Kristen M. Zgoba Wins the Peter P. Lejins Research Awardby Marilyn C. Moses
NIJ congratulates Kristen M. Zgoba, winner of the 2013 Peter P. Lejins Research Award, for her steadfast commitment to criminal
The Peter P. Lejins Research Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a corrections researcher. "The Lejins Award is given
to an individual who has produced significant research for the correctional community and has demonstrated personal commitment
and contribution to improve the profession of corrections," explained James Gondles, Executive Director of the American Corrections
Association, which bestows the award.
Kristen M. Zgoba received her first NIJ research grant in 2006, just two years after earning her doctorate from Rutgers University.
With the grant, she established prevalence rates of sex offenses before and after Megan's Law and compared recidivism rates
among sex offenders who were subject to the law with rates for those who were not. This seminal work has become a benchmark
for future research in the field. Read more about the study (pdf, 4 pages).
Since that first NIJ award, Zgoba has contributed an impressive body of knowledge about sex offenses and offenders, including
characteristics of sex offenders, predictive validity of risk assessment tools (such as the Static-99R), recidivism trajectories,
and collateral consequences of sex offender notification and residency restriction laws.
Zgoba is currently supervisor of research and evaluation at the New Jersey Department of Corrections, where she focuses on
sex offender management, offender recidivism and correctional health care, among other things. She developed a five-year research
initiative and grant framework for her department and served as the statistical liaison for the "Another [Second] Chance"
Initiative under former Governor Corzine's Crime Plan. She also is an adjunct professor at Rutgers.
"Her skills are top-notch, her grasp of the importance and uses of research in practical ways is unsurpassed, and her contributions
are some of the most important in corrections departments in the nation," said Richard Tewksbury, 2006 recipient of the Lejins
Award. "Dr. Zgoba has earned this distinction."
NIJ Journal No. 271, February 2013
About the Author
Marilyn C. Moses is a social science analyst in NIJ's Justice Systems Research Division.
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