Criminal Justice Doctoral Students

Tabrina Bratton (2018)

Tabrina Bratton is a PhD Candidate and research assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Arts in History and Minor in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 2014. Tabrina is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and the Sex Offense Policy Research (SOPR) Workgroup. Her research interests include policy processes, LGBTQ public opinions and attitudes, social media and criminal behavior, as well as community and institutional corrections. Tabrina can be reached at tmbratton@ualr.edu.  View Tabrina’s Vita.

 

Whitney Gass (2015)

Whitney Gass is a PhD Candidate at UA Little Rock and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Behavioral and Social Science Department at Southern Arkansas University. Her research interests include college campus crime and victimization. Whitney has presented original research at regional, national, and international conferences and has three publications to her credit. She is a wife and mother and enjoys spending quality time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, baking, and cooking. View Whitney’s Vita.

 

Mary Hannah Hughes (2018)Mary Hughes received her B.A. (2015) from Western Carolina University and M.A. (2017) from East Tennessee State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Her areas of interest include health & crime, correctional healthcare, rural crime, prison re-entry programs, race, gender, and inmate inequality, and special populations. Mary Hannah can be reached at mhhughes@ualr.edu. View Mary Hannah’s Vita.

 

Tionna Miller (2020)Arsala Khan is currently a graduate assistant and student instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Arsala received both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in History from Henderson State University. They also hold a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Their research interests include Muslim identities, black criminology, punitive attitudes and public attitudes. Arsala can be reached at aakhan1@ualr.edu. View Arsala’s Vita.

 

Tionna Miller (2020)Tionna S. Miller is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received both her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Much of her research interest and specialty has been within Corrections, mainly focusing on alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice, mass incarceration and re-entry. Before returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, she spent a few years doing individual and group clinical therapy sessions, with those who were formerly incarcerated. Tionna can be reached at tsmiller1@ualr.edu.  View Tionna’s Vita.

Cassidy Mitchell (2020)Cassidy Mitchell is a doctoral student and research assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Science (2017) in Psychology and Religion from Illinois College and Masters of Arts (2019) in Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research interests include domestic violence offending, sexual offending, and domestic violence and sexual crime victimization. Cassidy can be reached at cmitchell1@ualr.eduView Cassidy’s Vita.

Kimbla Newsom (2020)Kimbla Newsom is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her B.A. (1999) in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology from the University of Arkansas, and M.A. (2003) in Criminal Justice from UA Little Rock. Kimbla has been working in the field of juvenile justice for over 20 years; primarily in state government agencies in Maryland, Texas, and Arkansas. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency prevention and early intervention programs, juvenile justice policies and practices, school-to-prison pipeline, disproportionate minority contact, and adverse childhood experiences as it relates to crime and delinquency. Kimbla can be reached at kdnewsom@ualr.edu. View to view Kimbla’s Vita.

Trye Price (2020)Trye Price is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received his B.A. (2018) and M.A. (2020) in Criminal Justice from UA of Little Rock. Currently, he works as a research assistant and a teaching instructor. His research interest includes Queer Criminology, homelessness, and victimization. Trye can be reached at tmprice@ualr.edu. View Trye Price’s Vita.

 

 

Kilby Raptopoulos (2018)Kilby Raptopoulos earned her B.A. in Political Science from Lyon College in 2004 and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock in 2008. Mrs. Raptopoulos is a former criminal probation officer and is currently an Advanced Instructor teaching full time in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Mrs. Raptopoulos’ research interests include sex offenders, mentoring as a prevention strategy for juvenile delinquency, and empathy as it relates to Criminal Justice students. Kilby can be reached at vkerwin@ualr.edu. View Kilby’s vita.

Lacey Roughton (2020)

Lacey Roughton is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University in 2012. Her research interests include victimization, religion and crime, and women and crime. Lacey can be reached at lroughton@ualr.edu. View Lacey’s Vita.

 

 

Natalie Snow (2018)

Natalie Snow received her Bachelor of Social Science Criminal Justice from Humber College (Toronto, ON) and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University (Lewiston, NY). She began the doctoral program in Criminal Justice at UA Little Rock in Fall 2017, with an expected graduation in May 2021. She served as the President of the Graduate Student Association and as an executive on the Student Government Association. She is a member of the Canadian Sociological Association, American Society of Criminology, Canadian Criminal Justice Association, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her research interests include sexual violence, social media and crime, sex work, Indigenous criminology. Natalie can be reached at nmsnow@ualr.edu  View Natalie’s vita.

Mollee Steely (2018)

Mollee Steely is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She received her Bachelors of Arts (2016) and Master of Arts (2018) in Criminal Justice from UA Little Rock. Currently, she serves as a research project coordinator for the Center for Health Services Research’s Health and the Legal System (HEALS) Lab in the Psychiatric Research Institute at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She coordinates projects related to assessing services provided to women who are pregnant while incarcerated and the implementation of therapy targeting traumatic stress sequelae among incarcerated people with a history of drug use. Her research interests include sex offending, implementation science in correctional programming, and community-based participatory research. Mollee can be reached at mksteely@ualr.edu. View Mollee’s vita.

Haley Trantham (2020)

Haley Trantham is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas (2018) and is finishing her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her research interests include crime and media, sexual victimization, and policy research. Haley can be reached at hbtrantham@ualr.edu.  View Haley’s vita.

 

Mary Wuestewald (2018)Mary Wuestewald has been an Instructor of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University (Michigan) and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University (Michigan), where she served as a graduate teaching assistant. Her areas of interest include policing, the impact of media bias on the criminal justice system, and criminal psychology. She teaches the following courses: Criminology, Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, Psychology and Crime, Serial Killers, Violent Offenders, and Wrongful Convictions. Mrs. Wuestewald is currently a PhD Candidate in the PhD in Criminal Justice program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mary can be reached at miwuestewald@ualr.edu.  View Mary’s vita.