Wed Jan 22, 2014
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Dr. Ronet BachmanDr. Ronet Bachman is a professor and former chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She will present "Roads Diverge: Long Term Desistance Patterns for Drug Involved Offenders" as the first Beto Chair Lecture of the Spring 2014 semester.
Dr. Bachman has co-authored several research methods texts in criminology and criminal justice, including The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Bachman’s latest project examines the trajectories of drug-involved offenders 10 years after their release from prison. The study, funded by the National Institute of Justice, follows the criminal and drug histories of a cohort of 300 drug-involved offenders over a 10 to 15 year period. By collecting data on demographic characteristics, life history events, mental and physical health as well as attitudes and behaviors, the study tracks trends in offending behavior, including desisters, persisters, maturational and others.
The study was undertaken by the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies at the University of Delaware, a national institute dedicated to producing, disseminating and utilizing scientific knowledge in substance abuse and other health risk behaviors among hard to reach populations of adults and youth. The Institute studies the etiology, patterns, consequences, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse; the epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases; and the prevalence and patterns of health risks among adolescents and young adults.
In addition to her contribution to books on research practices, Bachman served as co-editor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory and co-author of Murder American Style; Culture, Stress and Aggression; and Violence: The Enduring Problem. She has written numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations.
Bachman did her undergraduate work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota and her graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, where she received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. Before joining the University of Delaware in 1995, she was a Statistician and Research Analyst at the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Bachman was associate editor of Criminology and sits on the editorial boards of Homicide Studies, the Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency, Women and Criminal Justice, Crime and Public Policy and The Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.