Cassandra Atkin-Plunk, Ph.D.
Dr. Cassandra Atkin-Plunk is the Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests span both institutional and community corrections with an emphasis on contemporary issues in corrections, including the reentry and reintegration of offenders and problem-solving courts. Dr. Atkin-Plunk examines evidence-based practices and conducts program and policy evaluations in an effort to identify what works in corrections. She is the recipient of over $440,000 in external funding and recently contracted with the Palm Beach County Public Safety Department to conduct a randomized-control trial and evaluation of a transitional job program for citizens returning to Palm Beach County. Dr. Atkin-Plunk’s research is largely community-based, and she won the 2018 FAU Presidential Award for Outstanding Community-Engaged Research. Her research has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Dr. Atkin-Plunk teaches courses in Corrections, Capital Punishment, Ethics in the Justice System, and International Criminal Justice Systems.