Current Projects

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

Funder: National Institute of Justice

Funding amount: $370,307

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

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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The Structure of Safety: Photovoice in an Alternative School

Funder: University of Louisville Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Research 

Funding amount: $9,500

Role: Principal Investigator

This project focuses on a single alternative school to examine what physical components of the school make students feel more and less safe. Using photovoice methods, this study allows students to take photographs of parts of their school that are meaningful to them and discuss those photographs with the research team. The project will culminate with a public display of the photographs meant to educate local stakeholders about issues relevant to students’ perceptions of safety in the school.

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