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Dr. Tasha Youstin
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, SO 217
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: (561) 297-3244 (office)
E-mail: tyoustin@fau.edu

Tasha Youstin joined the faculty at FAU in 2011, having studied at the University of Florida for her Master’s degree and John Jay College of Criminal Justice for her Ph.D. Tasha’s research interests include theory testing, sexual offenders and offender policies, and environmental criminology, focusing on the relationship between crime, space and time. Her research has been published in top criminology journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, and Justice Quarterly.  She previously taught statistics at John Jay College, and currently teaches Criminology, Criminal Justice Technology, and a variety of other courses at FAU.

Education
2007-Present    Ph.D. Student, Criminal Justice; John Jay College, Graduate Center, City University of New York (ABD)
Dissertation: Gender Differences in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology: An Examination of Transitions and Desistance
Chairs: Dr. James P. Lynch, Dr. Karen Terry
Committee: Dr. Todd Clear, Dr. Alex Piquero

2005-2007    M.A., Criminology, Law & Society, University of Florida
Thesis: Theory and Sexual Offenses: Testing the Extent to Which Social Learning Theory can Account for Participation in Illegal Sexual Behavior
Chairs: Dr. Ronald Akers, Dr. Eve Brank
Committee: Dr. Alex Piquero   
2001-2004    B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice, Cum Laude
Florida Atlantic University   
Publications

Peer Reviewed Research Publications:

  • Youstin, T.J., M.R. Nobles, J.T. Ward and C.L. Cook. (accepted) Assessing the Generalizability of the Near Repeat Phenomenon. Criminal Justice & Behavior.
  • Culp, R., T.J. Youstin, K. Englander and J. Lynch. (accepted) From War to Prison: Examining the Relationship between Military Service and Criminal Activity. Justice Quarterly
  • Nobles, M.R., J. Levenson and T.J. Youstin. (accepted) Effectiveness of Residence Restrictions in Preventing Sex Offense Recidivism. Crime and Delinquency.
  • Ward, J.T., M.R. Nobles, T.J. Youstin and C.L. Cook. (accepted) Placing the Neighborhood Accessibility-Burglary Link in Social-Structural Context. Crime and Delinquency.
  • Youstin, T.J. and M.R. Nobles. (2009). Residency Restrictions: A Geospatial Analysis of Sex Offender Movement over Time. Crime Mapping: A Journal of Research and Practice, 1, 55-76.
  • Piquero, A.R., N.L. Piquero, K. Terry, T.J. Youstin and M.R. Nobles. (2008). Uncollaring the Criminal: Understanding Criminal Careers of Criminal Clerics. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 35, 583-599.

Peer Reviewed Teaching Publications:

  • Brank, E., K.A. Fox, T.J. Youstin and L. Boeppler. (2009) Changing the Latitudes and Attitudes about Content Analysis Research: A Research Note. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20, 476-480.

Other Publications:

  • Youstin, T. J. (2011). Bridging the Gap: Using research to create effective strategies for crime prevention. Book Review for Crime, Law and Social Change.
  • Youstin, T. J. (2009). Residency Restrictions: A Summary of the Literature. Sex Offender Law Report. Civic Research Institute
  • Youstin, T. J. (2009). Anatomically Correct Dolls. In J. Wilson (ed), The Praeger Handbook of Victimology. Greenwood Press.
  • Youstin, T. J. (2009). Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse. In J. Wilson (ed), The Praeger Handbook of Victimology. Greenwood Press.
  • Youstin, T. J. (2008). Reviewing the Literature: Updates in Sex Offender Research. Sex Offender Law Report. Civic Research Institute.
Conference Presentations
2011    "The Effectiveness of Neighborhood Watch Programs for Minimizing Near Repeat Crimes" American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles, Dr. Jeffrey T. Ward, and Dr. Robert Tillyer.

"A Study of Criminal Spatial Ranges" American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.; with Dr. John DeCarlo and Phil Kopp.   
"The Utilization of Alternative Sanctions in Federal Sentencing" American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C.*   
2010    "Gender Differences in Developmental and Life-Course Criminology: An Examination of Transitions and Desistance" American Society of Criminology, San Francisco.*   
"Neighborhood Crime Watch Programs: A Difference Maker for Certain Neighborhoods?" American Society of Criminology, San Francisco; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles and Dr. Jeffrey T. Ward.   
"Strain and Social Disorganization: Theoretical Perspectives on Sexual Offending" American Society of Criminology, San Francisco; with Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman.   
2009     "The Differential Effects of Criminal Involvement across Gender" American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia.*   
"Military Service, Combat Service, and Criminal Behavior among Veterans: Comparing Volunteers and Conscripts" American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia; with Dr. Richard Culp, Kristin Englander, and Dr. James P. Lynch.   
"Assessing the Generalizability of the Near Repeat Phenomenon Across Crime Types" NIJ Crime Mapping Research Conference, New Orleans; with Dr. Carrie L. Cook, Dr. Matt R. Nobles, and Dr. Jeffrey T. Ward.*   
"Examining the Near Repeat Phenomenon" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston; with Dr. Carrie L. Cook, Dr. Matt R. Nobles, and Dr. Jeffrey T. Ward.*   
2008     "The Impact of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offender Recidivism" American Society of Criminology, St. Louis; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles and Dr. Jill Levenson.*   
"The Criminal Involvement of Military Veterans: Estimating the Extent and Exploring Explanations" American Society of Criminology, St. Louis; with Dr. Richard Culp, Kristen Englander, and Dr. James P. Lynch   
"Neighborhood Watch: A Spatial-Reanalysis" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Cincinnati; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles, Dr. Carrie Cook, and Dr. Jeffrey Ward.*   
2007    "Learning to become a Sex Offender: The Extent to which Social Learning Theory can account for Sexual Deviance" American Society of Criminology, Atlanta.*   
"Combining Temporal and Geospatial Analyses for Registered Sex Offenders in Florida" American Society of Criminology, Atlanta; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles.   
"Registered for Life: An in-depth Look at the Consequences of Sex Offender Policies on Offenders" Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle; with Dr. Matt R. Nobles.*   
2006    "Supporting Capital Punishment: The Relationship between Death Penalty Approval and Opinions of the Justice System" American Society of Criminology, Los Angeles.*
* indicates first author presentation   
Publications

Book Chapters

  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. 2002. “Restorative Conferencing for Juveniles in the United States: Prevalence, Process and Practice.” In E. Weitekamp and H-J. Kerner (eds.) Restorative Justice: Theoretical Foundations. United Kingdom: Willan Publishing.
  • Schiff, M. 2002. “Models, Outcomes and Promises of Restorative Conferencing.” Forthcoming in A. von Hirsch, A. Bottoms, J. Roberts, K. Roach and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Competing or Reconcilable Paradigms. Oxford, England: Hart Publishing.
  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. 2002. “Perspectives on Restorative and Community Justice” Forthcoming In Corrections, M. Braswell, J. Pollack and J. Whitehead (eds.) Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. 2001. “Dangers and Opportunities of Restorative Community Justice: A Response to Critics” in G. Bazemore and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. 2001. “Exploring and Shaping the Future” in G. Bazemore and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Van Ness, D. and M. Schiff. 2001. “Satisfaction Guaranteed? The Meaning of Satisfaction in Restorative Justice” in G. Bazemore and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Bazemore, G. and M. Schiff. 2001. “What and Why Now: Understanding Restorative Community Justice” in G. Bazemore and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Bazemore, G. and M. Schiff. 2001. “Introduction” in G. Bazemore and M. Schiff (eds.) Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.
  • Schiff, M. 1998. “The Impact of Restorative Justice Interventions on Juvenile Offenders” In L. Walgrave and G. Bazemore (eds.) Restoring Juvenile Justice: Repairing the Harm of Youth Crime. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 327-356

Edited Books

  • A. von Hirsch, A. Bottoms, J. Roberts, K. Roach and M. Schiff. Forthcoming 2002. Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Competing or Reconcilable Paradigms. Oxford, England: Hart Publishing.
  • Bazemore, G. and Schiff, M. 2001. Restorative Community Justice: Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Company.

Journal Articles

  • Schiff, M.F. 1998. “Restorative Justice Interventions for Juvenile Offenders: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade” Western Criminology Review 1(1). [Online]. Available: http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v1n1/schiff.html. 22 pages
  • Schiff, M. 1997. “Gauging the Intensity of Intermediate Sanctions: Developing the Criminal Punishment Severity Scale” Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 175-205
  • Schiff, M. and Terry, W.C. 1997. “Predicting Graduation From Broward County's Dedicated Drug Treatment Court” Justice System Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 291-310
  • Bazemore, G. and M. Schiff. 1996. “Community Justice/Restorative Justice: Prospects for a New Social Ecology for Community Corrections” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 311-335
  • Belenko, S., M. Schiff, L. Winterfield, M. Phillips. 1994. “Modeling the Prison Displacement Effects of Alternative Sanction Programs: A Case Study” The Prison Journal, Vol 73, No. 2, pp. 167-197

Academic and Professional Presentations

  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. Tracking Restorative Justice Decisionmaking in the Response to Youth Crime: The Prevalence of Youth Conferencing in the United States. 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Community Justice Conference. Keystone, Colorado, September 2001 and the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta GA, November, 2001
  • Schiff, M. Invited Plenary Panelist. 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Community Justice Conference. Keystone, Colorado, September 2001.
  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. At the Nexus of Restorative Justice Research, Policy and Practice. 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Community Justice Conference. Keystone, Colorado, September 2001.
  • Bazemore, G. and M. Schiff. Social Justice, Social Capital and Restorative Justice. 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Restorative Community Justice Conference. Keystone, Colorado, September 2001.
  • Schiff, M. C. Erbe and G. Bazemore. Understanding Restorative Conferencing: A Study of Youth Conferencing Models in the United States. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November, 2000.
  • Schiff, M., and G. Bazemore, Developing a Curriculum in Restorative Justice. Roundtable Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 2000
  • Schiff, M. and G. Bazemore. Research in Restorative Justice. Roundtable Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 2000
  • Schiff, M. Redefining Responsibility in Restorative Justice. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Tuebingen, Germany, October, 2000.
  • Schiff, M. Understanding Causal Responsibility in Restorative Justice. Paper presented at conference on Restorative Justice: Analyzing Aims and Limits, Cambridge England, October, 2000.
  • Schiff, M., C. Boyes-Watson and S. Spitzer. Developing a Curriculum in Restorative Justice. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto, November 1999.
  • Schiff, M. and D. Van Ness. Revisiting Satisfaction. Third International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Leuven, Belgium, October 1999.
  • Schiff, M. and D. Van Ness. Satisfaction Guaranteed? The Meaning of Satisfaction in Restorative Justice. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November 1998.
  • Schiff, M. and D. Van Ness. Satisfaction Guaranteed: A New Language of Restorative Justice. Second International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Fort Lauderdale, November 1998.
  • Schiff, M. The Impact of Restorative Justice Interventions on Juvenile Offenders. International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Leuven, Belgium, May 1997. (R, P)
  • Schiff, M. and L. Feder. Domestic Violence: Parallels Between the United States and Costa Rican Experiences. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Diego, 1997.
  • Schiff, M. and L. Feder. Domestic Violence Policy in Costa Rica: Implications for the Future. 20th Annual Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, 1997.
  • Schiff, M. Restorative Justice Interventions for Juvenile Offenders: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Diego, November 1997.
  • Schiff, M. and W. C. Terry. Predicting Graduation From Broward County's Dedicated Drug Treatment Court Based Upon Individual Participant Characteristics. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, November 1997.
  • Schiff, M. and W. C. Terry. Who's Who in Drug Court and Why Does it Matter? Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, March , 1996.
  • Schiff, M. Parallels Between Restorative and Retributive Justice. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, November 1996.
  • Bazemore, G. and M. Schiff. Community Justice/Restorative Justice: Prospects for a New Social Ecology for Community Corrections. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, 1994.
  • Belenko, S., M. Schiff, L. Winterfield and M. Phillips. Modeling the Prison Displacement Effects of Alternative Sanctions Programs: A Case Study. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, 1993.
  • Schiff, M., S. Belenko and L. Winterfield. An Integrated Approach to Research and Policy in New York City: Studying Jail Overcrowding to Effectively Use Intermediate Penalties.
    Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, 1992.
  • M. Schiff and S. Belenko. Drug Treatment as Intermediate Penalty: Practical and Theoretical Issues. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, 1991.
  • Winterfield, L. and M. Schiff. The Effect of Jail Conditions Litigation on Alternatives to Incarceration Planning in New York City. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, June, 1990.
  • Schiff, M. Ranking Intermediate Penalties. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November, 1990.
  • Schiff, M. Social Organizational Factors in the Jurisprudence of Adolescent Felony Offenders. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, June, 1989.
  • Schiff, M. and J. Fagan. Substantive and Symbolic Effects of Waiver Legislation. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, June 1987.
Employment History (with courses taught)
2010     Instructor, Florida Atlantic University
Community Service Systems
Crime Analysis
Criminal Justice System
Criminology
Environmental Criminology
Women and Criminal Justice
   
2009    Adjunct Professor, John Jay College- CUNY
Principles and Methods of Statistics   
2008    Teaching Assistant, John Jay College - CUNY
Principles and Methods of Statistics   
2007    Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Karen Terry, John Jay College- CUNY
Lab Instructor, University of Florida
Research Methods   
2006    Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Eve Brank, University of Florida
Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice   
2005    Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Karen Parker, University of Florida   
2004    Intern, United States Marshals   
Grants and Awards
2009    NIJ Student Presenter Travel Grant (Airfare, Room Costs, Registration, $150 stipend), NIJ Crime Mapping Research Conference
Graduate Student Research Grant ($1400), Graduate Center- CUNY
Doctoral Student Council Travel Grant ($300), Graduate Center- CUNY
John Jay Doctoral Program Scholarly Awards Competition ($900), John Jay College- CUNY   
2008    John Jay Doctoral Program Scholarly Awards Competition ($1100), John Jay College- CUNY   
2007    Doctoral Student Council Travel Grant ($300), Graduate Center- CUNY
Graduate Student Council Research Grant ($300), University of Florida
Gator Criminology, Law and Society Syndicate Travel Grant ($100)   
2006    Graduate Student Council Travel Grant ($250), University of Florida   
National Grant Applications
2010    NIJ FY 10 ORE Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship Program, requested grant for dissertation research entitled Gender Differences in Life Course Criminology: An Examination of Transitions and Desistance. 91091-NY-IJ. (with dissertation chair Dr. James P. Lynch)

2009    NIJ Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships, requested grant for research partnership entitled ATI/John Jay Consortium with the purpose of examining non-traditional measures of success for offenders who have completed Alternative To Incarceration programs. (with Dr. Frank Pezzella and Dr. Todd Clear)   
2008    ASA/BJS Small Grants Research Program for Analysis of Crime and Justice Data, awarded $30,000 for research entitled From War to Prison: Examining the Relationship between Military Service and Criminal Activity. (with Dr. Richard Culp and Kristin Englander)   
Specific Research and Grant Experience
2009-Present     Neighborhood Watch, Neighborhood Characteristics, and Collective Efficacy: An Analysis using GIS, Graduate Center- City University of New York, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Awarded $1400 from the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program- Competition #4. Working with a police department in Florida, this grant involved mapping several hundred neighborhood watch programs using ArcGIS, as well as creating a survey mailed to residents assessing levels of participation in neighborhood watch and additional measures of collective efficacy. Ongoing analysis will compare GIS maps with census data and survey results to enable an
in depth study of the affects of neighborhood watch programs on neighborhood residents and subsequent levels of criminal activity.   
2008- 2009    From War to Prison: Examining the Relationship between Military Service and Criminal Activity, John Jay College, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, with Dr. Richard Culp and Kristin Englander. Awarded $30,000 under the small grants program funded by the American Statistical Association. Assisted in writing and submitting grant, as well as analyzing data from the Current Population Survey. Additionally, served as presenter at various conferences and coauthor on subsequent publications derived from work on the grant.   
2008    Security and Privacy: Global Standards for Ethical Identity Management in Contemporary Liberal Democratic Societies, John Jay College, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Immediate Supervisor: Dr. Peter Mameli (NSF #0619226) Duties included researching the publicized situation in New York regarding allegations that former Governor Spitzer, his cabinet, and the New York State Police Department spied on Senator Bruno. Interest was in the possible abuse of power. Work concluded with the submission of a final report that included a detailed history of the events leading up to the scandal, and how abuse of power by law enforcement may be avoided in the future.   
2008    Causes and Context Study: Investigating the Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, John Jay College, RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Terry; Immediate Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Smith. Duties included researching various topic areas, such as the evolution of the gay movement in America and trends in sex offender laws and legislation from 1980s to the present. Additional duties included working on survey construction, mailings, and corresponding with potential participants.   
2007    Untitled grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Open Society Institute, John Jay College, RESEARCHER, Immediate Supervisor: Dr. Jim Lynch. Working with several other researchers from John Jay College, the grant received from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Open Society Institute helped fund a national survey exploring opinions about crime and immigration. Duties included creating survey questions, analyzing data, and submitting a final report of findings that were presented at the 3rd Annual Guggenheim Symposium held in January
2008, which was attended by journalists, policymakers, and academics from around the country.   
Professional Association Membership
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Reviewer
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology
  • Violence Against Women
Research Interests
  • Environmental criminology
  • Quantitative methods
  • Sexual offenders and offending policies
  • Theory testing
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