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
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)
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:
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.
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,
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:
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
Intersection of Criminal Justice and Public Health
Correctional Practices Including Supervision and Treatment of Offenders
factors that influence criminal sentencing
The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann, M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
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."
— Adam Stubley, B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson, Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr, V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith, Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith, Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta, Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward, Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen, Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual, Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),