Consultants are specialists in community and institutional corrections, offender therapy, case management, correctional classification, assessment, sentencing, survey and evaluation research. Corrections Institute associates are correctional scholars, well-known throughout the United States and Canada. Doctoral students also assist with UCCI activities.
Ashley Bauman received her M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati. She currently serves as the Project Manager on the Women's Risk Needs Assessment Project. She has served as the book review editor for the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture and as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and the College of Mount St. Joseph. Her research interests include gender-responsive assessments and programming, gendered pathways to crime, correctional rehabilitation, the relationship between motherhood and criminality, and organizational and policy issues in criminal justice agencies.
Eva Kishimoto is a Research Associate and trainer for the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. Ms. Kishimoto has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii and is certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is independently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Hawaii where she also holds a certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has extensive clinical experience in mental health, substance abuse and trauma treatment. Additionally Ms. Kishimoto has administrative experience in program planning, development and implantation. Programs she has developed include community based fitness restoration, community re-entry and conditional release programming. Additionally, she has served as principle investigator for a statewide trauma informed implementation grant in the state of Hawaii and served as content expert and implementation consultant for Integrated Dual Diagnosis treatment in the Hawaii public mental health service system.
Edward J. Latessa
Professor and School Director
Edward J. Latessa received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1979 and is Interim Dean and Professor of the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Latessa has published over 140 works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice. He is co-author of seven books including Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America. Professor Latessa has directed over 150 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 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in over forty-five states. Dr. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90). He has also received several awards including; 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.
Jennifer D. Luther is a Research Associate with more than twenty years experience in education and criminal justice. She is a developer and primary of author of several cognitive-behavioral curricula, and has trained hundreds of criminal justice professionals in evidence-based practices. Using a behavioral approach, she designs interventions in order to actively engage participants in the change process, and thereby involve each individual in structuring the learning to be done and devising a means to applying it. In addition, she has facilitated a variety of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic groups throughout the continuum of criminal justice programming. Ms. Luther was trained through the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and inducted as a network member. She is passionate about evidence-based programming, and our individual and collective ability to effect positive change.
Jennifer L. Lux is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where she also holds the position of Research Associate in the Corrections Institute. She has recently published on the empirical status of Multisystemic Therapy and on public support for rehabilitation. Her research interests include evidence-based corrections and effective offender intervention in community settings.
Kelly Pitocco received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is independently licensed as a social worker and chemical dependency professional in the state of Ohio. Ms. Pitocco has over 25 years experience working in community corrections. Ms. Pitocco is a Research Associate for the Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati, Center for Criminal Justice Research. Ms. Pitocco trains on a variety of topics including cognitive-behavioral interventions, risk assessment and motivational interviewing (MINT member) for the Corrections Institute. She has experience in program implementation and adherence to evidence-based practices.
Candra Reeves is a Jr. Research Associate for the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute. Ms. Reeves has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently the project manager for the CCA (Community Corrections Act) Project. The CCA study is evaluating Ohio’s CCA programs to determine how effective CCA is in addressing future criminality. She is a co-trainer in the Ohio Risk Assessment System, Ohio Youth Assessment System, and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention-Substance Abuse Curriculum.
Jennifer joined the staff of the Corrections Institute in July of 2012. As Program Manager, she coordinates and schedules the trainings, activities and functions of the Institute, and promotes and manages onsite training opportunities predominantly offered through the UCCI Summer Institute.
Dr. Paula Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John in 2006. Her research interests include offender classification and assessment, correctional rehabilitation, the psychological effects of incarceration, program implementation and evaluation, the transfer of knowledge to practitioners and policy-makers, and meta-analysis. She is co-author of Corrections in the Community, and has also authored more than thirty journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Smith has directed numerous federal and state funded research projects, including studies of prisons, community-based correctional programs, juvenile drug courts, probation and parole departments, and mental health services. Furthermore, she has been involved in evaluations of more than 280 correctional programs throughout the United States. In addition to her research experience, Dr. Smith has considerable frontline experience working with a variety of offender populations, including juvenile offenders, sex offenders, and perpetrators of domestic violence. Currently, she provides training and technical assistance to criminal justice agencies throughout the United States and Canada.
Senior Research Associate and Associate Director CCJR
John has worked for the School of Criminal Justice since 1996. Over his tenure, he has been responsible for managing several grants and contracts on both a large and small scale. As Associate Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research, John is responsible for working with funding agencies and the University administration throughout the whole grant and contract process which includes contract negotiations, invoicing, human subject compliance, and closing the grant. In addition to managing staff and the day to day activities of research projects, John has also published articles in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Criminal Justice and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
Myrinda Schweitzer is an Associate Director with the Corrections Institute and a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include the assessment of correctional programs, the science of implementation and knowledge transfer, and more generally correctional treatment and rehabilitation. She has co-authored publications and served as a project director for several correctional projects. Specific topics of research and service include a state-wide correctional treatment program evaluation, the development and implementation of cognitive-behavioral programs for general delinquency, criminality, and sexual offending, and recent initiatives to implement effective practices for community supervision.
Jodi Sleyo is a Research Associate and trainer for the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. Ms. Sleyo has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University and has worked in the field of corrections since 1996. She has extensive experience in cognitive-behavioral treatment as well as program redesign and implementation. Because she has worked as a practitioner with a variety of correctional populations and an administrator in the field, Ms. Sleyo has a solid understanding of agency needs at multiple levels. Ms. Sleyo has conducted program evaluations and provided training and technical assistance to agencies interested in improving service delivery.
Carrie Sullivan, M.A. is a Research Associate in the Center for Criminal Justice Research and the Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati (UC). She received her master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2001. Ms. Sullivan has 13 years of correctional experience and has been a project manager for numerous national, state, and local correctional projects. Ms. Sullivan conducts correctional program evaluations to assist agencies in providing effective correctional interventions and assists agencies in implementing evidence-based practices. She also serves as a trainer for the UC Corrections Institute (UCCI). Ms. Sullivan is certified to train correctional professionals on evidence-based practices, cognitive-behavioral interventions, core correctional practices, case management, behavior management, the Evidence-Based Correctional Program Checklist Assessment (CPC), Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI), the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS), the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS), the Level of Service Inventory Revised (LSI-R), Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS), and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA).
Cara Thompson is a research assistant with the Corrections Institute for the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice. Miss Thompson holds a Masters of Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Her work at the School of Criminal Justice has included evaluations of prison programming and community corrections agencies, training agencies in the Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) model, and managing and coaching multiple EPICS sites across the country. Her academic interest areas include applying the principles of effective intervention to community settings and institutional programming.
Patricia Van Voorhis
Professor Van Voorhis is a 1983 PhD in criminal justice from SUNY-Albany. She served on the faculty of the Department of Criminology at Indiana State University prior to assuming her current position at UC. She is a past deputy editor of Justice Quarterly, a past president of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, and currently serves as co-founder and Vice President for the Division of Sentencing and Corrections for the American Society of Criminology. She has published in leading criminal justice journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. She is the author of Psychological Classification of the Adult, Male, Prison Inmate, and co-author of Correctional Rehabilitation and Counseling. She has directed several state and federally-funded research projects pertaining to prison classification, gender-responsive classification and correctional treatment in both community and institutional settings. She teaches individual theories of crime, applied research, seminar in correction rehabilitation, and women's studies.