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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology April Kraft-Duley

April Kraft-Duley, SmilingPh.D. Candidate
Wilson-Short 10G, WSU Pullman




Ph.D., Criminal Justice and Criminology, (In Progress), Washington State University
M.A., Teaching,  2013, University of Louisville, Kentucky
M.A., Forensic Psychology, 2010, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
B.A., Psychology, 2008, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


April Kraft-Duley is a PhD candidate at Washington State University. She received her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and worked as a Social Worker in Child Protection Services. She went back to school to become a teacher and received her Master’s in teaching. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 5 years. Her experiences with social work and teaching, resulted in an interest in juvenile justice, equity in schools, and school violence. She is currently working on her dissertation. April’s dissertation will be the first systematic analysis of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 grant process. April is developing a coding instrument controlling for the quality of the application. Her theoretical frame is based on evidence-based practices, categorizing requested funding expenditures into no, low, medium, and high efficacy, proactive/reactive, and punitive/restorative. While exploratory and evaluative, this dissertation will be the first mapping the grant process, examining those accepted and rejected applications. 

Courses Taught

Criminal Law, Violence Towards Women, Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society, and Juvenile Justice and Corrections

Research Interests

School Violence, School Safety Measures, School Violence and Moral Panic, Juvenile Justice, Implicit Bias, Bullying and Harassment, Program Evaluations.