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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Laurie Drapela

Associate Professor
MMC 102F, WSU Vancouver
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Sociology, 2001, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Sociology, 1996, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Plan II Honors Program, 1992, University of Texas at Austin


Laurie A. Drapela, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests include probation officer discretion, the sociological impacts of prison siting, the implementation and operation of therapeutic courts, and offending desistance trajectories among youth. Her manuscripts have appeared in Crime & Delinquency, The Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Deviant Behavior, Youth & Society, and The Social Science Journal.

Courses Taught

Process and Institutions, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Corrections, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice, Violence Towards Women

Research Interests

Implementation and operation of therapeutic courts; Social Supports in Correctional Settings; Neurodiversity and Justice Practice; Offending desistance trajectories among youth.