Margaretha (Chelsea) Foudray

Margaretha (Chelsea) Foudray

Margaretha (Chelsea) Foudray

Graduate Research Assistant

Corrections, criminal justice organizations, legal decision making, community supervision, intersection of law and psychology

Chelsea Foudray (née van Dijk) is a doctoral student in Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. Currently, she works as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Evan Lowder. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mount Olive, NC. She earned her M.A. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University in 2020. Her research interests include legal decision making, community supervision, criminal justice organizations, corrections, and the intersection of law and psychology. 

Originally from Maastricht, the Netherlands, she traveled to the United States to further her education while running track. During her undergraduate degrees, she worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the Psychology department. She took a year after graduating with her bachelor's degrees to work in the Academic Resource Center at UMO, to help students with academic difficulties. 


Selected Publications

Lowder, E. M., Foudray, C. M. A., & McPherson, M. (2022). Proxy assessments and early pretrial release: Effects on criminal case and recidivism outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Advance online publication.

Lowder, E. M., & Foudray, C. M. A. (2021). Use of Risk Assessments in Pretrial Supervision Decision-Making and Associated Outcomes. Crime & Delinquency, 67(11), 1765–1791.

Foudray, C. M. A., Kramer, C., Rudes, D. S., Sufrin, C., Burr, E., & Parayil, T. (2021). The Compendium of U.S. jails: Creating and conducting research with the first comprehensive contact database of U.S. jails. Health & Justice, 9(1), 12.


M.A. Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

B.S. Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Mount Olive

B.A. Psychology, University of Mount Olive

Minor in Recreational and Leisure Studies

Recent Presentations

“Factors Predicting Judicial Overrides of Risk Assessment-Guided Supervision Decisions,” The American Society of Criminology. Chicago, IL, November 17 – 20, 2021

“Text Message Notifications to Improve Appearance Rates Following Early Pretrial Release,” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Virtual, April 13 – April 14

“The Compendium of U.S. Jails: Creating and Conducting Research with the First Comprehensive Contact Database of U.S. Jails,” Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health. Virtual, April 8 – April 10


In the Media

Foudray, C. “We need voter reform to reduce recidivism and improve community reintegration for returning felons.” Richmond Times-Dispatch, Apr 11, 2021. Op-ed.