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 email@example.com.
Director Faye Taxman quoted in Stateline article
Director Faye Taxman was quoted in an April 5, 2013 Stateline article, "Ex Felons are About to Get Health Coverage."
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:
Aish Iyer is a 19 year old Sophomore studying Criminology with a concentration in Law and Society at George Mason University. She was raised in Chantilly, Virginia and graduated from Chantilly High School in 2013. Throughout high school, she was an avid participant in the Speech and Debate program, which cultivated her interest in law and crime. She is an undergraduate assistant ACE!. Her research interests include American prisons, drug/human trafficking, and prisoner mental health. She hopes to become a Guardian Ad Litem lawyer in the future after she completes her undergraduate work at GMU.
Jay Rajan is a rising senior at GMU. He is a Criminology major with a concentration in Law & Society. Jay lives in McLean, VA, attended Langley High School and graduated in 2011. His interests include playing tennis and the violin.
Lexi Schulman is a Senior at George Mason University pursuing a major in Criminology, Law & Society with a concentration in Homeland Security and a minor in Intelligence Analysis. Lexi was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, but was raised in South Windsor, Connecticut. She relocated to the area to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities the Northern Virginia region provides. Lexi seeks to acquire experience within the Criminology field to further determine her post-graduation path. Her interests are broad, ranging from criminal psychology to terrorism. Lexi looks forward to the time she will be spending as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for ACE! and hopes to gain insight into the entire process included in research.
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.