Faculty & Staff.
Welcome to the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research (CCJR) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. CCJR began in 2002 as the Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) which was established to serve as the research arm for Nebraska's juvenile justice system. In response to the need for more comprehensive criminal justice research, CCJR was established in August 2009 and CCJR became a research unit within the Consortium.
Ryan Spohn, Director
Ryan is the Director of the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research. He received his B.S. in Sociology/Criminology from Kansas State University (1996), M.S. in Sociology from Texas A&M University (1998), and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Iowa (2003).
His areas of research include juvenile delinquency, crime, families, child maltreatment, and the evaluation of criminal justice agencies and programs. Vita »
Laura Schoenrock, Program Coordinator
Laura has been a Program Coordinator for the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research since April 2011. Currently Laura is coordinating the development of a re-entry program for imprisoned individuals in the state of Nebraska. She is a graduate of the UNO Masters in Public Administration Program and holds a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication studies from the University of Northern Iowa.
Sommer Fousek, Program Coordinator
Sommer is a Program Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research. She spends most of her time on the Lincoln campus, assisting with the implementation of grant-funded projects. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and International Affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, hiking and playing volleyball.
Cheryl Christiansen, Staff Associate
Cheryl works as a Staff Associate for the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research and the Juvenile Justice Institute. She tracks the department's budgets and supports the directors and coordinators with their various administrative needs. Prior to joining CCJR/JJI, she worked in the Biology department. She also worked in the dean's office in the College of IS & T, starting there in 2008. Cheryl earned an associate's degree while raising her boys and volunteering at their schools and her church.