Valerie Anderson

Valerie R. Anderson

Assistant Professor

Teachers College


CECH Criminal Justice - 0389

Professional Summary

Professor Anderson received her Ph.D. in community psychology from Michigan State University in 2015 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine prior to joining the faculty in 2016. The central focus of her research program is to understand juvenile corrections and victimization, and—more specifically—the circumstances and contexts in which these areas intersect. Given that framework, her research program includes two primary substantive areas of inquiry: (1) the juvenile justice system, and (2) the scope and impact of human trafficking. Her examination of these specific topics spans multiple ecological levels of analysis (e.g., individual, relational, environmental, socio-structural) and utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches.
Dr. Anderson has recently served as the principal investigator on two funded studies: (1) a state-wide human trafficking prevalence study funded by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, (2) a study examining the health-related characteristics and context of girls in juvenile detention funded through Cincinnati Children’s CCTST Partnership Development Grant. She also served as the principal investigator on an American Psychological Association funded public policy grant examining gender-responsive practices in the juvenile justice system.  Her research is featured in a variety of criminal justice, public health, and psychology journals.

Research Support

Grant: #2016-JG-HT-P6096 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie; Sullivan, Christopher 07-01-2017 -12-31-2018 Bureau of Justice Assistance Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio Role:PI $100,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #CCTST PDG 2018 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie 04-01-2018 -12-01-2020 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Examining the Characteristics and Context of Detained Girls’ Needs Role:PI $4,990.50 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #2019-JG-E01-V6465 Investigators:Anderson, Valerie 01-01-2022 -08-31-2022 Bureau of Justice Assistance Validating the Human Trafficking Screening Tool for Justice System-Involved Youth Role:PI 35617.13 Hold Level:Federal

Honors and Awards

2021 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award University of Cincinnati

2020 New Scholar Award American Society of Criminology Division on Women & Crime

2020 Faculty Researcher of the Year American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology

2020 Impact Award Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Victimology Section

2020 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Young Scholar Award Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Section