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Jill Viglione, Ph.D. is an assistant 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 a National Science Foundation funded study to examine the impact of COVID-19 on community corrections agencies and 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. Dr. Viglione’s work has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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

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

Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, Examining Community Corrections Agencies During COVID-19, National Science Foundation (2020-2021). Adapting Community Corrections in Response to COVID-19 (ADAPT-CC)

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)

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Rearrest (STARR), United States Probation (2018-2020)


2019 Distinguished New Scholar, American Society of Criminology’s Division on Sentencing and Corrections

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