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Criminal Justice Faculty - Krista S. Gehring

Krista S. Gehring

Associate Professor

Office: C-340K

Curriculum Vitae

Krista S. Gehring, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. When she was at UC, she worked on the Women's Risk/Needs Assessment Project and travelled the country training correctional personnel how to use this assessment tool. 

Her 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.

​University of Cincinnati                        Ph.D. Criminal Justice               2011

Northeastern University                        M.S. Criminal Justice               2003

University of Colorado-Boulder            B.A. English                              1998

​Crime, Law, and Society

The Correctional System

Research Methods in CJ


Crime and Delinquency

Community-Based Corrections

Evidence-Based Corrections

Women and the Criminal Justice System

Issues in Criminal Justice

Advanced Criminology

Correctional Programming

Theory and Philosophy of Punishment

Criminal Justice Project

Thesis I & II


Gehring, K., & Vaske, J. (2015). Out in the open: The impact of intimate partner violence on same-sex and opposite sex victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Newsome, J., Vaske, J., Gehring, K., & Boisvert, D. (2015). Sex differences in sources of resilience and vulnerability to risk for delinquency. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Gehring, K. (under review). A direct test of Pathways Theory. Feminist Criminology.

Gehring, K., & Van Voorhis, P. (2014). Needs and pretrial failure: Additional risk   factors for female and male pretrial defendants. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 41(8),     943-968. 

Vaske, J. & Gehring, K. (2010). Mechanisms linking depression to criminal behavior.
 Feminist Criminology, 5, 8-28

Gehring, K. (2015). Technical Assistance Report for Travis County Correctional Complex. Silver Spring, MD: National Resource Center for Justice Involved Women.

Ramirez, R., Gehring, K., Still, M.E. (June 2015). Implementing Gender-Informed Strategies at the Pretrial Stage: Research to Practice. Webinar conducted for the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women.

Ney, B., & Gehring, K. (April 2015). Managing Women in Jail Settings: Applying the Research on Gender-Responsiveness. Presented at the American Jail Association annual conference in Charlotte, NC.

​Professional Affiliations

American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

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