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Dr. Krista S. Gehring

Dr. Krista S. Gehring

Dr. Krista S. Gehring

Associate ProfessorCriminal Justice


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.

Degrees Earned

University of Cincinnati Ph.D. Criminal Justice 2011

Northeastern University M.S. Criminal Justice 2003

University of Colorado-Boulder B.A. English 1998

Courses Taught

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

Experience Qualifications


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.

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Professional Affiliations

American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences