Biography

I am a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Utah and a National Institute of Justice LEADS scholar. I study policing and criminal justice policy. I am particularly interested in public perceptions of police use-of-force and the criminal justice system, investigative techniques in sexual assault cases, and crime deterrence policy. I have published a number of peer-reviewed studies in academic journals, reporting research in the areas of police use-of-force, police attitudes and behaviors, and crime deterrence.

Interests

  • Policing
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Text Analytics

Education

  • PhD Student, Expected 2022

    University of Utah

  • MA in Forensic Psychology, 2016

    University of North Dakota

  • BSc in Criminal Justice, 2004

    Weber State University

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Accomplish­ments

LEADS Scholar

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Projects

First Responder Sexual Assault Training: An Evaluation

Key Findings Officers’ initial response and reporting on sexual assault investigations were believed to be contributing to poor victim retention for these cases. We trained every officer in a four-hour block with victim-centered techniques, hoping to improve initial response to, and police-victim interactions during, reports of sexual assault.

Evaluation of a Jurisdiction’s Mandatory Sexual Assault Kit Testing Policy

In 2014, a jurisdiction’s police department came under public criticism regarding past non-testing of sexual assault kits (SAKs) for sexual assault investigations. From 2004 through 2013, approximately 77% of all SAKs received by this jurisdiction were never submitted to a crime laboratory for processing.

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