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.
PhD Student, Expected 2022
University of Utah
MA in Forensic Psychology, 2016
University of North Dakota
BSc in Criminal Justice, 2004
Weber State University
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.
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.