Dr. Sarah Manchak, PhD.

Sarah M. Manchak is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychopathology with a concentration in psychology and the law from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Prior to that, she earned her MA in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Manchak's research seeks to inform policy and interventions for offenders and individuals with serious mental illness or addiction. In her work, she has explored such topics as specialty mental health probation; client-therapist relationships in mandated treatment; communication and collaboration between probation and mental health and addiction services agencies; self-perceptions of violence and self-harm risk; implementation of the RNR model in correctional treatment and community corrections settings; reliability and predictive validity in risk assessment; and exposure to and impact of stress and traumatic experiences among practitioners working in correctional settings. She currently is working on projects that seek to inform efforts to improve outcomes for individuals with opioid addiction and better understand the role of mental illness and addiction on community supervision failure.

Dr. Manchak teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is the coordinator of the undergraduate research program, runs the faculty-led study abroad program in Scotland, and is the academic advisor for the undergraduate/university chapters of the Ohio Innocence Project, College Mentors for Kids, and the American Correctional Association.

Doctoral Students
Alison Farringer

Alison Farringer is a doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Her research seeks to improve management and treatment for individuals with mental illnesses and addiction issues supervised in community corrections systems. She is actively working on projects exploring program and policy implementation and fidelity, factors that influence outcomes for probationers with mental illnesses, and the nature of inter-agency collaborations in community corrections. Her dissertation is evaluating the implementation of a new large-scale data collection and reporting policy for specialty courts in the state of Ohio. She received her master�s degree in Forensic Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Previously, she earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in a variety of clinical and correctional contexts, including residential and outpatient drug treatment programs, halfway houses, as well as children�s and forensic psychiatric hospitals.

Relevant Recent Publications:

Farringer, A., *Duriez, S., Manchak, S. M., & Sullivan, C. C. (2019). Adherence to "what works": Examining trends across 14 years of correctional program assessment. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Manchak, S. M., Farringer, A., Anderson, V. R., & Campbell, C. (2017). Current U.S. agency-level trends in supporting implementation of evidence-based practices in parole. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research, 2 (1), 1-14.

Clare Strange

Clare Strange is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Clare holds a Master�s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College in NYC, where she then practiced in the areas of HIV care coordination, adult prisoner re-entry, and youth alternatives to incarceration. As a Graduate Assistant, Clare is evaluating the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, a pre-arrest diversion harm reduction model for chronic, low-level offending. Clare also teaches The Psychology of Criminal Behavior, an undergraduate course offered on the University of Cincinnati main campus. Her dissertation research focuses on punishment, inequality and judicial decision-making.

Bryan Holmes

Bryan Holmes is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Bachelor�s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and Master�s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. His research interest revolve around corrections, mental illness, and the intersection between behavior and law. He also co-hosts a podcast on criminal justice research named Criminal Justice Office Hours sponsored by the University of Cincinnati School of Criminal Justice (Subscribe on iTunes). Bryan�s dissertation work is examining the effects of extralegal characteristics (i.e. race/ethnicity, gender, and district) on federal sentencing outcomes using almost 2 decades of federal sentencing data.

Relevant Recent Publications:

Holmes, B., & Feldmeyer, B. (2019). Reassessing the influence of criminal history in federal criminal courts. Justice Quarterly, 36, 1206-1228.

Holmes, B. (2019). A multi-level analysis of the direct and joint effects of gender and mode of disposition on sentencing in federal courts. Criminal Justice Studies, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/1478601X.2019.1691001

Holmes, B., & D�Amato, C. (2019). Judicial and prosecutorial decision-making: Assessing the effects of race, gender, and age on federal downward sentencing departures. Journal of Crime and Justice, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/0735648X.2019.1704838

Maddy Lancaster

Maddy Lancaster is a master�s student in the school of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her bachelor�s degree in criminal justice from Xavier University in the spring of 2018. Her interests broadly include improving and informing correctional policy and reform through evidence-based practices and research. Specifically, she is interested in studying the impacts of correctional policies on offender reentry, mental health, substance abuse, and inmate incarceration experiences. Additionally, she is interested in research regarding school shootings and effective response management in the case of active shooter incidents.

Symone Pate

Symone Pate is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati studying criminal justice. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Her interests are sentencing and punishment, institutional and community corrections, human trafficking, and juvenile justice.

Sarah Light

Sarah Light is a current doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as her Masters in Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University. Her research interests include offender reentry and, more generally, the impact of the criminal justice system on communities.

Esther Scheibler

Esther Scheibler is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include religious chaplaincy, prisoner rehabilitation, reentry, and crime and victimization within the Jewish community.

Jordan McCoy

Jordan McCoy is current doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Cincinnati. She received her master's degree in mental health counseling from the University of Cincinnati and her bachelor's degree in psychology at Illinois State University. Her research interest includes offender counseling, reentry services, recidivism, suicide and substance abuse. Jordan is a current licensed therapist in Ohio & Kentucky who has experience counseling federal pre-rial and federal probation clients through a grant with the federal government, along with clients struggling with active addiction within in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, leading weekly anger management group and suicidal ideation. Jordan is currently working on grants to help increase de-escalation. Dissertation topic plans to focus on bridging the gap between mental health services and the offender population.

Damon Petrich

Damon Petrich is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He has received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Damon�s research interests include developmental/life-course criminology, specifically in the area of desistance from crime, as well as treatment motivation, correctional programming, employment, self-regulation, and identity. Currently, he works with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute on a variety of corrections evaluation/implementation projects. In the past, he has assisted with/led studies on the developmental trends of serious/violent young offenders, employer experiences with hiring former prisoners, and the in-prison and reintegration experiences of prolific adult offenders.

Pranjali Sathe

Pranjali is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She is from India and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Mumbai University (India), and a bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Delhi (India). She received her MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. Her research interests include sentencing, offender rehabilitation, prisoner reentry, and program evaluation. Additionally, she is interested in corrections research in the Indian context.

Jee Yearn Kim

Jee Yearn Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brock University (Canada) and Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from Kyonggi University (S. Korea). Her research interests include psychology of criminal conduct, principles of effective intervention, correctional rehabilitation, violence against women, and related issues. She currently is working on examining the criminogenic needs in non-Western context and exploring overestimation of false rape allegation.

Holly Lonergan

Holly Lonergan is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She is originally from Boston, MA where she graduated from Bridgewater State University with Bachelor�s in Psychology and Criminal Justice. At Bridgewater State, she was a research lab coordinator for the psychology department and completed an internship with the Strategic Research and Planning Division of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. She received her MS degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati in 2018. Her research interests include mental illness in corrections. Specifically, she is interested in researching psychopathology of offenders, reentry services and placement for individuals with mental illness, implementation of evidence based treatment programs in correctional facilities, and reformation of existing policies and procedures for individuals with mental illness regarding sentencing, competency, and court ordered medication.

Masters Students
Adria Corral

Adria Corral is a student in the M.S. program. Adria graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2018. Broadly, her research interests include mental health assessment and treatment in the criminal justice system, recidivism, and program evaluation.

Rachel Lacy

Rachel Lacy is a student in the M.S. program. Rachel graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017. Since graduation, she has worked at a juvenile placement facility beginning as a youth counselor to her most recent position as a Case Worker on a juvenile Sex Offender dorm. Her research interests include the success rates of juvenile treatment centers as well as policy changes needed in the Juvenile Justice System to successfully accommodate children with mental illness and severe trauma.

Victoria Vidourek

Victoria (Tori) Vidourek is a student in the M.S. program.Tori graduated from UC in 2020. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked for the IMPACT lab, participated in the highly competitive internship with the FBI in D.C., was the President of the CJ Society, was a Student Ambassador for the Department of Public Safety, and participated in the McNair Scholars Prep Program. Tori hopes to complete her master's degree and obtain a job in federal law enforcement.