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Criminal Justice Faculty - Lori Brusman-Lovins

Lori Brusman-Lovins

Assistant Professor

Office: C-330K

Curriculum Vitae

I received my B.A. in psychology in 1993, my M.S.W. in 1996, and my Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati.  Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at University of Houston-Downtown, Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work.  My area of concentration is in corrections.  My teaching interests include correctional courses, as well as sex crimes, gender and crime, juvenile justice, and theory-based courses.  My research interests include evidence-based correctional programming, program implementation, and how the criminal justice system treats specialized populations, such as juveniles, females, sex offenders and offenders with mental illness.  Prior to my current academic position, I worked for two years as the Director of Clinical Services for the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the fourth largest probation department in the country.  I was responsible for the oversight and development of clinical probation services, including an assessment unit, outpatient substance abuse counseling program, dual diagnosis and substance abuse residential programs.  In conjunction with completing my doctoral degree, I was employed as a full-time Research Associate for the University of Cincinnati Center for Criminal Justice Research and was Project Director for several state-wide research and program implementation initiatives.

I have been working in the field of corrections, in one capacity or another, for nearly 20 years.  I worked for many years as a practitioner, but also worked in academic settings conducting research studies, technical assistance, evaluations, teaching and trainings for correctional agencies.  My research interests center around how to provide effective treatment, supervision and management of justice involved individuals.  I am also interested in how those interventions must be modified for special populations such as juveniles, females, offenders with mental illness or those with more specific offending patterns such as sex offenders and domestic violence offenders.  I have published and wrote my dissertation on application of evidence based correctional practices to female offenders.  I have also conducted research on characteristics and management of sex offender populations.  My academic interests tend to center on how to assist organizations to implement research-based strategies so as to improve the outcome for the individuals served in the criminal and juvenile justice system.

​​​​University of Cincinnati                            Ph.D.                   Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati                            M.S.W.                 Social Work

University of  Cincinnati                           B.A.                      Psychology

​I have taught the following courses at UHD:  Sex Crimes, The Correctional System, Juvenile Justice, Ethics in Criminal Justice and will be teaching Women and Crime.  My goal with students is to help develop critical thinking about various aspects of the criminal justice system, and to help develop students who are prepared to work or continue studies in the field of criminal justice. 


Markarios, M., Lovins, L., Latessa, E. and Smith, P.  (2014). Staff Quality and Treatment Effectiveness: An Examination of the Relationship between Staff Factors and the Effectiveness of Correctional Programs.  Justice Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2014.924546

Brusman-Lovins, L., and Lovins, B.  (2012). Implementation of Evidence-based Practices:  A Structured Process.  Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth. Volume 12 (4) Fall 2012 (p. 87-92).  Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute Inc.  

Brusman-Lovins, L. (2010). Gendreau et al. The Theory of Effective Interventions.  In F. Cullen and P. Wilcox (eds.). Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Lovins, B. and Brusman-Lovins, L. (2009). Cognitive Behavioral Interventions: Tools for Working with Youthful Offenders.  In B. Glick, (Ed.), Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Youth, Volume II (p. 15-1 to 15-18). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute Inc.

Brusman-Lovins, L., C. Lowenkamp, P. Smith, E. Latessa.  (2007). Application of the Risk Principle to Female Offenders.  Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 24(4) 383-398.

Lowenkamp, C.T., Holsinger, A.M., Brusman-Lovins, L., Latessa, E.J. (2004).  Assessing the Inter-Rater Agreement of the Level of Service Inventory Revised.  Federal Probation 68, 34-38. 

Dunsieth, N., Nelson, E., Brusman-Lovins, L., Holcomb, J., Beckman, D., Welge, J., Roby, D. Taylor, P., Soutullo, C. & McElroy, S. (2004).  Psychiatric and legal features of 113 men convicted of sexual offenses.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 65 (3), 293-300.

Nelson E., Brusman L., Holcomb J., Soutullo C., Beckman D., Welge J., Kuppili N., McElroy S. (2000).  Divalproex sodium in sex offenders with bipolar disorders and comorbid paraphilias: an open retrospective study. Journal of Affective Disorders 64, 249-255.

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