Archived News | Return to News Center

March 25, 2010

ULM Criminal Justice Professors present at national conference

Drs. Dean Lanham and Attapol Kuanliang, assistant professors of criminal justice, and Dr. Robert Hanser, department head and associate professor of criminal justice, recently presented research at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in San Diego, Calif.

Kelly Wright, adjunct instructor of criminal justice and employee at the local non-profit Center for Children and Families, attended and presented collaborative research conducted between ULM and her agency.

Lanham, Kuanliang and Hanser participated in a joint panel titled “The Clash of Ethics and Culture in Criminal Justice,” which examined professional standards and training in the fields of policing and correctional work.

Lanham gave three presentations at the conference.

The first, “Ethical Conduct for Law Enforcement,” discussed ethics issues encountered by police around the nation, highlighting both obvious and discrete issues that confront policing personnel.

The second, “Assessing Risk and Determining Outcomes of Interventions with Youth,” discussed the link between risk assessment and evidence-based outcomes in developing interventions for youth.

His last presentation, “Social Control of Juveniles: Key Factors to Juvenile Delinquency through Informal Social Control,” examined the impact of informal social controls on risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency.

Kuanliang’s presentation, “Ethical and Cultural Mores in Thailand: Understanding Police in Thailand,” highlighted cultural influences that shape standards regarding police professionalism by comparing the development of the policing profession in Thailand with the United States.

Hanser’s presentation, “The Effect of Higher Education on the Work Performance of Correctional and Police Officers,” provided observations on academy-level trainee performance based on prior levels of education that is obtained.

Wright’s presentation, “A Systemic Approach to Juvenile Corrections: An Evaluation of a Family Preservation Program in a Rural Setting,” examined three years of program outcomes associated with the Family Foundations Family Preservation Program at The Center for Children and Families. Wright, Kuanliang and marriage and family therapy Graduate Student Tyler Hebert conducted research for the presentation collaboratively.

The Department of Criminal Justice collaborated with the faculty in their research.

“I am really proud to be affiliated with these professionals,” Hanser said. “Each one is an expert in their chosen areas of specialty and their attendance allowed them to showcase their expertise, as well as ULM’s positive reputation among other scholars and practitioners.”

PLEASE NOTE: Some links and e-mail addresses in these archived news stories may no longer work, and some content may include events which are no longer relevent, or reference individuals and/or organizations no longer associated with ULM.