Kevin W. Allison is Senior Assistant to the President of Virginia Commonwealth University and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate work in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to joining the VCU faculty, Dr. Allison worked at Pennsylvania State University and served as the Clincal Director of City Lights in Washington, DC. Dr. Allison's work has focused on understanding and addressing processes that support positive developmental outcomes for African American children and youth. This has included the examination of life skills and culturally informed interventions for youth and work with community-based human services providers.Merry Morash is Professor at the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, where she served as director from 1991 to 2001.nbsp; She also is founder, Director and faculty instructor of the Michigan Victim Assistance Academy, which provides education for individuals who work with crime victims, and the Director of thenbsp; Michigan Regional Community Policing Institute, and is Secretary of the Michigan DARE Advisory Board.nbsp; Her primary research emphasis is on gender and crime, and current research is on domestic violence among Asian Americans and gender responsive programming for women offenders.nbsp; She also has done extensive research on women in policing, and is currently engaged in research to follow up on women who participated in a study nearly a decade ago.nbsp; She has recently served on the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Task Force, which was chaired by Michigan's Lt. Governor, and on the Advisory Board for the Michigan Judicial Institute bench book to assist judges in their work with crime victims.nbsp; Dr. Morash is a coauthor of the textbooks, Juvenile Delinquency:nbsp; Concepts and Control andnbsp;Co-Editornbsp;ofnbsp; The Move to Community Policing: Making Change Happen , and has written and published extensively on women as offenders, police, and crime victims.nbsp; Additional publications focus on assessment and implementation of criminal justice policy and juvenile delinquency programming and causation.nbsp;
Pamela Schram has published on such topics as female offenders, especially those women involved in violent offenses as well women in prison. Her research interests also include examining treatment effects on gang and non-gang members. She is currently focusing on issues pertaining to elderly prisoners. Dr. Schram has been involved in various research projects that have primarily focused on evaluating treatment effectiveness such as juvenile diversion options and programs for at-risk youths. She has published three books, four book chapters, and over 20 scholarly papers. Dr. Schram received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavior Sciences at California State University, San Bernardino.