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Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research

Center for Justice and Social Research

The Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research enables Clemson University faculty members to provide a variety of services to community partners, including technical assistance on grant writing, independent evaluation of community-based projects, and research on the outcomes and impact of community initiatives. The center serves the land-grant mission of the University and facilitates research-practitioner partnerships by helping local governmental, criminal justice, and non-profit organizations pursue funding for social research and evaluation.

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  • Mission & Vision

    Our Mission

    The Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research (CJSR) provides resources to advance social research, train future social scientists, and develop collaborative partnerships with governmental, criminal justice, and non-profit organizations to strengthen communities. 

    Our Vision  

    CJSR envisions advancing knowledge to address underlying social issues affecting people and communities to promote a more just and equitable society.

  • Services

    The center offers services and engages in social research to promote and ensure evidence-based methods and practices are available to community organizations that might overwise not be able to access these funds.

    Offered Services:

    • Grant proposal development and technical assistance
    • Technical assistance and subject matter expertise
    • Gap analysis and needs assessment
    • Community engagement with stakeholders
    • Program evaluation design for process, outcome and impact evaluations
    • Survey design
    • Access to a survey pool
    • Focus groups
    • In-depth interviewing
    • Ethnography
    • Data collection, management and analysis
    • Performance measure tracking and reporting
    • Technical reports
    • Training for undergraduate and graduate students
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  • Our Team


    Nasaskyia HicksNasaskyia Hicks, Interim Director

    Dr. Hicks is a Research Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research, leading interdisciplinary social research projects. Her interests broadly focus on education research and evaluation for K-12 and postsecondary programs. Dr. Hicks works on several Department of Justice-funded projects, including a Preventing STOP School Violence grant.

    Dr. Catherine MobleyCatherine Mobley, Associate Director

    Dr. Mobley has engaged in extensive community-based research and evaluation for diverse clients, including the United Way of Pickens County, the Upstate Housing Coalition, the United Way of Greenville County, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and the Saluda Reedy Watershed Coalition. Dr. Mobley is currently involved in three active NSF projects. She is also Co-PI with Leslie Hossfeld on a community-based grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation investigating food security in seven rural South Carolina counties. Through her interdisciplinary research on engineering/STEM education, Dr. Mobley has investigated the experiences of first-generation students, transfer students, Black students, student veterans, and women in engineering. She will be applying this knowledge to initiate a new project on social science students. This experience can be leveraged to assist community-based agencies engaged in STEM education in diverse disciplines. Dr. Mobley has also taught a graduate-level evaluation course for 11 years through which she and her students have designed process and outcome evaluations for diverse community-based clients, including Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Littlejohn Community Center, Safe Harbor, Clemson Community Care, the Parenting Place, and United Way of Pickens County.

    Dr. Lyudmyla TsykalovaLyudmyla Tsykalova, Research Project Manager

    Dr. Lyudmyla Tsykalova holds the dual role of Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Project Manager at the Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research. She is a passionate scholar committed to enhancing human well-being and driving community development. Her expertise is at the intersection of project management and research, primarily focusing on addressing societal issues such as the well-being of vulnerable populations, food security, youth environmental engagement, attitudes towards substance use, and interpersonal violence.

    Dr. Tsykalova is Ukrainian, speaks four languages, holds a doctoral degree in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University, and has three masters in the fields related to international economics and development. She has years of experience cultivating partnerships and management (from research, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) of local projects and international strategic initiatives with universities, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, and the US. Rooted in her commitment to empowering communities, her expertise bridges research and leadership, making her an invaluable asset to initiatives driving transformative progress.

    julianne hendricksJulianne Hendricks, Research Associate

    Dr. Hendricks is a Research Associate at the Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research. She earned a Doctorate in Education, Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, and Bache-lor of Science in Criminal Justice, Corrections from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan. Her research experience focuses on correctional education and substance use prevention and inter-vention programs. She has worked on projects funded by the federal block grant and Safe and Drug Free Schools through the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) as well as local grants. She has authored numerous successful grants for substance use prevention strategies, taught evidence-based curriculums to incarcerated populations, and was a service provider for justice-involved youth.

    Research Assistants

    Noah ReynoldsNoah Reynolds, Graduate Research Assistant

    Mr. Noah Reynolds is a master’s student in the Social Science program. His research interests are focused on recidivism, reentry programs, restorative justice, and sentencing. Noah is primarily interested in reducing recidivism through community and prison programs. Noah hopes to use his experience with quantitative analysis to evaluate current programs and help promote and start new evidence-based programs.

    Rylie WartingerRylie Wartinger, Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Rylie Wartinger is a dedicated and accomplished individual with a passion for social sciences and community impact. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice, complemented by a minor in Philosophy. In addition to her undergraduate studies, Rylie is actively working towards her M.S. in Social Sciences through the 4 + 1 program.

    During her time with the center, she took the initiative to establish the student affiliate program at her institution. Furthermore, she has been actively involved in various research projects, including important initiatives such as Clemson University's Connect and Protect grant, the Clemson Law Enforcement Well-being study, the Jasper County Family Treatment Court, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office COSSAP grant, and the Oconee County Sheriff's Office COSSAP Grant. Rylie Wartinger is truly passionate about her position within the Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research. She aspires to leverage her knowledge, skills, and dedication to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others across all aspects of the community.

  • Advisory Board

    ryan Lee Miller, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate StudiesBryan Lee Miller, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Bryan Lee Miller is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (ADR) and professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Clemson University. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. Prior to coming to Clemson, he served as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and a Research Affiliate for the Rural Health Research Institute (RHRI) at Georgia Southern University. His work has evaluated drug abuse, probation practices, offender reentry, deviant peers, and drug treatment. He has worked on projects funded by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail, evaluate treatment courts, design law enforcement led initiatives to respond to individuals with mental illnesses, and support justice led programs to implement evidence-based practices to reduce substance abuse. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as the books Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Distribution (2014, Springer) and Marijuana in America (2022, ABC-CLIO). He is the Founding Director of the Clemson University Center for Criminal Justice and Social Research (CJSR), served as the 49th President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, past Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Research Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar at Tampere University, Finland, a recipient of the 2019 Clemson University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, a recipient of the 2022 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, and recipient of the 2022 College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research - Senior Scholar.

    Katherine WeisenseeKatherine Weisensee, Chair and Professor Dr. Weisensee’s research program focuses on innovative methods applied to health research along two distinct avenues. The first is research currently funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health, “Craniofacial Dysmorphology Associated with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome using Three-Dimensional Morphometrics” Small Research Grants for Establishing Basic Science-Clinical Collaborations to Understand Structural Birth Defects.” This research is in collaboration with Curtis Rogers, M.D., at the Greenwood Genetics Center. The project uses 3d photogrammetric methods for analyzing craniofacial features to determine the dysmorphologies associated with Phelan-McDermid (PMS) syndrome and to examine changes in growth and development patterns. The craniofacial 3d modeling of dysmorphologies in rare genetic diseases is in collaboration with Curtis Rogers, M.D., at the Greenwood Genetics Center. Dr. Rogers is one of the leading experts on PMS and he has been part of the community of scholars and family advocates since the syndrome was first identified.

    Natallia SiankoNatallia Sianko, Associate Professor Dr. Sianko is a broadly trained social scientist whose focus on research, teaching, and service activities transcend disciplinary boundaries and relates to various stakeholders, including the general scientific community, students, non-profit organizations, and governments. She contributes to the promotion of social justice and human rights, with a special focus on children and youth. Dr. Sianko’s research portfolio includes individual and collaborative initiatives on civic engagement and democratic competence among adolescents in established and aspiring democracies, help-seeking in adolescent dating violence, and monitoring and assessing the right to benefit from scientific progress. As an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methodology, advises graduate students in the research design and analysis, and oversees data collection, entry, and management of a multi-year, multi-site, federally funded research project.

    Kyle McLeanKyle McLean, Assistant Professor Dr. McLean graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2018 and was named the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Sciences (LEADS) Academic in 2019. Dr. McLean works with law enforcement officers across the country to assess and recommend evidence-based practices for police departments. Dr. McLean is currently leading a team of researchers that was awarded more than $892,000 from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate a police de-escalation training program.

    Heather Hensman KettreyHeather Hensman Kettrey, Associate Professor Dr. Kettrey is a sociologist whose research focuses on power, violence, and inequality specifically as they pertain to gender, sexuality, and race. Prior to arriving at Clemson, Dr. Kettrey held an appointment as a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute (PRI) and was a Senior Researcher at PRI's Meta-Analysis Center. Her most recent large-scale project is a meta-analysis that examines the effects of college sexual assault prevention programs on perpetration, victimization, and attitudes regarding sexual assault (with Co-Investigator Martie Thompson). Dr. Kettrey’s research has been funded by The Campbell Collaboration, March of Dimes, and the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. She remains committed to using empirical science to understand and alleviate tangible social problems and is always looking for student research collaborators.

  • Center Affiliates
  • Projects

    Acquisition of Common-Use Geophysical Equipment for Locating, Documenting and Protecting Archaeological and Cultural Resources on Clemson University Landscapes

    Allendale County Schools STOP School Violence Program

    An Evaluation of De-Escalation Training to Understand the Links between Training and Outcomes

    Assessment of Cognitive Performance-Based Training to Improve Police Decision-Making

    Childhood Adversities, Race, and Late-life Cognition: Socio-Behavioral Pathways

    Clemson University Police Behavioral Health Crisis Response Program

    Developing a Framework for Assessing Identity Development, Retention and Success of STEM Social and Behavioral Scientists (STEM-SBS): The Case of Sociology

    Evaluation of the Jasper County (MO) Family Treatment Court

    Explaining the Choice, Persistence, and Attrition of Black Students in Electrical, Computer, and Mechanical Engineering

    Flagler County Sheriff’s Office COSSAP Project

    GIS Application for Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database

    Greenville County (SC) COSSAP Initiative

    Jasper County (MO) Co-occurring Disorders Court Enhancement Initiative

    Jasper County (MO) Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative

    Oconee County (SC) Addiction Recovery & Solutions Initiative

    Oconee County Sheriff’s Office COSSUP Initiative

    Pennsylvania Sentencing Guidelines: Review and Revision

    Project Safe Neighborhoods: Reducing Violent Crime in Greenville, South Carolina

    Social Movement Impact on Policy Outcomes

    South Carolina COSSUP Initiative


  • Contact Us

    Location: Brackett 130I
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Phone: 864-656-3238

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
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