Disrupting Criminalization in Education
The “Disrupting Criminalization in Education: A Trauma Informed Approach” core explores the criminalization of trauma and exclusionary discipline as barriers to educational excellence among African American and Latinx children. We bring a transdisciplinary, strengths-based approach to this problem that identifies multiple levels of influence and targets for intervention. Our goal is to support families, communities, and educators by providing alternatives to current practices through coordinating and facilitating access to, and evaluation of, evidence-based programs that contribute to children’s healing, resilience, empowerment and well-being to allow them to grow, learn, thrive and actively change their own destinies.
Transdisciplinary core team
- Susan Gooden, Ph.D.
- Interim dean and professor, Wilder School
Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D. is a recognized expert on social equity and disparity studies. Gooden is a past president of the American Society for Public Administration and she is an elected fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration.
- Ashlee Barnes, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor of criminal justice, Wilder School
Ashlee Barnes partners with team members to develop and evaluate interventions that cultivate educational equity for Black and LatinX adolescents. Her research promotes juvenile justice reform through developing approaches to eliminate racial/ethnic disparities and discriminatory school-based disciplinary practices. She offers expertise in risk assessment, ecological systems theory, and community-based research methodologies.
- William Pelfrey, Ph.D.
- Associate professor of criminal justice and chair of homeland security and emergency preparedness, Wilder School
Will Pelfrey's work addresses issues of programmatic effectiveness within the context of public safety, particularly revolving around law enforcement agencies. He has written numerous articles, book chapters and manuscripts as well as applied research reports for local, state and federal agencies.
- Andrew Daire, Ph.D.
- Dean and professor, VCU School of Education
Andrew Daire's research examines individual, couple, and family stability and economic mobility with an emphasis on those living in poverty. He has received over $15 million in external funding dollars to support his research, which is primarily community engaged.
- Charol Shakeshaft,Ph.D.
- Professor of educational leadership, School of Education
Charol Shakeshaft has been studying race and equity in schools for over three decades and is an American Education Research Association Fellow. Dr. Shakeshaft is currently involved working on leadership knowledge and strategies for creating trauma informed school cultures.
- Beth Angell, Ph.D.
- Dean, School of Social Work
Beth Angell is a fellow of the Society of Social Work and Research and serves on the editorial board of the journal Social Work in Mental Health. Angell’s research focuses on mental health and substance abuse treatment and has been supported by more than $10 million in grants from state and federal agencies and private organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.
- Nicole Corley, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor, School of Social Work
Nicole Corley brings experience in qualitative research methodologies and school-based program development in urban environments. Her research explores the lived experiences of Black students and Black single mothers using arts-based approaches and critical, culturally-relevant frameworks.
- Peter Buckley, M.D.
- Dean, School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs, VCU Health System
Peter F. Buckley, M.D. became the dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2017. A psychiatrist and expert in schizophrenia, Dr. Buckley is a professor of Psychiatry. He also is Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs for the VCU Health System.
- Kellie Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H.
- Associate professor, Department of Health Behavior and Policy
Kellie Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H., has expertise in program evaluation and provides a public health lens for understanding education as a social determinant of health. Dr. Carlyle has collaborated with community organizations that serve populations impacted by trauma for over 15 years.
- Valerie Slater
- Executive director, RISE for Youth Coalition
Valerie Slater advocates for the rights of youth in Virginia. Valerie’s experience spans advocacy for justice system involved youth and youth with disabilities in community, residential and juvenile justice facilities throughout the Commonwealth. Valerie is dedicated to advocacy in its many forms to preserve and protect our most valuable resource, our youth. She brings to her work an unwavering commitment to strengthening youth and communities to lead the efforts to realize their visions for change.
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