Name: Robert Apel, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor and Ph.D. Director School of Criminal Justice
About Dr. Apel: Robert Apel’s research expertise lies at the intersection of the labor market, crime control policy, and the life course.
Email: robert.apel at(@) rutgers.edu
Name: Felesia Bowen PhD, RN APN-BC
Title: Director, Center for Urban Youth and Families and Assistant Professor
About Dr. Bowen: Dr. Felesia Bowen is the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing and the Director, Center for Urban Youth and Families at Rutgers University School of Nursing http://nursing.rutgers.edu/cuyf/index.html . She studies health inequity issues in urban youth. Presently she is the primary investigator of a youth violence prevention program in the city of Newark. Dr. Bowen is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Children’s Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Health.
Email: fbowen at(@) rutgers.edu
Name: Joel Caplan, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor, Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice
About Dr. Caplan: Joel M. Caplan is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed risk terrain modeling. His research focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns.
Email: jcaplan at(@) rutgers.edu
Name: Leslie W. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Tittle: University Professor of Criminal Justice Director, Rutgers Center on Public Security
About Dr. Kennedy: Leslie W. Kennedy (PhD University of Toronto) is currently University Professor at Rutgers University. He teaches graduate-level courses at the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and is a core faculty member in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security.
Dr. Kennedy’s current research in public security builds upon his previous work in event analysis, assessing the social contexts in which dangers in society are identified and deterred. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and over 70 research articles and chapters. He has published in major journals in criminology and criminal justice, including *Criminology*, *Justice Quarterly*, and *Journal of Quantitative Criminology*.
In his most recent research, he extends his interest in risk assessment, focusing on crime mapping and the development (with Joel Caplan) of risk terrain modeling (RTM) for use by police in preventing crime. RTM is currently adopted by scores of police agencies around the world to help them forecast crime occurrences and respond through problem solving designed to address local issues. With Joel Caplan and Eric Piza, he is involved in two major federally funded research projects implementing and evaluating RTM practice in 7 different cities in the US. The RTM research has received awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Rutgers Newark Chancellor’s office, and the International Association of Crime Analysts.
Email: kennedy at(@) andromeda.rutgers.edu
Name: Gerard A. LaMorte III, Psy.D., LPC
Title: Teaching Instructor and Undergraduate Coordinator – Department of Psychology
About Dr. LaMorte: Dr. Gerard LaMorte of the psychology department at Rutgers University – Newark has a background in clinical psychology and is also a practicing licensed professional counselor. He instructs the clinically-oriented courses which include Abnormal, Fieldwork, Intro to Clinical, & Principles 102. He wholeheartedly believes in a model of
treatment and rehabilitation versus punishment and incarceration for the transgressions of our troubled youth. He believes mistakes provide us opportunities for growth and can be learned from. Dr. LaMorte states, “we are all flawed, imperfect human beings, and not one of us is exempt from error. We, therefore, must extend helping hands of guidance and support instead of feeding a system that is unfairly rigged against our beloved minority populations”.
Email: glamorte at(@) rutgers.edu
Name: Teri E. Lassiter, PhD, MPH
Title: Assistant Professor and Graduate Practicum Director
About Dr. Lassiter: Teri E. Lassiter, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Practicum Director at the Rutgers School of Public Health – Newark, Campus. She had been a member of the Newark Community Collaborative Board since 2010, and sits on the Theoretical Sub-Committee. Her research focuses on prisoner reentry and violence prevention in the City of Newark, NJ. Her teaching interests include health disparities, violence in the United States, and public policy. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in English from Northeastern University, and her Master of Public (Urban Health Administration) and doctoral (Urban Health) degrees from Rutgers University.
Email: lassiter at(@) sph.rutgers.edu
Name: Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
About Dr. LoBue: Dr. LoBue studies emotional development in infants, children, and adults. Her research focuses on how early attention to negative or threatening stimuli might facilitate the development of fear and anxiety, and on the cognitive, environmental, and temperamental factors that contribute to the development of avoidance or fearful behaviors.
Email: vlobue at(@) psychology.rutgers.edu
Name: Professor Randi Mandelbaum
Title: Clinical Professor of Law, Annamay Sheppard Clinical Scholar, and Director, Child Advocacy Clinic
About Professor Mandelbaum: Professor Mandelbaum is the founding director of the Rutgers Child Advocacy Clinic ,an interdisciplinary and collaborative clinical program aimed at comprehensively addressing the needs of low-income children and their families. The clinic specializes in cases, projects, ad community education efforts that focus on the needs of youth aging out of foster care, immigrant youth, and low-income youth with disabilities. Professor Mandelbaum has written extensively about the legal representation of children, the rights of siblings to maintain their relationship post adoption, and various public policies concerning child welfare.
Email: rmandelbaum at(@) kinoy.rutgers.edu
Name: Andres F. Rengifo, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
About Dr. Rengifo: Dr. Rengifo received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center – John Jay College in 2007. His research focuses primarily on the macro-level intersection between sentencing policies and imprisonment. He also studies social networks, and urban crime and disorder. Dr. Rengifo’s current areas of interest include the study of corrections’ policy and innovation at the state and local levels, the evolution of co-offending networks over time and space, and comparative work on issues of public safety and crime control in Latin America (Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Chile, Jamaica).
Dr. Rengifo is also a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management).
Email: arengifo at (@) andromeda.rutgers.edu
Name: Luis M. Rivera, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
About Dr. Rivera: Dr. Rivera is an experimental social psychologist. His research examines the implicit social cognitive processes that underlie the expression of stigma, and how such attitudes affect stigmatized individuals’ self and identity, and health.
Email: luis at(@) psychology.rutgers.edu
Name: Bonita Veysey, Ph.D.
Title: Vice Chancellor and Professor of Criminal Justice
About Dr. Veysey:
Email: veysey at(@) andromeda.rutgers.edu
Name: Sarah Wakefield, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
About Dr. Wakefield:
Email: sara.wakefield at(@) rutgers.edu