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Jeffrey Rosky

Jeffrey W. Rosky

, Ph.D., M.S., B.A.
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
Employed Since: August 2010

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  • Research


My educational background includes a Ph.D in Criminal Justice from Washington State University, an M.S. in Biometrics from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in Statistics from Rutgers University. My professional background includes extensive experience as a researcher in a variety of disciplines within criminal justice and healthcare. Prior to my academic career, I served as a Senior Statistical Analyst for the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and as the Chief Statistician for the Montana Department of Corrections.


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Washington State University, 2010
  • M.S., Biometrics, University of Colorado, 1998
  • B.A., Statistics, Rutgers University, 1990
  • Research

    I have an active research agenda that covers four basic domains: 1) the intersection of criminal justice and public health, 2) correctional practices including supervision and treatment of offenders, 3) factors that influence criminal sentencing, and 4) research methods.

    Recent publications include:

    Rosky, J.W. Forthcoming. More Polygraph Futility: A Comment on Jensen, Shafer, Roby, and Roby (2015). Journal of Interpersonal Violence. First published online February 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/0886260515570752

    Magers, M.L. and Rosky, J.W. Forthcoming. Dangerousness or Diminished Capacity? Exploring the Association of Gender and Mental Illness with Violent Offense Sentence Length. American Journal of Criminal Justice. First published online June 26, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s12103-014-9267-1

    Lutze, F., Rosky, J.W. and Hamilton, Z.K. 2014. Homelessness and Reentry: A Multisite Outcome Evaluation of Washington State's Reentry Housing Program for High Risk Offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41:471-491. First published online December 19, 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0093854813510164

    Potter, R.H. and Rosky, J.W. 2014. The Healthy Prison. In F.T. Cullen, C.L. Jonson, and M.K. Stohr (Eds), The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Potter, R.H. and Rosky, J.W. 2013. Health Issues. In C. Marcum and T. Castle (Eds), Sex in Prison: Myths and Realities. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers

    Ambrose, M. and Rosky, J.W. 2013. Prisoners' Round: Examining the Literature on Recreation and Exercise in Correctional Facilities. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology 2:362-370. DOI: 10.6000/1929-4409.2013.02.34

    Rosky, J.W. 2013. The (F)utility of Post-Conviction Polygraph Testing. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 25:259-281. First published online August 22, 2012, DOI: 10.1177/1079063212455668

    Potter, R.H. and Rosky, J.W. 2013. The Iron Fist in the Latex Glove: The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Public Health. American Journal of Criminal Justice 38(2):276-288. First published online June 12, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s12103-012-9173-3

    Research Interests

    • research methods
    • Intersection of Criminal Justice and Public Health
    • Correctional Practices Including Supervision and Treatment of Offenders
    • factors that influence criminal sentencing

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    My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
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