- Associate Professor
- School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- 6001 Dodge Street, 218 CPACS
- Omaha, NE 68182-0149
EducationPh.D., Rutgers University
Professional Experience and Expertise
Zachary Hamilton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and was previously employed as a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) and at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI). He also served as director of the Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice. He has developed the STRONG-R assessment for correctional populations, the M-PACT for juvenile justice populations, as well as pretrial and prison classification assessments implemented in both state and local jurisdictions. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters and books on risk and needs assessment, evidence-based practices, and program efficacy. Hamilton was recently tapped by National Institute of Justice to create the risk assessment for the First Step Act (the PATTERN), which is part of the federal government’s, recently passed, Criminal Justice Reform. His achievements were recently recognized by the American Society of Criminology, awarding him the Distinguished New Scholar Award in 2018.