Institute for Justice Research and Development Summer Institute

Conducting Intervention Research in Criminal Justice Settings


This workshop will prepare you to design and research behavioral or policy interventions that address needs, problems, and conditions related to criminal justice involvement and the criminal justice system.

The overall focus of workshop activities is on the process of designing and developing a behavioral or policy intervention manual and an NIH (or equivalent) research grant proposal.

In discussions, Dr. Pettus-Davis will draw on her more than two-decades of intervention work in criminal justice settings and expertise in intervention research to guide participants through real-world intervention research challenges and identify strategies to overcome those challenges. Participants will examine proposals developed in the course, provide consultations for each other, and leave with strengthened products that can lead immediately into private and public funding proposals.

This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Early investigators, such as early-career professors, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students in Social Work, Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Marriage and Family, and Criminology disciplines.
  • Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors


  1. Identify and assess the socio-political dynamics involved in defining and analyzing a specific social need, problem, or condition experienced within the criminal justice system at the societal and institutional, organizational, familial and interpersonal, and individual levels;
  2. Analyze a need, problem, or condition relevant to the criminal justice population and identify the implications of different levels and kinds of analysis for designing appropriate interventions;
  3. Assess the theoretical and empirical support for alternative interventions that address a selected need, problem, or condition with a criminal justice-involved population or system.
  4. Describe and critically assess a logical sequence of development that guides the design, implementation, and research of behavioral, social, or policy interventions;
  5. Apply a systematic approach to designing interventions that are responsive to conditions that are unique to the criminal justice system/involvement.
  6. Select and apply appropriate research methodology in researching interventions;
  7. Demonstrate awareness of the interplay of different levels of intervention and moderators such as age, class, culture, disability status, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, and sexual preference in designing, implementing, and modifying interventions;
  8. Generate hypotheses for guiding empirical inquiry for testing interventions;
  9. Apply theory construction strategies and techniques for building interventions;
  10. Delineate effective strategies for collaboration between academic individuals or groups, service providers, and corrections leaders in designing, implementing, and researching interventions in criminal justice settings.


  • Early Bird Pricing (before May 15, 2021): $1,000
  • After May 15, 2021: $1,250
  • To pay by check, please contact Amberly Prykhodko:

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