Congratulations on this important, and well-read, work!
Congratulations to Jill Viglione and Brandy Blasko!
Jill accepted an Assistant Professor position (tenure track) at University of Texas San Antonio and Brandy took an Assistant Professor position (tenure track) at Sam Houston University.
Recent ACE! Awards
Graduate Research Assistant Jill Viglione received two competitive and prestigious awards. Viglione received an NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (dissertation grant) for her dissertation project titled: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-Level Decision Making and Historical Influences Related to Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation. Additionally, she received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for this project as well. Congratulations to Jill on these two huge accomplishments!
Deputy Director Danielle Rudes received an award from NIJ titled Implementing, Disseminating and Translating Evidence-Based Policy/Practice in Community Corrections. The research will determine how community corrections managers and staff: 1) define EBPs; 2) seek/gather information regarding EBPs, 3) understand EBPs and their role in their agency, and 4) adapt/adopt EBPs to fit within existing agency policies and practices. Congratulations, Dr. Rudes!
Research Associate Jennifer Lerch received a travel award for the AHSR (Addiction Health Services Research) conference in October from NIDA. Lerch will present What Predicts Continued Substance Use among Probationers at the conference later this month. Go JEN!!!!
Community Discussion: Alleviating the Collateral Damages of Arrest & Conviction
Thursday, September 18, 2014
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – designed for practitioners 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – designed for the general public
George Mason University, Arlington Campus
3301 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
SOARING2 & The RNR Simulation Tool (Technical Assistance Training, August 2014)
Are you a Technical Assistance provider? Are you a web-savvy go-getter who is interested in working with jurisdictions to increase their use of EBPs?! Then we have just the thing for you!
The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University is currently seeking individuals interested in becoming technical assistance providers for SOARING 2 and the RNR Simulation Tool.
Post-Doc Brandy Blasko Accepted into NAHDAP Summer Workshop
ACE! Post-Doc, Brandy Blasko also has some exciting news. She was recently accepted into the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program’s (NAHDAP) summer workshop “The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse Research,” held from July 28–30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The ICPSR is an international association consisting of over 700 academic institutions with the goal of expanding research. ICPSR sponsors research and educational activities in addition to maintaining a growing data archive of more than 500,000 files. The workshop includes analyzing longitudinal data of 1,354 juvenile offenders and their substance abuse behaviors. Dr. Blasko will use the Pathways Desistance Data to examine the intersection between substance use and sexual behaviors over the life course. Congrats, Brandy!
GRA Jill Viglione Awarded NSF Dissertation Funding
Jill received word twas awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project: Bridging the Research/Practice Gap: Street-Level Decision Making and Historical Influences related to Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation. This is a very competitive and prestigious award. ACE! is so proud of Jill’s accomplishment!
Dr. Faye Taxman participates in International Women's Day campaign for 2014
ACE!'s Dr. Faye Taxman participated inthis year’s International Women’s Day; celebrated annually on March 8. The day is set aside to “celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action."
Click here (and scroll to the bottom) to read Dr. Taxman's interview.
Correctional Staff and Inspiration Leadership
Dr. Faye Taxman and colleagues are discussed in the Huffington Post article titled "Inspirational Leadership Turns Employee Cynicism Around, Study Finds."
Faye Taxman became Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Health & Justice by SpringerOpen
ACE! Director, Faye Taxman, is now the Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Health & Justice by SpringerOpen.
For more information about this journal, please click here.
Advanced Qualitative Methods Training for CJDATS
Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! Deputy Director Danielle Rudes and Graduate Research Assistant Jill Viglione hosted a qualitative analysis workshop Thursday, June 15th from 10 am – 3 pm. This workshop covered advanced techniques used to analyze data and how to write qualitative research studies. The training was held in the GMU TV studio in Innovation Hall, 4th floor and was recorded.
If you are interested in seeing the workshop's video recording, please contact Dr. Rudes directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the Center
Collaborative and creative research to advance evidence-based practices
ACE! conducts collaborative and creative research to assist policy makers and correctional practitioners with using evidence-based practices and treatments. We work with our partners in crafting new policies focused on preventing criminal behavior instead of simply responding to it.
VIDEO: In November 2011, Dr. Faye Taxman spoke with VERA Institute of Justice director, Michael Jacobson, about how US corrections systems can adopt practices to help reduce recidivism - a shift that will require substantive and cultural changes.
Interested in Graduate School at GMU?
Here are a few research opportunities for our students. Explore, consider, and discuss exciting research to advance the field of crime and health policies!
Spotlight: ACE! Welcomes Undergraduate Research Assistants
Working within the framework of George Mason's Students as Scholars Initiative, ACE! hires several Undergraduate Research Assistant positions each semester and over the summer. These positions provide students with insight to life in graduate school, opportunities to work with faculty, and first-hand experience at scholarship inquiry and development within an active criminal justice research center. Undergraduate Research Assistants participate in ACE! orientation and project-specific training and are assigned a graduate student mentor for the duration of their research assistantship. Students are given weekly task lists that outline their project-related duties so as to provide a simple structure to follow. To find out more about this program, please see page 11 of ACE!'s March 2012 publication of Advancing Practice. ACE! is pleased to welcome the following Undergraduate Research Assistants:
Kelly Snarr is a Junior at George Mason University majoring in Criminology with a concentration in Homeland Security and minors in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Intelligence Analysis. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, but came to GMU in order to be closer to DC and the vast opportunities the city provides. Kelly is an undergraduate research assistant with ACE!’s Project STRIDE2, although her interests in the criminal justice field range from prisons to community building. She hopes to gain skills and experience through ACE! that will help propel her towards a career path.
Rachel Hendrix is a sophomore Government and International Politics major at George Mason University. She is from Walnutport, Pennsylvania, and she has decided to come to this area to take advantage of the many opportunities that the Washington, D.C. area has to offer. Rachel has always held an interest in Criminology and Law, and she hopes to gain wide-ranging experience from her time at ACE!. She hopes to use this experience to better prepare herself for law school in the future. In Rachel's spare time she likes to run and travel as much as possible.
Nicole Taylor is a senior at GMU, studying Criminology with minors in Intelligence Analysis and Russian. She is a 2011 grad from Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Nicole is interested in Criminology at all levels, having conducted individual research with inmates at a local jail, to pursuing federal positions. She will graduate from Mason in May 2015 and plans to stay in northern Virginia to remain close to DC.
SOARING2 ACE! is working with Ralph Serin of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on a new project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In this study, we are developing tools to assist correctional agencies in translating research into practice and to train agencies in evidence-based practices.
Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) A project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, where we are working to develop a RNR Simulation Tool to assist agencies to use the risk-need-responsivity approach in practice through defining the type and nature of correctional options available in their jurisdictions.
MAPIT MAPIT examines the impact that In-Person Motivational Interviewing (MI) versus a Motivational Computer Program (MC) has on probationers outcomes with court determined drug and alcohol conditions as compared to standard probation.
ACE! Director Dr. Faye Taxman is a methodologist specializing in randomized trials and interventions for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She is recognized for her work in the development of the seamless systems of care models that link the criminal justice with other service delivery systems. Faye is a leader in translational research and has developed numerous tools that advance the field.
ACE! Deputy Director Dr. Daniell Rudes' research falls at the nexus of organizational theory and socio-legal studies where she is broadly interested in understanding how street-level workers negotiate organizational change and the impact their decisions have upon policy and practice. Danielle is involved in qualitative fieldwork and data collection examining various aspects of organizational change among police in Trinidad, among Federal Drug Court work-groups, and with correctional officers in Maryland.