Faculty and Staff

About the Director

Robert G. Morris, Ph.D.
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Robert Morris holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and is currently Associate Professor of Criminology (with tenure) at the University of Texas at Dallas and serves on the Dallas County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB).

Morris' research surrounds contemporary issues in criminality and criminal justice. He specializes in quantitative research methods, recidivism research, life course criminology, cybercrime, delinquency, among other areas and serves as a senior research scientist for the Center of Crime and Justice Studies

His work has been published in many top-tier scholarly journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Behavior and the Journal of Criminal Justice.

In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2012, one of his research studies was awarded the William L. Simon/Anderson Publishing Best Paper Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

Select Publications

Morris, Robert G., and Alex Piquero
In Press For whom do sanctions deter and label? Justice Quarterly (doi: 10.1080/07418825.2011.633543)

Morris, Robert G., and John L. Worrall
In Press Prison architecture and institutional misconduct. Crime and Delinquency (doi: 10.1177/0011128710386204)

Orrick, Erin A., and Robert G. Morris
In Press Do technical violators pose a public safety threat? The case of inmate misconduct. Crime and Delinquency

Weir, H., Daniel M. Stewart, and Robert G. Morris
2012 Problematic alcohol consumption by police officers and other protective service employees. Journal of Criminal Justices 40: 72-82.

Diamond, B., Robert G. Morris, and Jonathan Caudill
2011 Sustaining families, dissuading crime: The effectiveness of a family preservation program. Journal of Criminal Justices 39: 338-343.

Research Associates

Amanda Russell, M.S.
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Amanda Russell-Kaplan earned her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2006, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant. Upon graduating, she returned to California to work as a crime analyst for Santa Maria Police Department.

Amanda is currently a fourth year Criminology doctoral student. Her research interests include police administration and behavior, criminal justice policy, and program evaluation.

Research Affiliates

Jennifer Reingle, Ph.D.
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Jennifer Reingle (Ph.D., Epidemiology - University of Florida, 2011) is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences. She studies the etiology of violence and aggression, intimate partner violence, and explaining health disparities in violence and victimization.

She has been actively involved in the development of epidemiological criminology, which is being created to examine crime through a public health lens. She has also been actively involved in a research project to evaluate differential alcohol use and associated behavioral and health outcomes among Mexican Americans living at the US-Mexico border.

Select Publications

Reingle, J. M., Jennings, W. G., Connell, N., Businelle, M., & Chartier, K. (in press). On the pervasiveness of event-specific alcohol use, general substance use, and mental health diagnoses as risk factors for intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Reingle, J. M., Jennings, W. G., & Komro, K. A. (in press). A case-control study of risk and protective factors for incarceration among urban youth. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Cottler, L. B., O’Leary, C. C., Nickel, K. B., Reingle, J. M., & Isom, D. W. (2013). Breaking the blue wall of silence: Risk factors for experiencing police sexual misconduct among female offenders. American Journal of Public Health, 38(4), 520-534.

Reingle, J. M., Jennings, W. G., Maume, M. O., & Komro, K. A. (in press). The substance-related etiology of teen dating violence victimization: Does gender matter? Women & Criminal Justice.

Reingle, J. M., Striley, C. W., Small, E., Crecelius, R., O’Leary, C. C., & Cottler, L. B. (in press). Can courtroom behavior predict recidivism? An assessment of the court behavior check list for women presenting in drug court. American Journal of Criminal Justice.