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Laurie Becker

Laurie Becker
Laurie Becker Doctoral Student, Doctoral Research and Teaching Assistant

Research Interests

Policing, violent crime, the intersection between policing and public health, substance use disorder and opioid overdose, substance abuse treatment, and corrections


M.S., Criminal Justice, Roger Williams University
B.A., Criminology, Stonehill College


Laurie Becker joined the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the fall of 2020. Laurie is currently working on campus as a Teaching Assistant for data analysis courses at the undergraduate level as well as a Research Assistant on a variety of projects related to policing, offenders with mental illness, and sex offense prevention. In addition, she continues to serve as a Grants Project Specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, where she works to coordinate the State’s Justice Reinvestment grant. 
Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Laurie completed her Master’s coursework at Roger Williams University, where she focused on policing and its intersection with public health. During her time at RWU, she was able to serve as a Research Assistant on projects related to policing the opioid epidemic. In terms of her own research, Laurie completed her thesis on police perceptions of overdose outreach programs. 
Additionally, while obtaining her Bachelor’s, Laurie spent a substantial amount of time interning in various sectors of the criminal justice system, including local and state police departments, courts, and District Attorney’s offices. It was from these experiences that Laurie first learned her passion was within research.