Gaylene Armstrong, PhD, is Director and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is an expert in institutional and community corrections with a specific focus on program and policy evaluation. Her research has extended to numerous at-risk populations including youth, female, and sex offend populations. Armstrong has consulted with the National Institute of Corrections, the National Institute of Justice, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Iowa Community Corrections Improvement Association and most recently agencies and community organizations throughout the greater Nebraska area. She was recognized as one of the Most Prolific Female Scholars in Elite Criminology and Criminal Justice Journals and Top 20 Female “Academic Stars” in Criminology by the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She has published in several academic journals, and is the author of the book Private vs. Public Operation: Juvenile Correctional Facilities. Armstrong is the first ASC DCS member to be awarded both the Distinguished New Scholar Award and the Distinguished Scholar Award.
Armstrong received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, and B.A.(Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
Criminal justice program and policy evaluation, community corrections, institutional corrections.
Awards and Honors
Distinguished Scholar Award, Scholarship/Research - 2018
Ph D, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, Maryland, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2000
Armstrong, Gaylene, Cain, Calli, Wylie Larson, Lindsey, Bouffard, Leana , Muftic, Lisa. 2018. Risk factor profile of youth incarcerated for child to parent violence: A nationally representative sample, Journal of Criminal Justice.
Atkin-Plunk, Cassandra, Armstrong, Gaylene. 2018. The mediating influence of preincarceration social bonds on prison visitation, Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Mitchell, Meghan, Armstrong, Gaylene, Armstrong, Todd. 2018. Disproportionate school disciplinary responses: An exploration of prisonization and minority threat hypothesis among black, Hispanic and Native American students, Criminal Justice Policy Review.
Lane, Jodi, Armstrong, Gaylene, Fox, Kate. 2018. Fear of victimization among incarcerated gang and non-gang youths: Examining the effects of institutional "neighborhood" characteristics, Youth and Society.
Armstrong, Gaylene, Muftic, Lisa, Bouffard, Leana. 2018. Factors influencing law enforcement responses to child to parent violence, J. Interpersonal Violence.
Externally Funded Research
Outcomes for Youth in DCYC - present
Interactionist Org Recruiting Study, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - via subcontract to University of Southern California, Universities, 09/29/2017 - 01/31/2019
DOP: Drug-Use Behaviors, State Agencies, 04/01/2019 - 08/31/2019
Department, College, and University
Chancellor's Transition Team, Committee Member, 06/01/2017 - 06/30/2017
College Diversity Committee, Committee Member, Member of CPACS diversity committee that works to support and enhance to increase equity, inclusion and diversity among our students, faculty and staff in CPACS., 08/01/2016 - 08/31/2016
UNO Digital Learning Directors, Committee Member, 08/15/2017 - present
CPACS Executive Committee, Committee Member, Standing meeting of CPACS Chairs and Directors, 07/01/2016 - present
American Society of Criminology Herbert Bloch Award Committee, Committee Member, The Committee is responsible for making a nomination to the Board for the Award. The Committee shall provide the Board with a list of those nominated (in order of merit) along with a single nominee for the award. It must include with its nomination, a statement identifying the main reasons for its recommendations. The Committee may request nominators to submit the nominee's resume and a brief statement as to why the candidate should receive the award., 11/18/2017 - present
ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing Handbook Editorial Board, Editorial Review Board Member, Participate in development and oversight of ASC DCS Handbook series, 11/17/2016 - present
Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Officer, President/Elect/Past, 11/01/2016 - 11/30/2016
American Society of Criminology, Officer, Other Officer, 11/01/2016 - 11/30/2016
Crime and Justice Research Alliance, 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016
Heartland Crisis Intervention Team , Board Member, 01/01/2019 - present
First Responder's Foundation Well-Being and Ready Committee, Committee Member, 11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018
Department Chairperson, 07/01/2016
EducationPh.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
Adult and Juvenile Corrections