Current Projects

School Climate, School Discipline, and the Implementation of School Resource Officers

Funder: National Institute of Justice

Funding amount: $370,307 (ended 12.31.2019)

Role: Principal Investigator

This project examines the relationship between implementing school resource officers and changes in (a) perceptions of school climate, and (b) school suspension rates in a single large school district. Using over ten waves of annually collected data, this project uses a difference-in-differences framework to compare changes in schools that implemented school resource officers to changes in schools that did not.

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Understanding the Adoption, Function, and Consequences of School Resource Officer Use in Understudied Settings

Funder: National Institute of Justice

Funding amount: $620,620 (ended 12.31.2019)

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

In partnership with two school districts and one law enforcement agency within a single county, this project examines the process by which school resource officers were implemented in the county, what the officers do in schools, and how they affect students and schools. This study uses a mixed methods approach to collect and analyze data from students, teachers, school administrators, parents, school resource officers, school district-level personnel, and law enforcement administrators.

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The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing

Funder: National Institute of Justice

Funding amount: $4,916,000

Role: Investigator

The goal of the NLSYSW is to create a multi-cohort longitudinal dataset addressing the interplay between schools and communities among children and youth in Nashville, TN with a particular focus on safety and well-being. The data used in this study come from school administrative records, student surveys, local law enforcement, a student-led neighborhood mapping initiative, and a variety of other sources.

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Snap! Using photovoice to understand youth violence in Louisville

Funder: University of Louisville Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Research 

Funding amount: $9,500

Role: Principal Investigator

This study investigates youths’ perceptions of the problems in their neighborhoods and the solutions that would help. Using photovoice methodology, the youth photographed salient parts of their neighborhood, wrote narratives for their photographs, and discussed them with the research team. These photographs and accompanying narratives will be used to highlight the youths’ voices in Louisville and inform policy and research more broadly.

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