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Valerie Rose Anderson

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 650H Teachers College
Tel: 513-556-2328
Email: andersve@ucmail.uc.edu

Professor Anderson received her Ph.D. in community psychology from Michigan State University in 2015 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty in 2016. The central focus of her research program is to understand juvenile corrections and victimization, and—more specifically—the circumstances and contexts in which these areas intersect. Given that framework, her research program includes two primary substantive areas of inquiry: (1) the juvenile justice system, and (2) the scope and impact of human trafficking. Her examination of these specific topics spans multiple ecological levels of analysis (e.g., individual, relational, environmental, socio-structural) and utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches.
Dr. Anderson is currently serving at the principal investigator on two funded studies: (1) a state-wide human trafficking prevalence study funded by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, (2) a study examining the health-related characteristics and context of girls in juvenile detention funded through Cincinnati Children’s CCTST Partnership Development Grant. She recently served as the principal investigator on an American Psychological Association funded public policy grant examining gender-responsive practices in the juvenile justice system.  Her research is featured in a variety of criminal justice, public health, and psychology journals.


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2015 (Psychology).
  • M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012 (Psychology).
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2009 (Psychology).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), VR Anderson and WS Davidson II, Gender-Responsivity in the Juvenile Justice System., Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (APA). 5,000. 01-01-2015 to 01-01-2016. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Anderson, Valerie; Sullivan, Christopher, Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio , Bureau of Justice Assistance. (2016-JG-HT-P6096), $100,000.00. 07-01-2017 to 06-30-2018. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Anderson, Valerie, Examining the Characteristics and Context of Detained Girls’ Needs, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. (CCTST PDG 2018), $4,990.50. 04-01-2018 to 08-23-2019. Status: Active.


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Anderson, V. R., Walerych, B., Campbell, N., Barnes, A., Davidson, W., Campbell, C., Onifade, E., & Petersen, J. (In Press). Gender-responsive intervention for female juvenile offenders: A quasi-experimental outcome evaluation. Feminist Criminology.
  • Anderson, V. R., England, K., & Davidson, W. S. (In Press). Juvenile court practitioners’ construction of and response to sex trafficking of justice system involved girl. Victims & Offenders.
  • Papp, J., Campbell, C., Onifade, E., Anderson, V., Davidson, W., & Foster, D. (2016). Youth drug offenders: An examination of criminogenic risk and juvenile recidivism. Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, 1 (4), 229-245.
  • Anderson, V. R., Davidson, W. S., Barnes, A. R., Campbell, C. A., Petersen, J. L., & Onifade, E. (2016). The differential predictive validity of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory: The role of gender. Psychology, Crime and Law, 22 (7), 666-677.
  • Anderson, V. R., Barnes, A. R., Campbell, N. A., Campbell, C. A., Onifade, E., & Davidson, W. S. (2016). Gender and adolescents’ risk for recidivism in truancy court. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 5 (1), 93-110.
  • Barnes, A. R., Campbell, N. A., Anderson, V. R., Campbell, C., Onifade, E., & Davidson, W. S. (2016). Validity of initial, exit, and dynamic juvenile risk assessment: An examination across gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55 (1), 21-38.
  • Onifade, E., Barnes, A., Campbell, C., Anderson, V., Petersen, J., & Davidson, W. (2014). Juvenile offenders and experiences of neglect: The validity of the YLS/CMI with dual-status youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 112-119.
  • Campbell, C., Onifade, E., Barnes, A., Petersen, J., Anderson, V., Davidson, W., & Gordon, D. (2014). Screening offenders: The exploration of a Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) brief screener. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53 (1), 19-34.

Book Chapters

  • Anderson, V. R. (2015). Introduction to mixed methods approaches. Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods (pp.233-241). New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.
  • Anderson, V. R., & Feeney, H. L. (In Press). Girls and prostitution. Encyclopedia of Women and Crime Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Anderson, V. R., & Javdani, S. (In Press). Physical health needs and treatment for female offenders returning to society. Female Offenders and Reentry: Pathways and Barriers to Returning to Society Sage Publishing.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 07-2015 to 07-2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • 08-2016Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati.