Faculty Spotlight on Dr. Kristie Blevins

Dr. Blevins Spotlight

Associate Professor Kristie Blevins joined the faculty in 2011.  She teaches courses in research methods, applied criminal justice analysis, and corrections.  Currently, Dr. Blevins is involved with in three primary research projects.  One study is an examination of target selection techniques used by burglars in the commission of their crimes.  She, along with graduate student Alyson Kershaw and colleagues at two other universities, are collecting data from 1500 inmates in three states to learn more about how burglars select their targets, how they commit their crimes, and what elements (e.g., alarms, lighting, signs) serve as effective deterrents.  Results from this study will be available in early December.

Dr. Blevins also is a principal investigator for the 2012 Parental Aggression Survey, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.  She and her research partners (Professor David C. May and graduate student Kristin Moore) have surveyed certified educators in public schools in Kentucky to learn about perceived levels, sources, and consequences of aggressive parental behavior in their schools.  This project will be completed this fall.

Most recently, Dr. Blevins and graduate student Conrad Lanham have been examining the occupational responsibilities of conservation officers in Kentucky.  This research involves a qualitative analysis of the occupational role of conservation officers, as well as a quantitative analysis of the types of citations issued by these officers during the last six years.  The bulk of this research is being conducted as part of Mr. Conrad’s Master’s thesis and will be completed next year.

Published on August 07, 2012