Wendy Guastaferro Ph.D.
Wendy P. Guastaferro is the Interim Director and Associate Professor in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Associate Dean of Research with the College of Design & Social Inquiry. Dr. Guastaferro’s research centers on effective behavioral health (primarily substance abuse and mental health) treatments and policies within community, jail, and prison settings. Dr. Guastaferro’s current project is a quasi-experimental study looking at the effect of implementing parenting, trauma-care services, and a program of pro-social leisure activities focused on community and family oriented events (called the Social Recovery Initiative (SRI)) to an adult felony-level drug court and a family (drug) treatment court. Dr. Guastaferro is the co-PI on this study funded by the US HHS Administration for Children and Families 5-year, $4.9 million grant. Her latest research examines how well current treatment services meet the criminogenic and substance abuse treatment needs of participants in drug courts and the impact of peer support for women with opioid use disorder. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Offender Treatment and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Drug Issues, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Guastaferro teaches courses in criminal justice policy, health and justice, courts, and program evaluation.