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The UMass Lowell School of Criminology and Justice Studies maintains a robust and vibrant interdisciplinary research enterprise. Faculty in the School of Criminology & Justice Studies have been successful in obtaining an additional $6 million in research grants this year. 

Our research is fundamentally applied in its orientation, addressing vital questions related to public policy and criminal justice practice. Current research projects span a broad range of domains, including juvenile justice, policing, terrorism and security, institutional and community-based corrections, and crime prevention. Funders for recent faculty research projects include: the Minerva Research Initiative, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the United Kingdom ministry of Defense. 

School of Criminology and Justice Studies: Recent and Ongoing Grant Productivity

Andrew Harris Information Sharing and the Role of Sex Offender Registration and Notification PI 2015/2019 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 NIJ
Christopher Harris Police Early Intervention Systems: The State of the Art Co-PI 2013/2017 $486,485 $57,611 NIJ
Local Action Research Partner for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative Research Partner 2017 $49,988 $49,988 Mass Gov
Local Action Research Partner for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative (proposal in progress) Research Partner 2018 $63,906 $63,906 Mass Gov
Melissa Morabito City of Lowell/The best way out is always through: LEAD ME Evaluation Co-PI 2017/2018 $75,000 $37,469 BJA
Boston Police/BEST Collaborative Response Expansion to Serve Persons with Mental Illness Co-PI 2016/2018 $200,000 $12,244 BJA
Decision making in sexual assault cases: Replication research on sexual violence case attrition in the US PI 2013/2018 $1,688,108 $1,109,622 NIJ
Wilson Palacios City of Lowell Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Co-PI 2017/2019 $567,440 $105,000 BJA
City of Lowell Smart Policing Initiative Co-PI 2017/2019 $700,000 $110,000 BJA
April Pattavina Designing an Integrated Mobile Application and Case Management Tool to Promote Behavioral Change in Criminal Populations Supervised in the Community April Pattavina (PI), Ronald Corbett (co-PI) 2017 $99,408 $99,408 NSF
"Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus: A National Assessment and Systematic Classification of Scope and Challenges for Investigation and Adjudication" PI 2016 $555,677 $65,227 NIJ
UTEC - Community Reentry for Young Adults UTEC PI/Pattavina (Research Partner PI) and Kimberly Kras (Co-PI) 2017 $1,000,000 $130,068 BJA
Arie Perliger "Becoming a Domestic Terrorist: Modeling the Critical Role of Emotions in Decision-Making and Radicalization (proposal under review)" Co-PI 2018/2019 $687,008 $687,008 NIJ
"Facilitating Policy Solutions by Exploring the Contextual Nature of the Settlements in the West Bank (proposal under review)" PI 2017/2018 $26,295 $26,295 Samuel Rubin Foundation
Ryan Shields "Evaluating Criminal and Juvenile Justice Responses to Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth: How Safe Harbor Impacts Youth Perceptions and Outcomes (proposal under review)" PI 2018/2020 $552,938 $175,351 NIJ
Neil Shortland "Seizing Optimum Opportunities for Action: Goal Conflict and Decision Inertia in Military Operations" Co-PI 2017/2020 $531,496 $198,354 DOD
"Hearts, minds and counter-messages: An experimental test of personality on reactions to extremist propaganda and counter-extremist messages" PI 2016/2017 $8,400 $8,400 Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society
"Bio-Markers and Counter-Messages: Measuring Individual Differences in the Influence of Extremist Propaganda and Counter-Messages (proposal under review)" Neil Shortland (PI), Arie Perliger (Co-PI), Jill Portnoy 2018/2020 $794,181 $494,988 DOD
Sheldon Zhang "An outcome evaluation and case study of an anti-sex trafficking program in Bangalore, India (PI: Meredith Dank, John Jay)" Co-PI 2017/2018 $104,757 $37,191 Justice & Care
"Understanding and Measuring Bias Victimization against Latinos (PI: Carlos Cuevas, NEU)" Local PI (San Diego) 2017/2020 $558,575 $100,000 NIJ (2016-V3-GX-0001)
"Longitudinal evaluation of victimization against Latinos (LEVEL): An extension of the Bias Victimization Study (PI: Carlos Cuevas, NEU)" Local PI (San Diego) 2017/2020 $725,999 $100,000 NIJ (2017-VF-GX-0005 )
"An Exploratory Study of Labor Trafficking Among U.S. Citizen Victims (PI: Meredith Dank, John Jay)" Co-PI 2017/2020 $873,508 $199,719 NIJ (2017-VT-BX-0002 )
TOTAL $11,349,169 $4,867,849