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Melissa Morabito

Melissa Morabito
Melissa Schaefer MorabitoAssociate Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Morabito conducts research on the adoption of police innovation concentrating on issues of technology, diversity and police response to public health problems in the community such as mental illness, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Education

  • Ph D: Justice, Law and Society, (2006), American University - Washington, D.C.
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "Community Well Being: Investigating the Police Role in Jurisdiction Level Outcomes."
  • MS: Social Work with a concentration in Law, (1999), Columbia University, - New York, NY
  • BA: Political Science, (1997), University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
    Supporting Area: Urban Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Center for Teaching Excellence Graduate Fellowship (2005), Teaching - New Media Center & Faculty Corner
  • University Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship (2005), Scholarship/Research - American University
  • School of Public Affairs Dissertation Fellowship (2004), Scholarship/Research - School of Public Affairs
  • Hurst Scholar Award (2001), Scholarship/Research - American University

Publications

  • Yu, C., Ding, W., Morabito, M.S., Chen, P. () "Hierarchical Spatio-Temporal Pattern Discovery and Predictive Modeling,"
  • Morabito, M.S., Pattavina, A.F., Williams, L. (2016) "Active representation and police response to sexual assault complaints," Journal of Crime and Justice pp. 1–14
  • Morabito, M.S., Pattavina, A.F., Williams, L. (2016) "It all just piles up: challenges to victim credibility accumulate to influence sexual assault case processing," Journal of interpersonal violence
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K., Wik, A., Fisher, W. (2016) "The Nature and Extent of Police Use of Force in Encounters with People with Behavioral Health Disorders," International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K., Wik, A., Fisher, W.H. (2016) "The nature and extent of police use of force in encounters with people with behavioral health disorders," International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • Estienne, E., Morabito, M.S. (2016) "Understanding differences in crime reporting practices: a comparative approach," International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 40:2 pp. 123-143
  • Pattavina, A.F., Morabito, M.S., Williams, L. (2016) "Examining connections between the police and prosecution in sexual assault case processing: Does the use of exceptional clearance facilitate a downstream orientation?," Victims & Offenders 11:2 pp. 315-334
  • Pattavina, A.F., Morabito, M.S., Williams, L. (2015) "Examining Connections between the Police and Prosecution in Sexual Assault Case Processing: Does the Use of Exceptional Clearance Facilitate a Downstream Orientation?," Victims & Offenders pp. 1-19
  • Morabito, M., Shelley,T.O.,, . (2015) "Representative Bureaucracy: Understanding the Correlates of the Lagging Progress of Diversity in Policing," Race and Justice Race and Justice 5:4 pp. 330-355
  • Morabito, M.S., Wilson, A.B. (2015) "Selecting a Method of Case Identification to Estimate the Involvement of People With Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System: A Research Note," International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
  • Estienne, E., Morabito, M.S. (2015) "Understanding differences in crime reporting practices: a comparative approach," International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice pp. 1-21
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K. (2015) "Is Dangerousness a Myth? Injuries and Police Encounters with People with Mental Illnesses," Criminology & Public Policy 14:2 pp. 253
  • Morabito, M.S. (2014) "Policing Vulnerable Populations," Oxford University Press
  • Morabito, M.S. (2014) "American Police Unions: A Hindrance or Help to Innovation?," International Journal of Public Administration 37:11 pp. 773–780
  • Morabito, M.S. (2014) "POLICING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS," The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing pp. 197
  • Yu, C., Ding, W., Chen, P., Morabito, M.S. (2014) "Crime Forecasting Using Spatio-temporal Pattern with Ensemble Learning," pp. 174
  • Wang, D., Ding, W., Lo, H., Stepinski, T., Salazar, J., Morabito, M.S. (2013) "Crime hotspot mapping using the crime related factors-a spatial data mining approach," Applied Intelligence 39:4 pp. 772
  • Williams, L., Pattavina, A.F., Morabito, M.S. (2013) "A Multisite Investigation into Sexual Assault Case Outcomes: The Challenges of Understanding the Victim," Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology
  • Morabito, M.S., Watson, A., Draine, J. (2013) "Police officer acceptance of new innovation: the case of crisis intervention teams," Policing 36:2 pp. 421
  • Wang, D., Ding, W., Lo, H., Morabito, M.S., Chen, P., Salazar, J., Stepinski, T. (2013) "Understanding the spatial distribution of crime based on its related variables using geospatial discriminative patterns," Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 39: pp. 93-106
  • Morabito, M.S., Kerr, A.N., Watson, A., Draine, J., Ottati, V., Angell, B. (2012) "Crisis Intervention Teams and People With Mental Illness Exploring the Factors That Influence the Use of Force," Crime & Delinquency 58:1 pp. 57-77
  • Wang, D., Ding, W., Stepinski, T., Salazar, J., Lo, H., Morabito, M.S. (2012) "Optimization of criminal hotspots based on underlying crime controlling factors using geospatial discriminative pattern," Advanced Research in Applied Artificial Intelligence pp. 553-562
  • Mu, Y., Ding, W., Morabito, M.S., Tao, D. (2011) "Empirical discriminative tensor analysis for crime forecasting," Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management pp. 293-304
  • Dichter, M.E., Marcus, S.C., Morabito, M.S., Rhodes, K.V. (2011) "Explaining the IPV arrest decision: Incident, agency, and community factors," Criminal Justice Review 36:1 pp. 22-39
  • Shelley, T.O., Morabito, M.S., Tobin-Gurley, J. (2011) "Gendered institutions and gender roles: understanding the experiences of women in policing," Criminal Justice Studies 24:4 pp. 351-367
  • Watson, A.C., Ottati, V.C., Morabito, M.S., Draine, J., Kerr, A.N., Angell, B. (2010) "Outcomes of police contacts with persons with mental illness: The impact of CIT," Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 37:4 pp. 302-317
  • Kerr, A.N., Morabito, M.S., Watson, A.C. (2010) "Police Encounters, Mental Illness, and Injury: An Exploratory Investigation," Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations 10:1-2 pp. 116-132
  • Morabito, M.S. (2010) "Understanding community policing as an innovation: Patterns of adoption," Crime & Delinquency 56:4 pp. 564-587
  • Morabito, M.S., Draine, J., Fisher, W. (2009) "Crisis Intervention Teams and Police Diversion," Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management
  • Watson, A.C., Angell, B., Morabito, M.S., Robinson, N. (2008) "Defying negative expectations: Dimensions of fair and respectful treatment by police officers as perceived by people with mental illness," Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 35:6 pp. 449-457
  • Watson, A.C., Morabito, M.S., Draine, J., Ottati, V. (2008) "Improving police response to persons with mental illness: A multi-level conceptualization of CIT," International journal of law and psychiatry 31:4 pp. 359
  • Morabito, M.S. (2008) "The adoption of police innovation: the role of the political environment," Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 31:3 pp. 466-484
  • Morabito, M.S. (2007) "Horizons of context: understanding the police decision to arrest people with mental illness," Psychiatric services (Washington, DC) 58:12
  • Morabito, M.S. (2006) "Community well being| Investigating the police role in jurisdiction-level outcomes,"
  • Bennett, R.R., Morabito, M.S. (2006) "Determinants of constablesââ?¬â?¢ perceptions of community support in three developing nations," Police quarterly 9:2 pp. 234-265
  • Reuland, M.M., Morabito, M.S., Preston, C., Cheney, J. (2006) "Police-community partnerships to address domestic violence,"
  • Morabito, M.S., Bennett, R.R. (2006) "Socrates in the Modern Classroom: How Are Large Classes in Criminal Justice Being Taught?*," Journal of Criminal Justice Education 17:1 pp. 103-120

Presentations

  • Gender and Gendered Institutions: A Biographical Exploration of Womenês Experiences Working in Law Enforcement - American Society of Criminology annual meetings, 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • The Effects of Community Cohesion and Empowerment on Police Legitimacy - American Society of Criminology annual meetings, 2012 - Chicago, IL
  • Empirical Discriminative Tensor Analysis for Crime Forecasting - 2011 International Conference on Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management (KSEM2011), 2011 - Irvine, California
  • Crime Forecasting Using Data Mining Techniques - 4th Workshop on Data Mining Case Studies and Practice Prize, 2011 - Vancouver, Canada
  • Understanding the Relationship between Unions and the Lagging Progress of Women in Policing - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2011 - Washington D.C.
  • Police Unions: A Help or Hindrance to Innovation? - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2010 - San Francisco, CA.
  • The Measurement of Mental Illness in a Criminal Justice Context - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2009 - Philadelphia, PA.
  • Philadelphia: A Police Crisis Intervention Team Evaluation - International Association of Law and Mental Health Meetings, 2009 - New York, NY
  • Police Response to People with Mental Illness: A Comparative Approach - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • Testing a systems level intervention to improve police response to mental illness: CIT in Chicago - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • The Criminalization Hypothesis: An Historical Policy Analysis - Society for Social Work Research Meetings, 2008 - Washington D.C.
  • Policing People with Mental Illness in a Developing Nation - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2007 - Atlanta, GA
  • The Political Environment and Community Policing - American Society of Criminology Meetings, 2006 - Los Angeles, California

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Co-PI: Decision-Making in Sexual Assault Cases: Replication Research on Sexual Violence Case Attrition in the U.S.". (2012), Grant - National Institute of Justice
  • Consultant: CIT and Mental Health Service Accessibility in Police Encounters: Impact on Outcomes of Persons with SMI (2012), Grant - National Institute of Mental Health
  • Co-PI: Collaborative Data Mining Research Center (DMRC) On Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (2011), Grant - University of Massachusetts President's Office
  • PI: "Reliably predicting the location, time, and likelihood of future criminal activity in Boston (2009), Grant - National Institute of Justice
  • Co-PI: The Impact of Spatial Autocorrelation on Factors That Predict Intimate Partner Violence Decisions (2007), Grant - National Institute of Justice
  • Investigator: "Testing a Systems Level Intervention to Improve Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness (2007), Grant - National Institute of Mental Health
    Morabito, M.S. (Supporting)
  • Mental Health and Justice Grant Collaboration Program Award. Awarded to the Philadelphia Police Department by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (2007), Grant - National Institute of Mental Health
  • Decision-Making in Sexual Assault Cases: Multi-site Replication Research on Sexu (2013), Grant -
    Morabito, M.S. (Co-Principal)