EPPS Faculty Spotlight

Nadine M. Connell
Assistant Professor of Criminology

Dr. Nadine M. Connell, assistant professor of criminology, focuses her research on improving positive outcomes for youth, specifically in areas related to decreasing juvenile delinquency, understanding school violence, and innovation in substance use prevention. Her work has been published in several academic journals and her research on ways to improve outcomes for bullies and their victims was recently featured in USA Today.

Dr. Connell was also recently awarded an $80,000 grant from the Office of the Governor to help improve the academic achievement in middle school students in east Dallas. As a result of this grant, she will hire two graduate students to help implement a new decision-making workshop aimed at improving school attendance, decreasing truancy, and preventing drug and alcohol use among 6th and 7th graders.

She is also publishing the results of a five-year evaluation of bullying prevention programming in thirty schools in New Jersey, focusing specifically on how gender and race influence bullying and victimization experiences. As a result of her research endeavors to date, she has begun collaborating with colleagues in the Netherlands on ways to improve mentoring access to youth living in high-risk communities around the world and beginning to examine how international police departments approach issues related to delinquency and youth crime.