Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Past and Present Fellows

The following table presents NIJ's Graduate Research Fellows since 2000. When available, the project titles are linked to an abstract of the fellow's final report, from which you also can download the full report.

Graduate Research Fellows Since 2000
Year and Award NumberFellow, University and Dissertation Chair (if available)Project Title (linked to description or final report if available)Amount
2015-IJ-CX-0006Melodie Foellmi, Fordham University, Barry Rosenfeld Factors affecting the validity of a violence risk screening tool with psychiatric inpatients$28,388
2015-IJ-CX-0005Woojae Han, SUNY Albany, Allison Redlich Impact of Community Treatment and Neighborhood Environment on Recidivism in Mental Health Courts$31,999
2015-IJ-CX-0004Leah Jacobs, UC Berkeley, Jennifer Skeem More than Mental Disorder: The Effects of Neighborhoods and Treatment on Recidivism for Probationers with Psychiatric Diagnoses$31,455
2015-IJ-CX-0002Julia Laskorunsky, Penn State, Jeff Ulmer A Different Method of Predicting Risk: Unpacking the Potential of a Statewide Sentencing Risk Assessment$32,000
2015-IJ-CX-0001Anjuli Verma, UC Irvine, Mona Lynch California's "Realignment": Understanding Local Legal Compliance in a Potential Era of Prison Downsizing$32,000
2015-R2-CX-0005 Thomas Swearingen, Michigan State University Graduate Research Fellowship: Incorporating Graph-Based Models in a Deep Learning Framework for Operational Face Recognition$50,000
2015-R2-CX-0006Khan Haque, The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Research Fellowship: Simulation Tool to Assess Dynamic Strategies for Deployment of Police Resources$44,094
2015-R2-CX-0009Allysha Powanda Winburn, University of Florida Board of Trustees Skeletal Age Estimation in Modern U.S. Adults: The Effects of Activity, Body Mass, and Osteoarthritis on Age-Related Changes in the Acetabulum$42,671
2015-R2-CX-0010Darren Wood, West Virginia University Development of White-tailed Deer Genetic Database for the Forensic Identification of Poached Samples$50,000
2015-R2-CX-0011Timothy Coulther, Northeastern University Engineering a high-fidelity, damage-tolerant polymerase for forensic analysis of damaged DNA samples$45,863
2015-R2-CX-0012Joana Antunes, Florida International University Board of Trustees DNA methylation analysis using High Resolution Melt for body fluid identification in forensic sciences$49,994
2015-R2-CX-0017Ikwulono D Unobe, Idaho State University Recovery of Defaced Serial Numbers Using Infrared Thermal Imaging$50,000
2015-R2-CX-0019Claire Luber, The Research Foundation for The SUNY, University at Albany Further Development of Raman Spectroscopy for Body Fluid Investigation: Method Advancement and Validation$42,520
2015-R2-CX-0020Taryn O. Hall, University of Washington Population Genetic Issues for Forensic Y-chromosome Markers$48,922
2015-R2-CX-0021Kyle Doty, The Research Foundation for the SUNY, University at Albany Forensic Investigation of Bloodstains Using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics: species differentiation, kinetic changes, donor age, and potential false positives$49,795
2015-R2-CX-0023Ryan Eller, Trustees of Indiana University An Investigation into the genetic basis of human facial morphology and its prediction from DNA, using a globally distributed panel of individuals from the US and Europe.$37,788
2015-R2-CX-0024Heather McKiernan, Colorado Seminary, owns & operates the University of Denver Improving Seminal Fluid Detection Sensitivity in Extended Post-Coital Intervals by QQQ Mass Spectrometry$49,799
2015-R2-CX-0028Douglas E. Armstrong, South Dakota State University Development and Properties of Kernel-Based Methods for the Interpretation and Presentation of Forensic Evidence$33,513
2015-R2-CX-0029 Amy Sorensen, Sam Houston State University Improved sample collection and preservation of DNA from decomposing human remains; A direct PCR approach for faster disaster victim identification (DVI)$46,008
2015-R2-CX-0030Rachel Houston, Sam Houston State University Development of a comprehensive genetic tool for identification of Cannabis sativa samples for forensic and intelligence purposes$46,008
2015-R2-CX-0031Jessica Winborn, Sam Houston State University Metabolism and Analysis of Desomorphine$46,008
2015-R2-CX-0032Stephen Raso, West Virginia University Evaluation of Acute Cell Toxicity of Pyrolytic Products of Synthetic Cannabinoids$45,683
2015-R2-CX-0033Shannon T. Krauss, The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia Cost-Effective Printed Microfluidic Devices for Rapid Screening of Narcotics at the Point of Interdiction$50,000
2015-R2-CX-0034Haixiang Yu, Florida International University Board of Trustees Electrochemical and Colorimetric Aptamer-Based Sensors for Rapid On-site Screening of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Seized Substances and Biological samples.$50,000
2015-R2-CX-0035David Nash, University of Central Florida Low-cost Handheld Spectrometer and Cloud-Based Data Analysis for Improved Identification of Substances of Abuse$50,000
2014-DN-BX-0001 Harish Swaminathan, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Camden Campus, Desmond Lun Computational methods for the interpretation of forensic DNA samples$34,999
2014-DN-BX-0002 Sean Tallman, The University of Tennessee, Dawnie Steadman The Evaluation and Refinement of Nonmetric Sex and Ancestry Assessment Methods in Japanese and Thai Individuals$16,490
2014-DN-BX-0003 Christy Mancuso, University of Utah, James Ehleringer Fingernails as Recorders of Region-of-Origin and Travel History$35,000
2014-IJ-CX-0007 Cory Haberman, Temple University, Jerry Ratcliffe Cops on Dots Doing What? The Differential Effects of Law Enforcement-Oriented Actions in Hot Spots$24,999
2014-IJ-CX-0003 Ryan Labrecque, University of Cincinnati, Paula Smith Reducing Prison Misconduct with Evidence-Based Administrative Segregation Policies$32,000
2014-IJ-CX-0006Jillian Turanovic, Arizona State University, Michael Reisig The Age-Graded Consequences of Victimization$32,000
2014-IJ-CX-0008Arna Carlock, SUNY Albany, Alan Lizotte Life fast, Die Young: Anticipated Early Death and Adolescent Violence and Gang Involvement$25,869
2014-IJ-CX-0017Ben Fisher, Vanderbilt University, Maury Nation The Effectiveness of School Resource Officers in Tennessee High Schools$32,000
2014-IJ-CX-0009Brook Kearley, University of Maryland, Denise Gottfredson Long Term Effects of Drug Court Participation Evidence from a 15-Year Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial$31,982
2014-IJ-CX-0011Jonathan Davis, University of Chicago, Jens Ludwig Re-engaging Justice-Involved Youth$29,799
2014-IJ-CX-0004Jill Viglione, George Mason University, Danielle Rudes Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-level Decision Making and Historical Influences Related to the Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation$31,791
2013-IJ-CX-0011 Melinda Tasca, Arizona State University, Nancy Rodriguez It's not all cupcakes and lollipops: An investigation of the predictors and effects of prison visitation for children during maternal and paternal incarceration.$25,000
2013-IJ-CX-0014April Rand, University of Kansas, Margaret Severson Exiting the Commercial Sex Trade: An Exploratory Study$30,000
2013-IJ-CX-0042 Nora Wikoff, Washington University, Michael Sherraden Labor Force Participation and Crime Among Severe and Violent Former Prisoners$25,000
2013-IJ-CX-0007 Naomi Sugie, Princeton University, Devah Pager Trajectories of job search and wellbeing among reentering individuals$25,000
2013-IJ-CX-0010Laura Smalarz, Iowa State, Gary Wells Pre-feedback eyewitness statements: Proposed inoculant and antidote for feedback effects on evaluations of eyewitness testimony$25,000
2013-IJ-CX-0044Solmaz Amiri, Washington State University, Kerry Brooks Testing a Geospatial Predictive Policing Strategy: Application of ArcGIS 3D Analyst Tools for Forecasting Commission of Residential Burglaries$28,132
2013-IJ-CX-0009Marina Sorochinski, John Jay College, C. Gabrielle Salfati Using Behavioral Patterns to Link Serial Rape Offenses: A Multidimensional Approach$18,000
2013-IJ-CX-0041Miriam Bohmert, Michigan State University, Merry Morash Access to Transportation and Outcomes for Women on Probation and Parole$29,440
2013-IJ-CX-0012Jonna Berry , Iowa State University of Science and Technology, R. S. Houk Detection of Gunshot Residue in Blowfly Larvae, Decomposing Porcine Tissue, and Porcine Bone Using Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry$30,000
2013-IJ-CX-0008Liana Taylor, Temple University, Matt Hiller Evidence-Based Treatment and Responsivity: Individual and Program Predictors of Recidivism During Juvenile Drug Court and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment$25,000
2013-IJ-CX-0043Heather Harris, University of Maryland, Peter Reuter Peering into prison peer effects and their policy implications$30,000
2013-IJ-CX-0052Megan Welsh, John Jay College, Valli Rajah How Women and Front-Line Workers Manage the Bureaucratic Process of Prisoner Reentry$30,000
2013-IJ-CX-0013Christina Smith, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey Social Networks and Organized Crime$24,990
2012-IJ-CX-0027Hui Huang, University of Illinois
Dissertation Chair: Joseph P. Ryan
Out of Home Placement Location and Juvenile Delinquency: the Investigation of Neighborhood Impact on Child Welfare Population's Juvenile Justice Involvement$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0017Laura Gaydosh, University of North Texas 
Dissertation Chair: Joseph E. Warren
Physical and Biochemical Factors Affecting the Recovery and Analysis of DNA from Human Skeletal Remains$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0020Jordan Bechtold, University of California
Dissertation Chair:Elizabeth Cauffman
Under the Radar or Under Arrest: How does Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Impact Delinquency and Academic Achievement?$24,999
2012-IJ-CX-0018Tia Stevens, Michigan State University
Dissertation Chair: Merry Morash
Effects of County and State Economic, Social, and Political Contexts on Racial/Ethnic and Gender Differences in Youth's Penetration into the Justice System$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0022Michael Winograd, Northwestern University
Dissertation Chair: J. Peter Rosenfeld
Countermeasure Mechanisms and Ecological Validity of P300- Based Concealed Information Tests$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0044Jonah Siegel, University of Michigan
Dissertation Chair: Jeffrey D. Morenoff
The Contextual Determinants and Implications of Back-end Sentencing$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0007Jenna Kieckhaefer, The Florida International University
Dissertation Chair: Nadja Schreiber Compo
Understanding Rapport-building in Investigative Interviews: Does Rapport's Effect on Witness Memory and Suggestibility Depend on the Interviewer?$24,999
2012-IJ-CX-0006Tracy Sohoni, University of Maryland
Dissertation Chair: Ray Paternoster
The Effect of Collateral Consequence Laws on State Rates of Returns to Prison$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0005Yasemin Gaziarifoglu, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Dissertation Chair: Joel M. Caplan
Identifying Risky Places for Street Robberies$25,000
2012-IJ-CX-0016 Pamela Marshall, Univerity of North Texas
Dissertation Chair: Bruce Budowle
Development of an Analytical Approach for a Robust Probability Model for LCN DNA Profile Interpretation$24,988
2012-IJ-CX-0019Jisun Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation Chair: Amos B. Smith III
Development of Novel 1,2- Indanedione Fingerprint Reagents$25,000
2011-JB-FX-0062Jamie Henderson, Temple University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Kathleen Auerhahn SORNA's Potential Effects on the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System$25,000
2011-CD-BX-0123 Katherine (Butler) Gettings, The George Washington University
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Philip W. Harris
Ancestry/Phenotype SNP Analysis & Integration with Established Forensic Markers$25,000
2011-CD-BX-0124R. Bradley Patterson, George Mason University
Dissertation Chair: Dr. John J. Miller
Advancing The Use of Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curves to Measure Performance of Forensic Methods$25,000
2011-JP-FX-0101 David Pyrooz, Arizona State University
Dissertation Chair: Dr.  Scott Decker
The Long-Term Consequences of Gang Membership$25,000
2011-CD-BX-0205 Kevin Legg, University of Denver Dissertation Chair: Dr. Phillip B. Danielson Development and Testing of a Rapid Multiplex Assay for the Identification of Biological Stains$25,000
2010-IJ-CX-0001Joshua Chanin, American University Dissertation Chair: Dr. David Rosenbloom "Negotiated Justice" — The Legal, Administrative and Policy Implications of "Pattern or Practice" Police Misconduct Reform$25,000
2010-IJ-CX-1675 Lallen Johnson, Temple University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe Journeys to Buy and Sell Illegal Narcotics in Philadelphia Drug Markets$25,000
2010-IJ-CX-0003 Matthew Ruther, University of Pennsylvania Dissertation Chair: Dr. John MacDonald Immigrant Concentration and Homicide Mortality: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of the Effects of Ethnic Enclaves$25,000
2010-IJ-CX-0002 Lori Sexton, University of California, Irvine Dissertation Chair: Dr. Valerie Jenness Under the Penal Gaze: An Empirical Examination of Penal Consciousness Among Prison Inmates$24,950
2010-IJ-CX-0004 Kelly Socia, University at Albany, SUNY Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alan Lizotte Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Residential Locations in New York$25,000
2009-IJ-CX-0006Roberta Belli, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Dissertation Chair: Dr. Joshua D. Freilich Where Terrorists, Far-Right Extremists and Greedy Criminals Meet: A Comparative Study of Financial Crimes in the U.S.$20,000
2009-IJ-CX-0005Robin Conley, University of California, Los Angeles Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alessandro Duranti Discourses of Death: Language, Juries and "Future Danger" in Texas Death Penalty Trials$20,000
2009-IJ-CX-0025 Andrew M. Lemieux, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marcus Felson Risks of Violence in Major Daily Activities, United States, 2003-2005$20,000
2009-IJ-CX-0021Bo Pietraszkiewicz, University of Connecticut Dissertation Chair: Dr. Linda Strausbaugh Exploring the Genetic Diversity of Bacterial Populations in Soil for Forensic Applications$20,000
2009-IJ-CX-0002 Shun-Yung Kevin Wang, Florida State University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gary Kleck Employment, Ethnicity and Crime and Delinquency of Working Youth: A Longitudinal Study of Youth Employment$20,000
2009-IJ-CX-0024Cynthia W. Weaver, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa School of Social Work Dissertation Chair: Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell Identifying Offending Trajectories for First-Time Youth Offenders$19,999
2008-IJ-CX-0005 Jennifer E. Cobbina, University of Missouri, St. Louis Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jody Miller From Prison to Home: Women's Pathways In and Out of Crime $20,000
2008-IJ-CX-0004Philip R. Kavanaugh, University of Delaware Dissertation Chair: Dr. Tammy L. Anderson The Relationship Between Individual Disposition and Social Context in Criminal Offending and Victimization: A Storyline Approach$19,785
2008-IJ-CX-0006 Gregory M. Zimmerman, University at Albany, SUNY Dissertation Chair: Dr. Greg Pogarsky Impulsivity and Collective Efficacy: Investigating the Person-Context Nexus$20,000
2007-DN-BX-0005Yi Chen, Michigan State University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Anil K. Jain Automated Fingerprint Matching Using Extended Feature Set$20,000
2007-IJ-CX-0006Ruth Marie Garcia, Temple University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Ralph Brecken Taylor An Integrated Perspective on Federal Correctional Officers and Levels of Perceived Risk$19,976
2007-IJ-CX-0031Christine L. Gardiner, University of California, Irvine Dissertation Chair: Dr. Elliott P. Currie From Inception to Implementation: How the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act Has Affected the Case Processing and Sentencing of Drug Offenders in One California County$19,991
2007-IJ-CX-0007Kristy N. Matsuda, University of California, Irvine Dissertation Chair: Dr. Cheryl L. Maxson The Impact of Incarceration on Young Offender Recidivism$20,000
2007-DN-BX-0013Megan K. Moore, University of Tennessee Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lyle Konigsberg Body-Mass Estimation by Biomechanical and Morphometric Methods$20,000
2007-DN-BX-0004 Natalie R. Shirley, University of Tennessee Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard L. Jantz Use of Innovative Methods to Determine the Most Sexually Dimorphic Dimensions of the Clavicle$20,000
2007-IJ-CX-0010Benjamin Steiner, University of Cincinnati Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Wooldredge Maintaining Prison Order: Understanding Causes and Consequences of Inmate Misconduct Within and Across Ohio Correctional Facilities$20,000
2007-IJ-CX-0015 Lydia Brashear Tiede, University of California, San Diego Dissertation Chair: Dr. Mathew McCubbins Comparative Criminal Sentencing: The Effect of Mandatory and Advisory Constraints on Judicial Decision-Making$20,000
2007-DN-BX-0006Meredith A. Turnbough, University of North Texas Dissertation Co-Chairs: Drs. Robert C. Benjamin and Arthur J. Eisenberg Application of Molecular Genetics to Human Identity$20,000
2006-IJ-CX-0002Juan Pantano, University of California, Los Angeles Essays in Applied Microeconomics$20,000
2006-DN-BX-K002Richard Kristinsson, University of Denver Mitochondrial DNA Mixture Separation, Development and Validation by Denaturing High-Performance Liquid Chromatography$20,000
2006-IJ-CX-0003Alicia Peter, Columbia University Trafficking in Meaning: Law, Victims and the State$20,000
2006-IJ-CX-0001 Kevin Beaver, University of Cincinnati The Intersection of Genes, the Environment, and Crime and Delinquency: A Longitudinal Study of Offending$20,000
2005-IJ-CX-K140Tamar Awad, Auburn University Mass Spectral and Chromatographic Studies on a Series of Regioisomers and Isobaric Derivatives Related to Methylenedioxymethamines$20,000
2005-WG-BX-0001Clifton Emery, University of Chicago Consequences of Childhood Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence$20,000
2005-WG-BX-0002Kristin Carbone-Lopez, University of Minnesota In and Out of Harm's Way: Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Over the Life Course$20,000
2005-IJ-CX-0014 Jeffrey Lin, New York University Exploring the Impact of Institutional Placement on the Recidivism of Delinquent Youth$20,000
2005-DA-BX-K100Joan Bienvenue, University of Virginia Development of Microdevice Solid-Phase Purification Utilizing Dual Pressure/Electro-Elution for Concentration and Enhanced Recovery of DNA$20,000
2004-IJ-CX-0012 David Kirk, University of Chicago Unraveling the Neighborhood and School Effects on Youth Behavior$20,000
2004-IJ-CX-0006Joseph Targonski, University of Illinois A Comparison of Imputation Methodologies in the Offenses-Known Uniform Crime Reports$19,997
2004-IJ-CX-0008Lynn Urban, University of Missouri, St. Louis Deterrent Effect of Curfew Enforcement: Operation Nightwatch in St. Louis$20,000
2004-DN-BX-K006Amanda Hepler, North Carolina State University Bayesian Networks in Forensic Science: An Evolutionary Perspective$20,000
2003-IJ-CX-1007Meagan Cahill, University of Arizona Dissertation Chair: Dr. Gordon Mulligan Geographies of Urban Crime: Neighborhood Specialization and Typology in Four U.S. Cities$20,000
2003-IJ-CX-1004Ariana Wall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Dissertation Chair: Dr. Richard Barth Frequency in the Child Welfare System: Influential Child and Caregiver Characteristics$20,000
2003-IJ-CX-1005Andrea Leverentz, University of Chicago Dissertation Chair: Dr. Andrew Abbott People, Places, and Things: The Social Process of Reentry for Female Ex-Offenders$20,000
2003-IJ-CX-1016Catherine Bradshaw, Cornell University Dissertation Chair: Dr. James Garbarino Testing a New Mediational Model of the Link Between Maltreatment and Reactive Aggression in Adolescence$20,000
2003-IJ-CX-0003Rachel Oakes, University of California, Los Angeles Dissertation Chair: Dr. Dawn UpchurchFamily, School and Neighborhood Influences on Youth Violence$20,000
2002-IJ-CX-0025Jennifer Schwartz, The Pennsylvania State University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Darrell Steffensmeier Comparative Analysis of Structural Covariates of Female and Male Offending Rates (1970-2000)$20,000
2002-IJ-CX-0008Jennifer N. Shaffer, The Pennsylvania State University Dissertation Chair: Dr. R. Barry Ruback Adolescent Victimization and Offending: Specifying the Role of Peer Groups and Social Context$20,000
2002-IJ-CX-0003Noelle Fearn, University of Missouri, St. Louis Dissertation Chair: Dr. Eric Baumer The Influences of Community Context on the Processing and Sentencing of Felony Defendants in 54 U.S. Counties$15,000
2002-IJ-CX-0002Devah Iwalani Pager, University of Wisconsin Dissertation Chair: Dr. Robert M. Hauser The Consequences of a Criminal Record for Employment Opportunities$15,000
2001-WT-BX-0500Lynette Chow, The Pennsylvania State University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Michael P. JohnsonMaking decisions: A Multiple Models Approach to Assessing Risk of Repeat Domestic Violence$15,000
2001-WT-BX-0505 Nancy Hirschinger Blank, Rutgers University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Bonita M. Veysey Female-on-Female Assault in an Urban Area$15,000
2000-IJ-CX-0039Stephanie M. Myers, University at Albany Advisor: Dr. Robert E. Worden. Police Encounters with Juvenile Suspects: Explaining the Use of Authority and Provision of Support$15,000
2001-IJ-CX-0003Michele Moczygemba Connolly, University of Texas at Austin Dissertation Chair: Dr. William R. Kelly Offender Prediction and Classification: The Development of Fourth-Generation Predictors$15,000
2001-IJ-CX-0001Jonathan Dudek, MCP Hahnemann University Dissertation Chair: Christine Maguth Nezu When Silenced Voices Speak: An Exploratory Study of Prostitute Homicide$15,000
2001-IJ-CX-0005 Aaron Kupchik, New York University Dissertation Chair: Dr. Jo Dixon Between Two Worlds: Prosecuting Adolescents in Juvenile and Criminal Courts$14,942
2001-IJ-CX-0009Dana Peterson Lynskey, University of Nebraska at Omaha Dissertation Chair: Dr. Finn Esbensen Explaining Males' and Females' Delinquency: A Multilevel Analysis of Individual and Contextual Factors$15,000
2001-IJ-CX-0007Paul J. Hirschfield, Northwestern University Dissertation Chair: Dr. John Hagan The Impact of Juvenile Justice Involvement on Educational Outcomes$15,000
2000-IJ-CX-0046Jarret S. Lovell, Rutgers University Dissertation Chair: Dr. George Kelling Media Power and Information Control: A Study of Police Organizations and Media Relations$15,000
Date Modified: November 17, 2015