Yi-Fang Lu

Yi-Fang Lu

Yi-Fang Lu

Graduate Research Assistant

Policing & mental health, wellness of law enforcement officers, crime & place, social processes & digital data, health inequality

Yi-Fang Lu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She is a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Drs. Sue-Ming Yang and Yasemin Irvin-Erickson. She received her M.A. degree in Criminology from National Taipei University and her B.S. degree in Psychology from National Taiwan University in Taiwan. Her research interests include policing and mental health, officer wellness, and crime/health and place. 

Current Research

The Impact of Covid-19 on Victimization Risk and Service Needs for Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors, National Science Foundation 

Coalition to Enhance the Capacity of Policing Mental Health Problems in Virginia, Bureau of Justice Assistance 

Partners in Crisis: Improving Police Response to Individuals in Moments of Crisis by Providing Service Alternatives, National Institute of Justice 


Selected Publications

Yang, S.-M. & Lu, Y.-F. (forthcoming). Evaluation of The Effects of Co-response Model: A Randomized Controlled Trial across Four Agencies. Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, DOI: 10.1093/police/paad080

Yang, S.-M., Gill, C. E., Lu, Y.-F., Azam, M., & Kanewske, L. C. (2024). A police-clinician co-response team to people with mental illness in a suburban-rural community: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Experimental Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-023-09603-8

Lu, Y.-F. & Petersen, K. (2023). Effectiveness of psychological skills training for police personnel: A meta-analysis. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 80(10), 590-598. https://doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2023-109117

Kang, B. & Lu, Y.-F. (2023). The Association between Mental Health-Related 911 Calls and the Mental Health Professional Shortage in New York City. Journal of Urban Health, 1-10, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-023-00777-0

Lu, Y.-F., Jian, Y.-S., & Yang, C.-Y. (2023). Cumulative exposure to citizens’ trauma and secondary traumatic stress among police officers: the role of specialization in domestic violence prevention. Police Practice and Research, 1-20., DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2023.2189593 

Petersen, K., & Lu, Y.-F. (2023). The Downstream Effects of Body-worn Cameras: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Justice Quarterly, 40(6), 765–790. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2023.2181855

Grants and Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowship (Dissertation), 2023, George Mason University

Courses Taught

CRIM315 Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology 


M.A. (Criminology), National Taipei University, Taiwan

B.S. (Psychology), National Taiwan University, Taiwan