Lisa Newmark

Lisa Newmark

Lisa Newmark

Emeritus Faculty

Justice system's and society's response to victims of crime

Dr. Lisa Newmark is a Term Professor Emerita in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. She retired in 2022 after serving as the CLS Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies for many years. Before joining the faculty at Mason in 2007, Dr. Newmark was a Senior Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute. During her career she engaged in applied research, program and policy development and evaluation, and direct services for a broad range of crime victims, including victims of violence against women, human trafficking, prison rape, homicide, and other crimes. She studied sexual assault exams, specialized court models, victim compensation and assistance, and collaborative approaches across the range of justice system and private sector agencies.

Selected Publications

Newmark, Lisa, Janine Zweig, Darakshan Raja, and Megan Denver. (2014)  “VAWA 2005 and Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Policy Implementation and Impacts.”  Washington, DC: Urban Institute.  Research Brief, June 2014.

Visher, Christy, Adele Harrell, Lisa Newmark, and Jennifer Yahner. (2009) "The Judicial Oversight Demonstration: Culminating Report on the Evaluation." National Institute of Justice Research for Practice report. NCJ 224201.

Visher, Christy, Adele Harrell, Lisa Newmark, and Jennifer Yahner. (2008) "Reducing Intimate Partner Violence: An Evaluation of a Comprehensive Justice System-Community Collaboration." Criminology and Public Policy. Vol. 7, No. 4, (November 2008), pp. 495-523.

Newmark, L. (2006). The Role of Compensation in the Victim Support System. Networks, Vol. 21, Nos. 1-2. Washington, DC: National Center for Victims of Crime.

Courses Taught

CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis

CRIM 404 Crime Victims and Victimization

CRIM 490 Responding to Victims of Mass Trauma (special topics course)

CRIM 491/492 Criminology, Law and Society Honors Seminar

CRIM 495 Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1989