Research Projects

Current/Recent Grants

A longitudinal study of Correctional Services Canada correctional officers’ mental health and wellbeing: The role of prison work in shaping correctional staff health and self over time.
PI: Rosemary (Rose) Ricciardelli
Co-PI: Meghan Mitchell
$999,000 ($75,000 to UCF)
Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

A Multilevel Analysis of Hate Crime Commission Using NCVS and UCR Data
PI: Richard Fording
Co-PI: Matt Nobles
$40,051
Russell Sage Foundation

Safe Transitions: Longitudinal Examination of Domestic Violence Transitional Housing models on Survivor Outcomes
PI: Bethany Backes
Methodologist: Erica Fissel
$1,000,000
U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
11/2020 – 10/2025

Evaluation of the Institute for Coordinated Community Response
PI: Jeffrey Temple
Co-PI: Bethany Backes
$762,736 ($138,217 to UCF)
The Caruth Foundation and The Moody Foundation (through the Conference on Crimes Against Women)
4/2018 – 7/2022

Understanding the Needs of Older Sexual and Family Violence Survivors: Increasing Access to Justice, Safety and Well-being
PI:Leila Wood
Co-PI: Bethany Backes
$294,635 ($66,065 to UCF)
Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor, State of Texas
10/2019 – 3/2021

Examining Community Corrections Agencies During COVID-19
PI: Jill Viglione, Ph.D.
$105,467
National Science Foundation
05/01/2020 – 04/30/2021

Evaluation of Stepping Up Efforts to Improve Mental Health Services and Justice Utilization
Co-PI: Jill Viglione, Ph.D. (with MPIs Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D. and Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D.)
$3,200,000.00
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
09/03/2019 – 07/31/2024

Florida Rape Prevention Education Program (2019–2023)
PI: Roberto Hugh Potter
Co-PI: Bonnie Swan
$189,000
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Injury Prevention and Control funded project at Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
2019–2023

Dissemination Products
Potter, R.H., Swan, B., & Tazi, Y.* (May 2020). Florida Rape Prevention and Education Program: Rape Prevention Indicators Chart (Rep. No. 60FLDPTHLTH2019.Y1F2). Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida, Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group (PEER).

Adams, B.*, Potter, R.H., & Swan, B. (January 2020). Florida Rape Prevention and Education Program: Partnership Questionnaire Results (Rep. No. 60FLDPTHLTH2019.Y1F1). Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida, Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group (PEER).

Completed Projects

Provision of Indicator Selection Readiness Assessment for Rape Prevention Education
PI: R.H. Potter, PI, Bonnie Swan and Christine DeStefano
Co-PIs: PEER-UCF
Amount Funded: $39,863.00
Agency/Source of funds: Florida Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S Department of Health and Human Services). November 2018 – January 2019

Dissemination Products
Swan, B., Potter, R.H., DeStefano, C., Matthews, K., & Askins, P. (January 2019). Indicator Selection Capacity Readiness Assessment of Florida’s CDC Rape Prevention and Education Program Implementation Sites—Final Summary Report. (Rep. No. 54FLDPTHLTH2018.F). Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida, Program Evaluation and Educational Research Group (PEER).

Potter, R.H., Swan, B., DeStefano, C., & Matthews, K. (2019, January). Indicator selection capacity readiness assessment of Florida’s CDC Rape Prevention and Education Program implementation sites: Highlight of results and recommended indicators. Paper presented at the Florida Department of Health 2019 STOP SV Meeting, Altamonte Springs, FL.

Behavioral Health Applied Epidemiology Consultant – Correctional Populations & Behavioral Health Surveillance
PI: Roberto Hugh Potter
Amount funded: $62,000.00
Source of Funding: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
October1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Dissemination Products
Potter, R.H. (2018a). The Challenge of Behavioral Health Surveillance in Criminal Justice Populations: Issues and Action Steps to Create a Nationally-Representative System. Final Report, Vol. 1. Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida.

Potter, R.H. (2018b). Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Develop Behavioral Health Surveillance for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations: It’s the Law! Final Report, Vol. 2.Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida.

Potter, R.H. (2019, November). The Challenge of Developing a Behavioral Health Surveillance System for Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals in the United States. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.

2017 UCF Student Support for Orange County Corrections Division
PI: Roberto Hugh Potter, Ph.D.
$16,392
Orange County Board of Commissioners
2/1/2017-12/31/2018

2017-2018 UCF Student Support for the Orange County Sheriff”s Office
PI: Will Moreto, Ph.D.
$69,312
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
11/1/2017-10/31/2018

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
PI: Kristina Fisher, Ph.D.
$43,220
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
12/21/2017-9/30/2018

National Sheriff’s Association Tourism Oriented Policing Training Program
PI: Ross Wolf, Ed.D.
$6,115
National Sheriff’s Association
8/01/2017-1/05/2018

Studying the Impact of Video Analytics for Pre, Live and Post Event Analysis on Outcomes of Criminal Justice
Co-PI: Ray Surette, Ph.D. (with PI Mubarak Shah, Ph.D., UCF Center for Research in Computer Vision)
$1,300,000
National Institute of Justice
1/1/2016-12/31/2017

2016-2017 UCF Student Support for the Orange County Sheriff”s Office Criminal Investigation Division
PI: Will Moreto, Ph.D.
$72,139
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
11/1/2016-10/31/2017

The Winter Park Property Crime Assessment Report
PI: Will Moreto, Ph.D.
$25,000
Various
3/1/2016-10/31/2017

Evaluation: Veterans Treatment Court Services
PI: Roberto Potter, Ph.D.
$42,813
Seminole County, Florida
10/1/2014-9/30/2017

Training for the Aruba Correctional Initiative
PI: Thomas Baker, Ph.D.
$15,519
Korrectie Instituut Aruba
5/1/2017-7/31/17

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe
PI: Kristina Fisher, Ph.D. (with Co-PIs Roberto Potter, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton and Kimberley Gryglewicz)
$305,862, National Institute of Justice (to Brevard Public Schools then to UCF: $2,269,744)
1/1/2015-6/30/2017

Evaluation and Project Design for Seminole Behavioral Healthcare
PI: Roberto Potter, Ph.D.
$90,000
Aspire Health Partners
7/1/2014-6/30/2017

Police Early Intervention Systems: The State of the Art
PI: Eugene A. Paoline III, Ph.D.
$94,747
National Institute of Justice (to John Finn Institute for Public Safety then to UCF: $486,485)
1/1/2014-6/30/2016

Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs: Policy Change, Law Enforcement Activity and Diversion Tactics
PI: Jacinta Gau, Ph.D.
$250,000
National Institute of Justice
1/1/2013-3/31/2016

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