Faculty
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 student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests broadly involve improving supervision and management practices for offenders with mental illness and substance abuse issues in community corrections systems. Specifically, she is interested in studying barriers to implementation of evidence-based practices in community-based corrections settings, factors that influence outcomes for offenders with mental illness supervised on probation and parole, and the nature of inter-agency collaborations in correctional treatment and supervision. She received her masterís degree in Forensic Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to that, she earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from University of Cincinnati.

Bryan Holmes

Bryan Holmes is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Bachelorís degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and Masterís 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).

Angelyne Martiniuc

Angelyne Martiniuc is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelorís in Criminal Justice from California State University, Stanislaus in 2009 and her Masters degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. As a graduate student, Angelyne has assisted on research projects at Talbert House, a community-wide nonprofit network of prevention, assessment, treatment, and reintegration services. She has also assisted with training and technical assistance for the Corrections Institute at the University of Cincinnati. Angelyneís research interests center on correctional policy and offender reentry.

Clare Strange

Clare Strange is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Clare holds a Masterís in Social Work from Hunter College in NYC, where she then practiced in the areas of HIV, adult prisoner re-entry, and youth alternatives to incarceration. Through these professional endeavors, Clare supervised teams of case managers and field outreach workers as they assisted HIV+ individuals to reenter society, manage their chronic illnesses, and participate in various research initiatives pertaining to harm reduction and medication compliance. Prior to her work in NYC, Ms. Strange served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, engaging with youth, women, and families in the areas of HIV, literacy, violence prevention, and community organizing.

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 Bachelorís 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.

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. Damonís 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.

Jee Yearn Kim

Jee Yearn Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelorís degree in Psychology from Brock University (Canada) and Masterís 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.



Undergraduate Students
Victoria Vidourek

Victoria Vidourek is a second year double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She is also enrolled in the McNair Prep Program and plans on attending graduate school upon graduation, where she hopes to pursue her research interests in the psychological assessment of people involved in the criminal justice system.