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  • Research Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work
  • Interim Director - Utah Criminal Justice Center, College Of Social Work

Research Statement

Within the areas of criminal justice and homelessness, my research primarily focuses on understanding both phenomena through data modeling. This includes developing longitudinal multilevel models for change and structural models that help explain how interventions can reduce recidivism, improve successful re-entry after incarceration, and help the homeless gain housing and general stability. As part of the Utah Criminal Justice Center (UCJC), other research interests include developing and validating assessment tools, assessing the impact of policy changes/reforms, and understanding disproportionate minority contract with the legal system.

Research Keywords

  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Instrument Validation
  • Homelessness
  • Criminal Justice


  • An Evaluation of a Housing First and Assertive Outreach Team Intervention with Chronically Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders. Poster, Accepted, 10/06/2017.

Research Groups

  • Utah Criminal Justice Center, Research Professor. College of Social Work. 03/01/2013 - present. ucjc.utah.edu.


•    Certified Moral Reconation Therapy Facilitator

•    Certified Level of Service Inventory – Revised Administrator

•    Certified Level of Service Risk, Need, Responsivity Administrator

•    Certified on the Clinical Provider Checklist


  • Prince, K.C., Worwood, E.B. & Butters, R.P. (2018). Recovery, Engagement, Assessment, Career Development, and Housing (REACH): Year one outcome report. Utah Criminal Justice Center. Published, 10/26/2018.
  • Prince, K.C., Sarver, C.M. & Butters, R.P. (2018). Housing Not Jail (HNJ): Year one outcome report. Utah Criminal Justice Center. Published, 08/01/2018.
  • Butters, R.P., Prince, K.C., Walker, A. & Worwood, E.B. (2018). Does Reducing Case Processing Time Reduce Recidivism? A Study of the Early Case Resolution Court. Criminal Justice Policy Review. Published, 07/24/2018.
  • Bettmann-Schaefer, J.E., Prince, K. C., Hardy, & C. J & Dwumah, P. (2018). Measuring Mental Health Differences between Ghanaian and U.S. Adults. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. Accepted, 07/18/2018.
  • Sarver, C.M.., Shade, J.L., O'Neill, A.E., Prince, K.C. & Butters, R.P. (2018). Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability (HSSP) Project: Final Report. Utah Criminal Justice Center. Published, 05/04/2018.
  • Prince, K.C., Walker, A., Worwood, E.B., Shade, J.L., O’Neill, A.E. & Butters, R.P. (2018). Evaluation of Utah’s Mental Health Courts: Limited Findings and a Review of Research Challenges. Utah Criminal Justice Center. Published, 03/28/2018.
  • Bettmann-Schaefer, J. E., Scheinfeld, D. E., Prince, K. C., Garland, E. L. & Ovrom, K. V. (2018). Changes in psychiatric symptoms and psychological processes among veterans participating in a therapeutic adventure program. Psychological Services. Published, 03/03/2018.
  • Sarver, C.M., Prince, K.C. & Butters, R.P. (2017). Evaluation of the Housing Support and Stability (HSSP) Project. Utah Criminal Justice Center. Published, 11/02/2017.
  • Kim, M., Yi, J., Prince, K. C., Nagelhout, E. & Wu, Y. (2017). The effects of individual- and network-level factors on discussion of cancer experiences: Survivors of childhood cancer in Korea. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Vol. 36(1), 31-48. Accepted, 09/11/2017.
  • Prince, K.C., Ho, E.A., & Hansen, S. (2010) Effects of a school based program to improve adaptive school behavior and social competencies among elementary school youth: The Living Skills Program. Journal of Research in Character Education, 8 (2), 39-59. Accepted, 08/02/2010.
  • Nelson, S.L., Prince, K.C., & Searcy, M. (2010). Families in Crisis, Challenges for Policymakers: Examining the Troubled Lives of Drug Endangered Children. Ohio Northern University Law Review, 36 (1), 81-114. Accepted, 05/04/2010.
  • Nelson, S.L., Prince, K.C., & Searcy, M. (2009). Snapshots of suspects and defendants: A discussion of arrest and prosecution outcomes in drug endangered children cases. Quinnipiac Law Review, 27(4), 837-880. Accepted, 06/01/2009.
  • Prince, K. C. (2005). Grant Summary Report: 2005 Assessment of Substance Use, Anti-Social Behaviors, and Risk and Protective Factors as a Function of Middle School Coordinator Efforts. Salt Lake City, UT: Bach Harrison, L.L.C. Published, 11/01/2005.
  • Sanbonmatsu, D. M., Prince, K. C., Vanous, S. & Posavac. (2005). The multiple roles of attitudes in decision making. In T. Betsch & S. Haberstroh (Eds.), The Routines of Decision Making (pp. 101 – 118). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Accepted, 11/01/2005.