Jill Viglione, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the criminal justice department at the University of Central Florida. She joined the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education in 2017. Dr. Viglione’s research focuses on correctional agencies, implementation of evidence-based practices, organizational change, and program evaluation. She is currently PI on several Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded evaluations of technology-based innovations for community supervision agencies and is co-PI on a National Institute of Mental Health study to examine the Stepping Up initiative, which aims to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jail. She is currently working with several local agencies, including the Middle District of Florida to evaluate the Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest training program and the Orange County Drug-Free Coalition to evaluate their new reentry program for justice-involved individuals with opioid-use disorder. Dr. Viglione’s work has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Justice Quarterly, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Areas of Expertise
  • Community corrections
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Survey research
  • PhD in Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University
  • MA in Criminology, Law and Society, Villanova University
  • BA in Criminal Justice, Quinnipiac University


Research Interests
  • Corrections
  • Implementation of evidence-based practices
  • Organizational change and decision making
  • Mental health and substance use

Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator, Hidalgo County Virtual Supervision Caseload, Bureau of Justice Assistance (2022-2025)
  • Principal Investigator, Improvements to Offender Violation Guide and Dashboards in Arkansas, Bureau of Justice Assistance (2022-2025)
  • Principal Investigator, Supporting Behavior Change and Communication Through Technology: Virtual Supervision in Maine, Bureau of Justice Assistance (2022-2025)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Identifying MOUD Decision-Making Factors in Criminal Problem Solving Courts, Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network, National Institutes of Health (2022-2024)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Recovery Enhancement Project, Orange County Drug-Free Office (2022-2024)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Stepping Up Efforts to Improve Mental Health Services and Justice Utilization (MPIs Faye S. Taxman and Jennifer Johnson), National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health (2019-2023)