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Kevin T. Wolff , PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice 
John Jay College of  Criminal Justice

Kevin T. Wolff is an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Wolff joined the John Jay faculty in 2014 after earning his Ph.D. from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. In addition to working with both the Research and Evaluation Center and the Data Collaborative for Justice on a number of large-scale research projects, Dr. Wolff plays a large role in the crimi-nal justice doctoral program as a member of the core faculty and is actively conduct-ing research of his own with a number of graduate students.

The bulk of Dr. Wolff’s research focuses on juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice policy. In addition to his extensive work which explores the association between adverse childhood experiences and juvenile outcomes, he has published a number of papers related to the risk-needs-responsivity model for effective treatment, the importance of trauma informed care, and the impact adolescent mobility on juvenile recidivism. Recently, Dr. Wolff’s project on dynamic risk assessment and trajectories in juvenile offending was funded by the National Institute of Justice (in the amount of $116,447). This project will be one of the first to examine whether juve-niles’ risk factors (across a number of life domains) change during their time on juvenile probation and if this change is associated with delinquent behavior during adolescence. This project will rely heavily on the vast data resources available from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and will utilize a number of ad-vanced analytic techniques such as group-based dual trajectory modeling and dynamic panel data approaches.

Along with his colleague Dr. Eric Piza, Dr. Wolff has also recently received funding from the City of Paterson, New Jersey ($97,270) to assess the city’s response to the opioid crisis. This year-long study will include a stringent synthetic control matching design in order to assess whether provider outreach and other overdose prevention measures are effective in reducing serious overdoses and opioid related deaths in the City of Pater-son.

Since joining John Jay College, Dr. Wolff has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles. His work has appeared in a number of high-impact journals in the field, including: Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Finally, Dr. Wolff has recently received a number of research awards including The Feliks Gross Award from The City University of New York and best paper of the year award from Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. He lives in Beacon, New York with his wife Sarah, who is a veterinarian, and their 3 year-old son Eli.