Shannon Magnuson

Shannon Magnuson

Shannon Magnuson

Organizational Change, Corrections, Process Evaluations and Applied/Participatory Action Research

Shannon is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and currently works as a Research Assistant at the National Institute of Justice. Her research interests include: organizational change, implementation science and applied/participatory research.

While at George Mason, Shannon worked for three years with Dr. Faye S. Taxman and Dr. Danielle S. Rudes at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, where she helped develop 10 eight-hour learning modules for a state correctional system. The modules translated interdisciplinary research from implementation science, organizational theory, health communication and clinical research to inform how to improve the agency’s processes and use of evidence-based practices.

Prior to beginning her studies at George Mason, Shannon received her BA from the University of Florida in Criminology and Political Science and her MA in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections Administration from CUNY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She previously worked as a research assistant for CUNY’s Research Foundation, NYC’s Department of Probation and VERA Institute’s Center for Sentencing and Corrections.

Shannon's dissertation explores how four state institutions grappled with mandated prison reform and how each institution changed (or didn't) to accommodate the reform. Specifically, the reform refers to how the state punishes inmates with severe mental illnesses, including placement into a specific restricted but treatment oriented unit. Shannon's research questions concern how each institution implemented the reform, how the reform impacts inmate misconducts, how the reform operates in practice and the unintended consequences of the reform to staff, inmates and the larger institutional culture. 


Ph.D. candidate, Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

M.A. (Criminology, Law and Society), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

B.A. (Criminology, Law and Society), University of Florida