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Criminal and Social Justice Research Lab - Faculty

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Krista S. Gehring


Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Director of the Criminal and Social Justice Research Lab
Office: C-340K
713-221-8483
gehringk@uhd.edu

Dr. Gehring's primary research interests include women offenders, gender-responsive policies, practices, and programs, criminological theory, correctional rehabilitation, risk/needs assessment and classification, and pretrial risk/needs. A priority for her research endeavors is bridging the gap between the academic and practitioner by producing high quality research that has direct criminal justice policy implications.

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Ashley Blackburn


Department Chair & Professor, Criminal Justice
Office: C-340M
713-222-5326
blackburna@uhd.edu

Dr. Ashley Blackburn is a Professor of Criminal Justice and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. Dr. Blackburn earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University (2006). Her research focuses most often on the areas and intersection of gender, victimization, and corrections. She has conducted evaluations of correctional policies, procedures, and programming, particularly those related to Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) implementation, specialty court effectiveness, and a diversion program for community members in mental health crisis. Her work has been published in Feminist Criminology, Women and Criminal Justice, Prison Journal, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Journal of Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior and Journal of Interpersonal Violence, among other refereed journals. She has also co-authored/co-edited texts on research methods, victims' rights, prisons, and andragogy and has co-authored numerous technical reports based on research conducted for grants/contracts with community partners.

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Elizabeth Gilmore


Assistant Professor & Internship/Field Experience Coordinator and Career Advisor, Criminal Justice
Office: C-330L
713-221-2757
gilmoree@uhd.edu

Dr. Gilmore's primary research interests include criminal investigations, sex crimes, corrections, methods and statistics, victimology, introduction to Criminal Justice, and homicide/violent crimes.

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Angela M. Goins


Lecturer of Social Work
Office: C-345
713-221-8109
goinsa@uhd.edu

Dr. Goins' primary research interests include gerontological studies, state government protective services with adults and individuals with disabilities, exploitation with elder adults, Elder Abuse, home health medical social work and case management

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Heather Honore Goltz


Associate Professor, Social Work
Office: C-345
713-221-8602
goltzh@uhd.edu

Dr. Goltz is a licensed master social worker and doctoral-level health educator with over a decade of experience developing and implementing clinical interventions to improve quality of life and health outcomes of patients and caregivers impacted by complex medical and behavioral health conditions.

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Jace Valcore


Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Office: C-330J
713-221-8133
valcorej@uhd.edu

Dr. Valcore primary research interests include public policy, criminal law, social justice, and the criminal legal system with a specifically queer lens focused on the experiences, needs, and elevation of the LGBTQ community. His recent and current research focuses on trans issues in the field of criminal justice, LGBTQ police officers, political hate speech, and the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL.

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Fei Yang


Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Office: C-330P
713-221-8492
yangf@uhd.edu

Dr. Fei Yang holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Yang’s research focuses on the institution and practices of American law enforcement, with a special emphasis on race relations as manifested in policing. Her scholarly work covers a wide range of topics within the field of policing, including the history of American policing, modern-day policing, crime prevention strategies and their underpinning philosophies, policing innovations and technologies, policies and reforms, police-community relations, as well as surveillance and social control. Dr. Yang has extensive experience working with police officers and her research has been very well received both within the law enforcement community and the community at large. Prior to joining UHD, Dr. Yang has taught at three institutions in two other states, including State University of New York at Albany, California State University at Fullerton, and the University of California, Irvine.

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