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Institute for Governmental Service and Research, University of Maryland
Specialty courts, juvenile justice, police, substance use and co-occurring disorders, disproportionate minority contact, offender assessment, community corrections, reentry, alternative dispute resolution, election issues, redistricting and representation, information technology

Faculty Members
Jeanne E. Bilanin - police staffing, specialty courts, program evaluation, performance measurement

Robin Parker Cox - leadership development, public policy development, organizational effectiveness, and managing and facilitating change in public sector organizations

C. David Crumpton – problem solving courts, evaluation of substance abuse and mental health interventions, adult and juvenile justice, child health and welfare, school attendance, and electronic innovation in justice systems

Richard N. Engstrom - legislative redistricting, public funding for election campaigns, sexual violence prevention, and teen driver education

Philip Favero – mediation, environmental justice

Shawn M. Flower - prisoner re-entry, female offenders, community corrections, and program evaluation which employ rigorous methodologies

Stephan A. Sherman - systems design, operational management and business process analysis within the substance abuse, mental health and drug court fields

Douglas Young - juvenile justice, court and correctional alternatives, substance abuse treatment, disproportionate minority contact, offender assessment, supervision, reentry

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Dr. Richard N. Engstrom, Associate Director for Applied Research and Outreach
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 208
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-3997
Email: 301-405-3997
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 8
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    All federal, state, and local agencies

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Applied research; consulting and technical assistance; program evaluation; systems design, development, implementation, and management; training and education; facilitation; information dissemination, public opinion and survey research

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    BJA, NIDA, NIJ, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Maryland Judiciary, Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, local police agencies

  • Current Projects:
    Professional Development Activities for the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA)
    Statewide Maryland Automated Record Tracking System (SMART)
    Maryland Office of Problem-Solving Courts (OPSC) and SMART

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    Applied research - 27.5%; technical assistance - 26%

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 2
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 4
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