Shannon Magnuson

Shannon Magnuson

Shannon Magnuson

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

Shannon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and a Research Associate for Justice System Partners. 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 one state department of corrections implemented mandated reform for Restricted Housing Units for individuals with severe mental health diagnoses. 

She currently works as a Research Associate at Justice System Partners where she oversees several mixed-methods projects funded by Arnold Ventures, MacArthur Foundation, and local and state agencies. These projects include, police-led deflection, prosecutorial decision making, and reimagining probation conditions. 


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