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PhD Student Bios

Denise Nazaire

Denise Nazaire

Denise Nazaire

Policing, Community Engagement, Police-Community Relationships, Violence Prevention, Qualitative Research Methods

Denise Nazaire, M.S., is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Society Department at George Mason University. She is a policing scholar with a focus on police-community relationships, community engagement, violence prevention, and qualitative research methods. Her dissertation is a qualitative post-implementation evaluation, assessing how a community-led prevention program fostered recruitment, initiation, and engagement (RIE) in its youth violence prevention effort. 

Ms. Nazaire is also a Research Analyst with Development Services Group, Inc., where she works on several research projects for the Department of Justice including the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov, an online database of evidence-based programs in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victims of crime; as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide, an online database of evidence-based programs in juvenile justice topic areas, such as prevention, diversion, detention and secure confinement, community-based alternatives, and re-entry.

Grants and Fellowships

2017  Criminology, Law, and Society, George Mason University, Summer Student Research Scholarship Recipient

2017  Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Spring Student Research Award Recipient

2016  Association of American Colleges & Universities, K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Nominee 

2016  Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Doctoral Student Summit Scholarship Recipient

Courses Taught

CRIM 306: Ethics in Criminal Justice

Education

MS Forensic Psychology, American International College, Springfield, MA

BA Psychology, Criminal Justice, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Recent Presentations

Nazaire, D.W.  & Montagnet, C. (2017, November). Police technology: Current issues in criminal justice on crimesolutions.gov. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Nazaire, D.W.  (2017, November). Cultivating community engagement in youth violence prevention: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Nazaire, D.W. (2017, October). Interactions between youth and law enforcement. Paper presented at the Youth and Law Enforcement Research Gaps and Needs Discussion. U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Washington, D.C.

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