hartman is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She is affiliated with the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati.  Her research interests center around effective interventions for offenders and the assessment of correctional programs.  She has served as a consultant to agencies providing technical assistance for adults and youth on risk/need assessments, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and the implementation of effective treatment services.


Dr. Alex Holsinger

University of Missouri – Kansas City (CV)

He received his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. In 2012 he was awarded the American Probation and Parole Association’s “University of Cincinnati” award for his significant contributions to the academic field of corrections. He specializes in community corrections and offender assessment, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He created “Criminal Justice in the Popular Media,” a course that utilizes students’ exposure to the criminal justice system through TV and movies as an opportunity to develop analytical and critical writing skills.


Dr. Debi Koetzle

John Jay College – City University of New York (CV)

Deborah Koetzle is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management and Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program at John Jay School of Criminal Justice at City University of New York. She earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests center around effective interventions for offenders, problem-solving courts, risk/need assessments, and the use of social media by police departments. She has served as a consultant to local, state, and federal agencies on the topic of assessment, treatment and quality assurance within both institutional and community-based programs and is currently working with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals to develop empirically based standards for adult drug courts. Her research has appeared in Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.


Dr. Shelly Listwan

University of North Carolina – Charlotte (CV)

Shelley Johnson Listwan is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Prior to this, she held a position as an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and an associate professor at Kent State University.   She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2001.  Her areas of interest include: corrections, criminological theory, psychology of crime, and victimization. She has authored several articles in area of drug courts, case classification, and correctional rehabilitation. Dr. Listwan also serves as a consultant to several state, local, and national agencies in an effort to improve assessment practices and the effectiveness of community-based interventions for offenders.      


Dr. Brian Lovins

Harris County Community Supervison and Corrections (CV)

Dr. Brian Lovins is the Assistant Director for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to Houston, his work at the School of Criminal Justice has included developing a state-wide juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), as well as redesigning juvenile and adult correctional programs to meet evidence-based standards.  Dr. Lovins has been invited to present to over 150 agencies and routinely trains agencies in the principles of effective intervention, risk assessment, and the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions.  Dr. Lovins has recently received the Dr. Simon Dinitz Award for his work and dedication in helping correctional agencies adopt evidence-based programs.  In addition, he has published articles on risk assessment, sexual offenders, effective interventions, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.  


Dr. Matthew Makarios

University of Northern Iowa (CV)

Beginning fall 2009, Dr. Matthew Makarios joined the Criminal Justice Department as an assistant professor.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in criminology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and his master’s degree in criminal justice at Washington State University.  Dr. Makarios obtained his PhD in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he specialized in criminological theory and corrections.  He currently teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice and Correctional Intervention.  His recent research includes examining the impact of childhood abuse on female criminal behavior, evaluating the impact on adolescent delinquency on social development, and the development of a risk assessment system for offenders in the State of Ohio.  He has published articles in Justice Quarterly and Crime and Delinquency.


Dr. AJ Myer

North Dakota State University (CV)

Andrew J. (A.J.) Myer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at North Dakota State University.   Dr. Myer is also a Research Fellow with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute.  He has taught courses on corrections, evidenced based correctional programming, and statistical and research methodologies.  His research interests include effective correctional interventions, evidence based program evaluation, actuarial offender risk assessment practices, and macro-social research methods.


Dr. Travis C. Pratt


Travis C. Pratt is a Fellow in the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. He received his PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses primarily on criminological theory and correctional policy, with his most recent work addressing the nature and consequences of violent victimization. He is the author of Addicted to Incarceration (2009, Sage), and he has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in journals such as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Pediatrics, and Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.


Dr. Jennifer Pealer

East Tennessee State University (CV)

Jennifer Pealer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University where she teaches courses in corrections, courts and criminology.  Prior to joining ETSU, she worked as a senior policy analyst assisting criminal justice systems with implementing data-driven policies and programs.  She was also the Assistant Commissioner of Research and Program Development for the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing evidence-based practices, programs, and training agendas. Dr. Pealer has served as a consultant to many correctional programs throughout the United States by providing training and technical assistance in offender risk/need instruments and effective practices in risk reduction. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from East Tennessee State University and her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. 


Dr. Kim Sperber

Talbert House

Kimberly Gentry Sperber received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 and has worked in the field for more than 20 years. Her areas of expertise include CQI and outcomes evaluation, implementation of evidence-based practices within community-based programs, correctional risk/needs assessment, accreditation, and organizational risk management. Dr. Sperber currently works as the Chief Research Officer for Talbert House. Prior to this position, she spent 6 years coordinating the CQI process for Talbert House and its affiliate programs. She has also assisted both county and state level systems with implementing CQI and outcome systems. Dr. Sperber’s current research efforts focus on building and executing a comprehensive research agenda on the effective application of risk-based dosage.


Dr. Charlene Taylor,

Boise State University

Dr. Charlene Y. Taylor-Kindrick joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University in 2012. Her B.A. in criminal justice is from Washington State University, and she earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation analyzed gender-specific predictors of delinquency. Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Taylor-Kindrick worked as a trainer for program evaluation and effective correctional interventions for Los Angeles County Probation, and taught at California State University Bakersfield and Portland State University. As a consultant, she has provided technical assistance to corrections departments in states around the country regarding effective correctional interventions, risk assessment, cognitive behavioral interventions and motivational interviewing. Her research interests are in offender risk/needs assessment and prediction, evaluation of correctional interventions, correctional policy, developmental criminology, sex offenders, and correctional interventions with juvenile offenders, and her teaching interests are in corrections, criminology, research methods, statistics, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, and criminal law and procedures. Dr. Taylor-Kindrick maintains professional affiliations with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.


Dr. Alex Piquero,

University of Texas at Dallas

Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Adjunct Professor Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance, Griffith University, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, and was Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology from 2008 to 2013. Prior to arriving at UT-Dallas, he was on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Maryland, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Temple University. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods, and has collaborated on several books including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David P. Farrington and Alfred Blumstein) and Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (Springer, co-edited by David Weisburd). His work has been cited over 23,000 times and he has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 in terms of scholarly publications in elite criminology/criminal justice journals. 


Dr. Jessica J. Warner,

Miami University (Ohio) Regionals

Dr. Warner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Justice Studies at Miami University (Ohio) Regionals where she teaches corrections, research methods, statistics, and capstone courses.  Dr. Warner earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2015.  Her research specializations include correctional rehabilitation, science of implementation, justice and community collaborations, public opinion of criminal justice, and survey methodology. Dr. Warner has served as a consultant to many correctional agencies nationally and internationally by providing training, technical assistance, and evaluation services.


Dr. Ronen Ziv

Dr. Ronen Ziv received his M.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to coming to the U.S., he earned his L.L.B. (2005) and L.L.M. (2006) in Law from the Tel-Aviv University, and worked as a criminal defense lawyer.  Ronen’s main area of interest is corrections with a particular emphasis on correctional theories and offender rehabilitation.  His research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of correctional interventions and risk-need offender assessments.  In his current position, Ronen is a teaching fellow at the school of criminology in Haifa and teaches penology and correctional rehabilitation.  He also assists correctional agencies in conducting evidence-based rehabilitation.  


Dr. Kevin Knight

Institute of Behavioral Research

Texas Christian University

Since joining the IBR faculty in 1991, Dr. Kevin Knight’s career has focused on research involving HIV and substance using criminal justice populations. He has served as Principal Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute of Corrections. Currently, he is the TCU PI on a major NIDA Cooperative Agreement called Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS); a multi-site project currently in its 11th year with a focus on testing strategies to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices within criminal justice settings. Dr. Knight also is a PI on a multiple PI 5-year project involving a randomized clinical trial of an augmented test, treat, link, and retain model for North Carolina and Texas HIV positive prisoners being released to the community. As Co-PI on IBR’s 6-year Criminal Justice Disease Risk Reduction Project, he is involved in the development, adaptation, and testing of intervention strategies to reduce disease risk among released prisoners. Dr. Knight serves on journal editorial boards, including serving as co-editor of Offender Programs Report, and participates in advisory activities for a variety of organizations that address criminal justice, substance use, and related policy issues. His primary research interests include screening and assessment strategies, targeted and adaptive interventions, and implementation strategies of evidence-based practices within justice-involved organizations.


Dr. Jennifer L. Skeem

University of California, Berkeley

Jennifer L. Skeem is the Mack Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of Research in Social Welfare, and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a psychologist who writes and teaches about the intersection between behavioral science and the justice system.  Her research is designed to inform legal decision-making about people with emotional and behavioral problems.  Specific topics include improving outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illness, understanding psychopathic personality disorder, and promoting prosocial behavior among juveniles at high risk for violence.  Skeem’s current work addresses a recent surge of interest in the use of risk assessment to inform criminal sentencing—including how this practice may affect racial and economic disparities in imprisonment. 

Professor Skeem is an author of about 120 articles and chapters and editor of 2 books—including Applying Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending, which won the American Psychological Association Division 41 Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Psychology and Law.  Skeem is past President of the American Psychology-Law Society, and member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment.  She has served on advisory boards for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts, and U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to arriving at Berkeley in 2014, she was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Irvine.