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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Jacqueline van Wormer

Jacqueline van Wormer, SmilingAdjunct Professor
Wilson-Short 118, WSU Pullman
Curriculum Vitae





Ph.D., Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2010, Washington State University


Jacqueline van Wormer has been a faculty member (Adjunct and Assistant Professor) in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology since 2011. In addition, she is the Director of Research for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Before this appointment she was an Associate Professor in Sociology at Whitworth University. Before entering into academia, she held various positions in the criminal justice field, including serving as the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Administrator, MacArthur Foundation Coordinator for the Benton/Franklin Counties Juvenile Court, Intervention Services Manager, Probation Supervisor and Coordinator for both the Adult and Juvenile Drug programs in Benton/Franklin Counties. She has lectured and trained extensively across the country and internationally on issues related to courts, pretrial reform and the drug court model.

van Wormer received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Washington State University. She was awarded the 2017 WSU Woman of Distinction (alumna category) for her work in criminal and juvenile justice reform.  Current areas of study and research focus on court responses to the opioid epidemic, measuring implementation challenges in the use of evidence-based practices; bail and pretrial justice reform, juvenile justice trends, and interagency collaborative partnership “drift” within court models. She as 20 peer reviewed published articles, three book chapters and dozens of technical reports focused on risk/need tool development, court model fidelity, detention alternatives, effective treatment options for offenders, and collaboration among social service agencies. She has successfully secured and served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $13.5 million in grants and contracts, all focused on criminal justice systems improvements.

Courses Taught

Courts, Program Evaluation, Juvenile Justice and Corrections (undergraduate and graduate), Drugs and Crime, Statistics (undergraduate), Crime and Media, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Violence Towards Women

Research Interests

Corrections; community corrections; treatment courts; implementation challenges within evidence-based practice adoption.

Recent Publications

Carey, S., van Wormer, J.G., Johnson, A. (2022). Responding to a State of Emergency: The Creation of a New Triage to Treatment Court Model to Address the Opioid Crisis. Journal for Advancing Justice, 4, 5-21.

Mei, X., van Wormer, J. G., Abboud, M., Lu, R., & Lutze, F. (2019) Collaboration: A Mechanism of Drug Court Model Adherence. Journal of Drug Issues, 49, (2) 253-278.

Mei, X., van Wormer, J. G., Abboud, M., Lu, R., & Lutze, F.  (2018) Reasons for Success: Differences in Model Adherence between Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 49 (2) 253-278.

Campbell, C., Hamilton, Z., van Wormer, J.G., Abboud, M., & Posey, B. (2018) “Evidence-based or Just  Promising? Lessons Learned in Taking Inventory of State Correctional Programming.” Justice Evaluation Journal, 1 (2), 188-214.