Laura Hickman, Associate Professor
Director of Criminology & Criminal Justice Online, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of Hatfield School of Government
- Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
- M.S. Administration of Justice, Portland State University
- B.S. Psychology, University of Oregon
Dr. Laura Hickman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (College Park) in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She spent seven years as a researcher at the RAND Corporation before coming to Portland State in 2007. Currently, Dr. Hickman serves as Director of Criminology and Criminal Justice Online and Associate Director of the CCJ Division’s Criminal Justice Research Policy Institute (CJPRI). She also teaches courses both online and on campus.
The focus of Dr. Hickman’s research is on evaluating and improving criminal justice policy and practice as well as the impacts of violence and victimization. Her work covers a range of topics including capital punishment, domestic violence, corrections, victimization, and immigration. Her immigration work is continuing with a study of long-term recidivism patterns of foreign born inmates.
Dr. Hickman also co-directs the National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This 15-site evaluation examining the effects of promising interventions is designed to ameliorate the harms of children’s exposure to violence. Dr. Hickman’s work in the area continues with several recent studies looking at repeat exposure to violence, retention of high risk families in violence interventions, resiliency and protective factors in children, and assessments for use with young children exposed to violence.
Current Criminology & Criminal Justice Courses
CCJ 320: Theories of Crime and Justice (campus)
CCJ 330: Crime Control Strategies (CCJ online)
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Professor Hickman’s Research on Children’s Exposure to Violence
View Professor Hickman’s research on children’s exposure to violence from the National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches Web Feature:
Also view other publications from the National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches.