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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education




Seminar on Sex Offenders

 August 31, 2006

The National Academies

Keck Building, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC



Thursday, August 31, 2006

1:30 pm



James Q. Wilson, Emeritus
UCLA and Committee Chair

Michael J. Feuer, Executive Director
Division on the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
The National Academies


Glenn T. Schmitt, Acting Director
National Institute of Justice

2:00 pm


Robert Prentky Ph.D., Director of Research
Justice Resource Institute, Bridgewater, MA


Kim English, Director of Research
Colorado Division of Criminal Justice

2:30-3:30 pm

Judith Becker, Professor of Psychology
University of Arizona


Doris MacKenzie, Professor of Criminology
University of Maryland

3:30-3:45 pmBREAK
3:45-4:45 pm


Kurt Bumby, Senior Manager
Center for Effective Public Policy



4:45-5:15 pm



Mark Moore
Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organizations and Faculty Chair, Hauser Center
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA  








Speakers Biographical Data


Judith Becker is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona where she teaches courses on Forensic Assessment, Violence and Youth, and Developmental Psychopathology. She is the past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the past President of the International Academy of Sex Research and past President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She also served on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She recently completed a term as Editor of the journal Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. She has received numerous grants from NIMH and recently served as a co-investigator on two OJJDP grants. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters on the topic of sexual violence.  Dr. Becker, for the past two decades, has been interested both clinically and from a research point of view on youth who commit sexual offenses. She has published numerous articles and chapters on that topic. The research she has conducted with her students has shown that juveniles who commit sex offenses are a diverse group, that not all youth who commit one sexual offense go on to commit additional sex offenses, that it is important to not take a one-size-fits-all approach to intervention with this population, and that intervention approaches should be guided by the empirical literature.


Kurt Bumby is a forensic psychologist, receiving his doctoral degree from the Law/Psychology and Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the past several years, he has had a diverse career in the juvenile justice and adult criminal justice fields, maintaining roles as an administrator, clinician, consultant, and researcher. Currently, he is a Senior Manager with the Center for Effective Public Policy, a private, nonprofit criminal justice consulting organization based in the Washington, DC area. As part of his responsibilities, he plays an active role in the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) project, a national training and technical assistance effort administered by the Center on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. In addition, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry/Medical Psychology with the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Among his prior positions, Dr. Bumby was the Assistant Deputy Director and Clinical Director for the Missouri Division of Youth Services; he also served as the Director of Juvenile and Sex Offender Services and the Assistant Director of Correctional Mental Health Services for a private behavioral health corporation. He has provided expert testimony, training, and consultation services to jurisdictions throughout the country on a range of criminal and juvenile justice issues. Dr. Bumby has published in several professional journals and books on a variety of forensic topics such as sex offender management, youth violence, juvenile justice, child maltreatment, prisoner reentry, and alternative sentencing options for adults and juveniles. In 1994 he received the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Graduate Research Award for Research Excellence in the Field of Sex Offender Treatment, and was a co-recipient of the Hugo G. Beigel Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 1996. Dr. Bumby is a Clinical Member of ATSA and serves as a State Public Policy Representative, and is a clinical member of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders.


Kim English is the director of research for the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, the criminal justice state planning agency, where she manages a staff of professional researchers engaged in a variety of criminal and juvenile justice research and policy analysis activities. Ms. English has been the principal investigator on a number of studies of funded by the National Institute of Justice, including two national studies of the management of sexual offenders, one of which resulted in the book Managing Adult Sex Offenders: A Containment Approach, published by the American Probation and Parole Association. Other projects include the development of actuarial risk assessment scales for women, men and sexual offenders; two studies of juveniles with sexual behavior problems; an evaluation of the sex offender treatment program at the Colorado Department of Corrections; and an implementation study of the state’s Sex Offender Management Board’s Standards and Guidelines for the treatment and monitoring of sex offenders. An important NIJ study currently underway is the identification and documentation of promising practices for the prevention and intervention of sexual assault in jails and juvenile facilities nationwide. Ms. English recently co-authored chapters in The Sexual Predator Vol. III: Law and Public Policy (edited by Schlank), Sexually Coercive Behavior: Understanding and Management (edited by Prentky, Janus and Seto) and Sexually Violent Offenders: Law and Policy in North America (edited by Winick and Lafond). She has published in Journal of Child Abuse; Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment; Seton Hall Law Review; Psychology, Public Policy and Law; and Polygraph. Ms. English is an associate editor of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Polygraph. She is the recipient of recognition awards from the American Polygraph Association, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance.


Elizabeth Loftus is Distinguished Professor at the University of California - Irvine. She holds faculty positions in both Criminology, Law & Society and in Psychology and Social Behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. Since then, she has published 20 books and over 400 scientific articles. Loftus's research of the last 30 years has focused on human memory, eyewitness testimony and also on courtroom procedure. She has shown that human memory is highly malleable; Details can be altered, and entire events can be planted into people's memories. These findings have important implications for the legal system and its use of memory as evidence. She has been recognized for this research with five honorary doctorates and election to the National Academy of Sciences. She is a past president of the Association for Psychological Science, and was twice president of the Western Psychological Association.


Doris Layton MacKenzie is a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She earned her masters and doctorate degrees in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2007, as a Fulbright Research Scholar, she will examine China’s new community corrections programs. She has recently completed a book titled: “What Works in Corrections: Examining the Criminal Activities of Offenders and Delinquents” (2006, Cambridge University Press). This work summarizes her systematic reviews and meta-analyses of evaluations of correctional management strategies and rehabilitation programs. She has co-edited two recent books: “Correctional Boot Camps: Military Basic Training or a Model for Corrections?” (2004, Sage Publications) and “Different Crimes, Different Criminals” (in press, Lexis/Nexis/Anderson). She has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees and was invited to present her work at the United Nations, Vienna. She is a fellow and currently president-elect of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, vice-president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and past chair of the Division on Corrections and Sentencing, ASC. She has received the ASC Bloch and the Most Distinguished Scientist award from the Division on corrections and Sentencing, ASC. She was awarded a visiting scientist position at the National Institute of Justice. In this capacity she provided expertise to federal, state and local jurisdictions on correctional boot camps, correctional policy, intermediate sanctions, and research design and methodology. Her work focuses on examining and changing offender behavior. She has completed a large number of studies on correctional boot camps.


Lorraine McDonnell is a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the politics of education policy, and most recently on the value controversies surrounding student testing policies. She is currently a member of the NRC's Advisory Committee for the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE), and she has served on six other NRC boards and committees, including as co-chair of the Committee for the Redesign of the U.S. Naturalization Tests. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, and was named a National Associate of the Academies in 2003.


Robert Prentky is Director of Research at the Justice Resource Institute. Dr. Prentky was Chief Psychologist and Director of Research at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons from 1980 until 1993. He held faculty positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University, and the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. In September, 1993, he assumed the position of Director of Clinical and Forensic Services at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. The Institute is a private, non-profit psychiatric agency that provides services to the victims and perpetrators of sexual crimes. In addition to overseeing forensic and clinical services, he managed a grant-supported research program. In July, 1997, Dr. Prentky returned to the Massachusetts in the employ of Justice Resource Institute. Dr. Prentky has worked as a forensic psychologist for the past twenty years. He has assessed or supervised the assessment of approximately 2,000 sexual offenders and paraphilics, primarily for the criminal justice system. He has also evaluated or supervised the evaluation of 50+ female sexual offenders, 100+ adolescent sexual offenders, and numerous "impaired professionals" [individuals who exploit positions of power and authority to sexually abuse children and subordinates]. He has testified in state and federal court several hundred times. Dr. Prentky has been the principal or co-principal investigator on 11 state and federal grants. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for 17 journals. He chaired 2 conferences for the New York Academy of Sciences on sexual offenders (1988 & 2002), the scientific program for the Annual meeting of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and guest edited an issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior on the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders (1994). In 1997, Safer Society published a workbook by Prentky and Edmunds on Assessing Sexual Abuse, and in 2000 Plenum published a book by Prentky and Burgess on Forensic Management of Sexual Offenders. In 1998, he received the Significant Achievement Award from ATSA. He was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (2003) and the Association for Psychological Science (2006). 


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