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Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research & Education, Case Western Reserve University
The Begun Center has expertise in the following areas: survey research, social network mapping & research, service research, community oriented policing research, mental health & substance abuse research, MST, FFT, ICT, IHBT, cost benefit analysis, longitudinal data analysis, juvenile/adult diversion, juvenile/adult re-entry, gambling addiction, domestic violence, homicide, effects of exposure to violence, drug court programming evaluation, law enforcement & corrections training, juvenile crossover systems of care, dual disorders, and advanced statistical analysis.

Faculty Members
Daniel Flannery, PhD, Violence & Mental Health
Mark Singer, PhD, Exposure to Violence & Substance Abuse
David Hussey, PhD, Violence, Victimization & Mental Health
Mark Fleisher, PhD, Gangs, Adult and Juvenile Justice
Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, Juvenile Justice & Behavioral Health, Violence Exposure & Trauma
Margaret Baughman, PhD, Addiction, Criminal Justice & Diversion
Rachel Lovell, PhD, Gender, Methodology & Domestic Violence
Chris Stormann, PhD, Systems of Care, Criminal Justice & Child Welfare
Jane Timmons Mitchell, PhD, Victimization, Suicide Prevention & Juvenile Justice
Richard Shepler, PhD

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Daniel Flannery, Director
Case Western Reserve University
Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Community Studies Center
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7167
Phone: 216.368.5235
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 18
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    Local, State and Federal Government Agencies as well as Private Non-Profit Foundations interested in funding and partnering on justice related activities and research.

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    The Begun Center often engages in the following outreach/activities: training & technical Assistance, consulting, proposal assistance, research and evaluation design advice, collaboration, data collection and analysis,and presentation/dissemination of findings.

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    NIJ, OJJDP, BJA, SAMHSA, DOJ, Private Non-Profit Foundations, State/Local Government, NICHD, NIDA, NIH, OVW, OJP, US Marshals, CDC, CSAT, DOE, Cleveland Police

  • Current Projects:
    Defending Childhood Initiative(Cuyahoga Co, OH), Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention(Cuyahoga Co, OH), Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (Various Counties, Ohio), Police Assisted Referral(CMHA, Cleveland, OH), Fugitive Safe Surrender(Various Cities, USA), Targeted Reclaim(Various Counties, OH), Mood Disorders Drug Court (Cuyahoga Co, OH), Opiate Use Drug Court(Cuyahoga Co, OH), Suburban Drug Court Expansion (Cuyahoga Co, OH), Second Chance (Cuyahoga Co, OH), Offender Re-Entry Program for Juveniles (Cuyahoga Co, OH), MST Implementation(Various Cities/Agencies, USA), Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative(Cuyahoga Co, OH). Please see our website for other current projects.

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    26% - 58.5%

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:

  • Organizational policies on publications:

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: 6
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: 4
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