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Research

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


NAME PROJECT TITLE ROLE TIME TOTAL AMOUNT UML AMOUNT FUNDING AGENCY
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