Inter-System Research Collaborations
Faculty and students within the School are actively involved in a number of collaborative research efforts that have been formed within the University of Nebraska system. These collaborations, some of which are listed below, pool the research skills and expertise of the School’s faculty with those from faculty members in other academic units. The product is innovative research projects that are designed to answer important questions and provide opportunities for our students.
Genes, Environment, and Behavior
Assistant Professor Joseph Schwartz and several graduate students are collaborating with faculty affiliates with the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior that is located on the Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska system. The interdisciplinary research team is seeking to understand the effect that certain genotypes have on an individual’s propensity for antisocial and other problem behaviors (e.g., alcohol use). The team is collecting survey and genetic data to examine whether genotypes have direct effect on problem behaviors, and/or whether the effects of genotypes are mediated or moderated by other social or psychological processes (e.g., impulsivity, trauma).
Political Violence, Technology, and Leadership
SCCJ faculty and several students are collaborating with faculty affiliates with the Center for Collaboration Science that is located within the College of Information Science and Technology on the Omaha campus of the University of Nebraska system. Among other topics, the interdisciplinary research team is assessing the intersection between cyber sophistication and the utilization of weapons of mass destruction among a sample of international ideological organizations.
Juvenile Justice in Rural Areas
Anne Hobbs, director of the Juvenile Justice Institute, is collaborating with faculty from the Kearney campus of the University of Nebraska system to understand and improve the administration of justice in rural counties in Nebraska. Some of the topics being examined are the efficacy of mentoring for juveniles re-entering communities and the implementation of evidence-based practices. The projects are supported by the Rural Futures Institute.
Nebraska Center for Justice Research
The School also houses the newly created Nebraska Center for Justice Research. The multidisciplinary center is directed by Ryan Spohn, Ph.D., and has affiliated faculty from each of the University of Nebraska’s four campuses. The goals of the Center are to develop and sustain research capacity internal to the State of Nebraska, assist the Legislature in research, evaluation, and policymaking to reduce recidivism, promote the use of evidence-based practices in corrections, and improve public safety.
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