Current Ph.D. Students

Julie Mestre Brancale is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant for the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research. She was the Managing Editor of Criminology & Public Policy from 2009-2013. Julie’s research interests include criminal justice policy evaluation, the influence of public opinion on the policy-making process and the application of criminological research findings to criminal justice policy and practice. She is also interested in understanding the influence of juvenile arrests on future delinquency and school-based performance.

Miltonette Craig has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, summa cum laude, from Spelman College, a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. She is a graduate assistant working with Dr. Ashley T. Rubin, and is a recipient of the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include collateral consequences of conviction/incarceration, the death penalty, intimate partner violence, prisoner reentry, and the victim-offender overlap.

Mark A. Greenwald, M.S. joined the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in 2002 and is currently the Director of Research and Planning.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University in 1999 and a Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2001.  In 2008, he received the Distinguished Alumni of the Colleges award from Florida Atlantic University.  As a doctoral student, his research interests have focused primarily on delinquency, crime in schools and advancing public policy through research.   His research has appeared in such journals as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Behavior, The Journal of Criminal Justice, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and  Social Work with Groups.

Jennifer Holmes’ main areas of interdisciplinary research interests include victims of violent crimes, the public policy application of criminal justice research, early intervention and prevention research, procedural justice, and curriculum design.  During the 2014/2015 academic year, she will be working with the Violence Against Women research projects through the Research Assistantship Program at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, DC. Jennifer is also conducting mixed methods research ultimately intended to facilitate the development of effective intervention programs and policies for victims of violence. She holds an MSW (FSU, 2012), an M.S. in Criminology (FSU 2012), a B.A. in Middle Grades Education with Concentrations in Science and Mathematics (UNC-Charlotte, 2006), and has taken graduate level quantitative methods courses within the College of Education.

Cresean Hughes holds a B.S. in Forensic Science with an emphasis in Administration of Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. in Criminology from Florida State University. His research interests include crime context, criminological theory, neighborhoods and crime, race and crime, and schools and delinquency. His dissertation explores the effects of racial threat on the punitive outcomes of a sample of high school students in the state of Florida.

Roshni Ladny holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in psychology, an M.S. in clinical psychology, and an M.S. in criminology. Before attending the doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice, Roshni worked as a mental health therapist in a community counseling center with youth involved in the criminal justice system, victims of violence, and clients with substance abuse treatment needs. Her current research interests include biopsych-social factors of violence, family violence pathways, procedural justice, and methods of offender treatment. She currently works with her major professor Dr. William Bales on several projects related to youth victimization and offending.

Peter Lehmann completed his undergraduate degree in sociology from Furman University in 2013. As a PhD student, he is interested in social control, sentencing, labeling effects, and policing. Peter is currently working on research projects in a variety of areas, including age and sentencing, political threat, and self-control.

Javier Ramos holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include race and crime, neighborhoods and crime, and social control.

Katherine Ray received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (focus in social psychology) and Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Katehrine’s research interests include jury decision making, police procedures, and sentencing disparities, with a focus on stereotypes, gender roles, and disparities in criminal justice procedures.

Samuel Scaggs, M.S., studies aging and criminal behavior, correctional system management and processing of elderly inmate populations, criminal justice policy, and sentencing.

Matthew Woessner received a B.A. in 2012 from the University of West Florida in Political Science and a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration in 2012 from Loyola University. His research interests include sociodemographics of crime, temporal and spatial elements of crime, criminological theory, racial threat, neighborhoods and crime, fear of crime, and perceptions of crime.

Tracey Woodard has a B.S. in Telecommunications Management from Syracuse University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from University of North Florida where she has taught as an adjunct professor. She is a graduate assistant working with Dr. George Pesta at the Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research.  Her research interests include capital punishment, family violence, life course, and conducting research to use as a basis for establishing effective and appropriate education and criminal justice policies.

Heather Zurburg works in the Institute for the Prevention of Financial Fraud and teaches a course on White Collar Crime. Among her research interests are white collar crimes and financial crimes.