Substantive Interests

Program of research

Previous research on social intervention through mentoring has found that programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) reduce negative outcomes for at-risk children. However, little is known about the efficacy of social intervention for children who have incarcerated parents.

Despite strong public support for mentoring programs, more research is needed to understand how mentoring impacts a child’s life including their self-concept. Uncertainty persists because researchers rarely gather data directly from the affected child. The issue is further problematized by unmeasured variables connecting the collateral consequences of familial crime and incarceration to the outcomes of impacted children.

My main program of research investigates the efficacy of social intervention for children impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system.

Research Outlook

Goals and outlook

My current program of research brings developmental, social psychological, and a child’s perspective to criminological work on the pressing issues related to intergenerational crime. I plan to develop research incorporating the perspective of family members who are held within a correctional facility, as well as accounting for the different influences probationers and parolees have on the children in their lives. I plan to solicit funding for these projects from sources like the National Institute of Justice and the National Institute of Health.

With respect to my work in higher education, I plan to continue examining structural inequality as it relates to social psychology and academic dishonesty. I intend to pursue funding support for these projects from sources like the National Science Foundation

Finally, with respect to my work on the scholarship of teaching and learning I plan to continue developing educational assessments as well as analyzing the use of technology in the changing landscape of higher education, with support from sources like the Department of Education.