Patricia Van Voorhis
Patricia Van Voorhis, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her doctorate degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany, and served on the faculty of the Department of Criminology at Indiana State University prior to assuming her current position at UC. Dr. Van Voorhis has published extensively in the leading criminology and criminal justice journals and is the author of Psychological Classification of the Adult, Male Prison Inmate, and lead author of Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation, currently in its 7th edition. She has provided expertise to federal, state and local agencies on topics pertaining to correctional effectiveness, program implementation, evaluation techniques, women offenders, risk assessment and correctional classification. She is the former deputy editor of Justice Quarterly, and the co-founder of the Division of Sentencing and Corrections of the American Society of Criminology. She is an elected Executive Counselor of the American Society of Criminology and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Community Corrections Association. Dr. Van Voorhis was also recently elected a fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology and has received the Simon Dinitz Research Award from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as well as the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential and Individualized Intervention Award. In August of 2009, she also received Volunteers of America's Maud Booth Award for correctional reform. She has directed numerous federal and state-funded research projects on inmate classification, gender-responsive assessment, program implementation, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and correctional effectiveness. She recently concluded a federally-funded, multi-site study of the risk factors for female recidivism.
Ashley Bauman received her M.S. in Criminal Justice in 2005 and her M.B.A in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a Research Associate for the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute and the Project Manager on the Women's Risk Needs Assessment Project from 2008-2015. Ms. Bauman also serves as the lead trainer on the Women's Risk Needs Assessment. Additionally, she trains correctional agencies around the country on a number of other topics including the Level of Service Inventory – Revised, Evidence-Based Practices, Gender-Responsive Principles and Practice, Motivational Interviewing, and Managing Agency Change. In addition to conducting training programs, she has created a number of training curricula for state correctional agencies and assisted with facilitating their internal capacity to train on these topics. She also has experience providing technical assistance to correctional agencies involving strategic planning, program evaluation, and implementation of risk/needs assessments, gender-responsive practices, and other best practices. Her research interests include gender-responsive assessments and programming, gendered pathways to crime, correctional rehabilitation, and organizational and policy issues in criminal justice agencies.
Valerie Bell received her doctorate degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She holds an assistant professor position at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a past managing editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She has co-authored articles published in Criminal Justice Studies, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Justice Quarterly. Her current research interests include mental health in corrections, Victimology, women in corrections, risk assessment, and Supreme Court law.
Rachel A. Brushett, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2013 and is now an Advanced Research Analyst with the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. As a doctoral student, she was a Research Associate working on the National Institute of Corrections/University of Cincinnati Women's Risk Needs Assessment Project and the Gender Responsive Assessment and Implementation in the Connecticut Department of Corrections Project. She was also Project Coordinator for the Gender Responsive Assessment in the Cook County (IL) Department of Corrections Project. Her areas of interest and research include program implementation and evaluation, corrections in special populations (women, juveniles, and minorities), risk/needs assessment and classification, and correctional rehabilitation.
Krista S. Gehring, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. When she was at UC, she worked on the Women’s Risk Need Project and traveled the country training correctional personnel how to use this assessment tool. Her primary research interests include women offenders, gender-responsive policies, practices, and programs, criminological theory, correctional rehabilitation, risk/needs assessment and classification, and pretrial risk/needs. A priority for her research endeavors is bridging the gap between the academic and practitioner by producing high quality research that has direct criminal justice policy implications.
Emily J. Salisbury, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Criminology and Criminal Justice within the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She is currently Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, a peer-review journal affiliated with the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. Her areas of interest and research include corrections, correctional rehabilitation, risk/needs assessment and classification, and gendered pathways of offending behavior. In addition to her work with the WRNA, Dr. Salisbury also recently developed an identification and diversion protocol in Clark County Juvenile Court (Vancouver, WA) for youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Emily Wright received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. While at UC, she worked on the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment Project. Her research involves victimization and exposure to violence and effective correctional responses to female offenders. Her work on female offenders examines the policy implications of gender-responsive classification and programming in women’s correctional settings.