• Director, Utah Criminal Justice Center
  • Associate Professor, College Of Social Work
(801) 581-4379

Research Statement

During my academic career, I have become one of the leading global scholars on evidence-based correctional practices with justice-involved women. My scholarship directly impacts criminal justice agencies, as well as individuals involved in the juvenile and criminal legal systems, by providing the translational knowledge necessary to best address the psychosocial needs and strengths of justice-involved women, in order to enhance community safety and disrupt intergenerational crime.

My scholarly agenda broadly reflects a strong commitment to producing research evidence that informs correctional policy and practice at the intersection of criminology, forensic social work/psychology, and gender studies. Specifically, my scholarship largely focuses on integrating and improving existing knowledge in the areas of (1) offending risk, need, and strength assessment, particularly among justice-involved women, (2) correctional rehabilitation policies and practices, and (3) gendered pathways to crime.


Research Keywords

  • offender substance abuse and mental health
  • female juvenile offenders
  • criminal justice policy
  • Trauma
  • Substance-using women/mothers
  • Psychology of Women
  • Prisons
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Correctional mental health


  • Panelist, Urban Institute’s Prison Research and Innovation Initiative, Virtual Event “Prison Research Meets Practice: A Conversation on Women in Prison” . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/10/2023.
  • Keynote, University of Kansas Law School Symposium, “Re-entry Into Society: Examining the Barriers Formerly Incarcerated People Face for a Successful Re- entry.” Lawrence, KS. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/10/2023.


  • Salisbury, E. J., Belisle, L., Cowell Mercier, M. & Prince, K. (2023). A randomized controlled trial of community health specialists within gender-responsive probation. Feminist Criminology. Vol. 18, 406-434. Published, 08/2023.
  • Belisle, L., Salisbury, E. J. & Keen, J. (2022). Did They Move on? An Outcome Evaluation of the Gender-Responsive Program, Girls...Moving On. Feminist Criminology. Published, 12/2022.
  • Trejbalová, T. & Salisbury, E. J. (2022). Dying and misbehaving on death row: A theoretical explanation of death row misconduct. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research. Published, 07/2022.
  • Salisbury, E. J. & Van Voorhis, P. (2022). Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation (10th ed). Routledge Publishing. Published, 05/2022.
  • Belisle, L. & Salisbury, E. J. (2021). Starting with girls and their resilience in mind: Reconsidering risk/needs assessments with system-involved girls. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Published, 12/01/2021.
  • Belisle, L., Parker Keen, J., Boppre, B. & Salisbury, E. J. (2020). Bringing course material to life through experiential learning: Impact on students’ learning and perceptions in a corrections course. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Vol. 31, 161-186. Published, 05/2020.
  • Trejbalová, T. & Salisbury, E. J. (2020). Women’s Risk and Needs Assessment (WRNA) in the Czech Republic. Women & Criminal Justice. Vol. 30, 30-41. Published, 04/2020.
  • Boppre, B., Miethe, T., Troshynski, E. & Salisbury, E. J. (2019). Cross-national differences in women’s imprisonment rates: Exploring the conditional effects of gender inequality and other macro-level factors. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. Published, 12/2019.
  • Salisbury, E. J., Sundt, J. & Boppre, B. (2019). Mapping the implementation landscape: Assessing the systemic capacity of statewide community corrections agencies to deliver evidence-based practices. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research. Vol. 4, 19-38. Published, 11/2019.
  • Boppre, B., Sundt, J. & Salisbury, E. J. (2018). The limitations and strengths of the Evidence-Based Practices Attitudes Scale (EBPAS) as a measure of correctional employees’ attitudes: A psychometric evaluation. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Vol. 62, 3947-2964. Published, 12/2018.
  • Salisbury, E. J., Kalantry, S., Boppre, B., Brundige, E. & Martinez, S. (2018). Expanding the feminist pathways perspective to Latin America: A profile of women inmates in Argentina. Women & Criminal Justice. Vol. 28, 125-151. Published, 10/2018.
  • Spiropoulous, G., Van Voorhis, P. & Salisbury, E. J. (2018). Programmatic moderators of CBT correctional treatment for Whites and African Americans. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Vol. 62, 2236-2258. Published, 08/2018.
  • Trejbalová, T. & Salisbury, E. J. (2017). Piloting the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment in the Czech Republic: How ICPA facilitates research collaborations. Advancing Corrections: Journal of the International Corrections and Prisons Association. Vol. 2017, 144-155. Published, 12/2017.
  • Sundt, J., Salisbury, E. J. & Harmon, M. G. (2016). Is downsizing prisons dangerous? The effect of California’s Realignment Act on public safety. Criminology & Public Policy. Vol. 15, 315-341. Published, 12/2016.
  • Salisbury, E. J. (2015). Program integrity and the principles of gender-responsive interventions: Assessing the context for sustainable change. Criminology & Public Policy. Vol. 14, 329-338. Published, 12/2015.
  • Spiropoulos GV, Salisbury EJ & Van Voorhis P (2015). Moderators of correctional treatment success: An exploratory study of racial differences. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Vol. 58, 835-60. Published, 10/01/2015.
  • Salisbury EJ, Dabney JD & Russell K (2015). Diverting victims of commercial sexual exploitation from juvenile detention: development of the InterCSECt screening protocol. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Vol. 30, 1247-76. Published, 09/01/2015.
  • Salisbury, E. J. & Chesney-Lind, M. (2012). Patricia Van Voorhis: Have vision, will travel (August Vollmer Award Commentary). Criminology & Public Policy. Vol. 11, 147-153. Published, 01/2012.
  • Brennan, T., Breitenbach, M., Dieterich, W., Salisbury, E. J. & Van Voorhis, P. (2012). Women’s pathways to serious and habitual crime: A person centered analysis incorporating gender responsive factors. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 39, 1481-1508. Published, 01/2012.
  • Wright, E. M., Van Voorhis, P., Salisbury, E. J. & Bauman, A. (2012). Gender-responsive lessons learned and policy implications for women in prison: A review. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 39, 1612-1632. Published, 01/2012.
  • Van Voorhis, P, Wright, E. M., Salisbury, E. J. & Bauman, A. (2010). Women’s risk factors and their contributions to existing risk/needs assessment: The current status of a gender-responsive supplement. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 37, 261-288. Published, 01/2010.
  • Salisbury EJ, Henning K & Holdford R (2009). Fathering by partner-abusive men: Attitudes on children's exposure to interparental conflict and risk factors for child abuse. Child Maltreatment. Vol. 14, 232-42. Published, 09/01/2009.
  • Salisbury, E. J., Van Voorhis, P. & Spiropoulos, G. (2009). The predictive validity of a gender-responsive needs assessment: An exploratory study. Crime & Delinquency. Vol. 55, 550-585. Published, 01/2009.
  • Salisbury, E. J. & Van Voorhis, P. (2009). Gendered pathways: A quantitative investigation of women probationers’ paths to incarceration. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Vol. 36, 541-566. Published, 01/2009.
  • Van Voorhis, P, Salisbury, E. J., Wright, E. M. & Bauman, A. (2008). Achieving Accurate Pictures of Risk and Identifying Gender Responsive Needs: Two New Assessments for Women Offenders.. US Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections. Published, 01/2008.
  • Wright, E. M., Salisbury, E. J. & Van Voorhis, P. (2007). Predicting the prison misconducts of women offenders: The importance of gender-responsive needs. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Vol. 23, 310-340. Published, 01/2007.