Summer Institutes

Conducting Intervention Research in Criminal Justice Settings

Dates: July 25-29, 2022

Location: Zoom

Daily Schedule: 9am – 4pm, Monday - Friday

Instructor: Carrie Pettus, PhD, MSW, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development


This workshop will prepare you to design and research behavioral or policy interventions that address needs, problems, and conditions related to criminal justice involvement and the criminal justice system. 

The overall focus of workshop activities is on the process of designing and developing a behavioral or policy intervention manual and an NIH (or equivalent) research grant proposal.

In discussions, Dr. Pettus will draw on her more than two decades of intervention work in criminal justice settings and expertise in intervention research to guide participants through real-world intervention research challenges and identify strategies to overcome those challenges. Participants will examine proposals developed in the course, provide consultations for each other, and leave with strengthened products that can lead immediately into private and public funding proposals.

This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Early investigators, such as early-career professors, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students in Social Work, Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Marriage and Family, and Criminology disciplines.
  • Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
  • Attendees earn 30 CEUs for completing the Summer Institute.


  1. Identify and assess the socio-political dynamics involved in defining and analyzing a specific social need, problem, or condition experienced within the criminal justice system at the societal and institutional, organizational, familial and interpersonal, and individual levels;
  2. Analyze a need, problem, or condition relevant to the criminal justice population and identify the implications of different levels and kinds of analysis for designing appropriate interventions;
  3. Assess the theoretical and empirical support for alternative interventions that address a selected need, problem, or condition with a criminal justice-involved population or system.
  4. Describe and critically assess a logical sequence of development that guides the design, implementation, and research of behavioral, social, or policy interventions;
  5. Apply a systematic approach to designing interventions that are responsive to conditions that are unique to the criminal justice system/involvement.
  6. Select and apply appropriate research methodology in researching interventions;
  7. Demonstrate awareness of the interplay of different levels of intervention and moderators such as age, class, culture, disability status, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, and sexual preference in designing, implementing, and modifying interventions;
  8. Generate hypotheses for guiding empirical inquiry for testing interventions;
  9. Apply theory construction strategies and techniques for building interventions;
  10. Delineate effective strategies for collaboration between academic individuals or groups, service providers, and corrections leaders in designing, implementing, and researching interventions in criminal justice settings.

See what our 2021 Summer Institute participants said about the workshop:

  • "I plan on immediately integrating what I learned to ensure the highest quality of intervention research protocol. I can't wait to jump into my next project."
  • "This highly interactive workshop provided me with concrete tools to advance my grant writing and funding potential."
  • "I learned an incredible amount. I appreciate the time and knowledge that went into this educational opportunity."
  • "The training was important to clarify doubts regarding the process required when conducting this kind of research."
  • "I learned the importance of grounding interventions in theory, the different types of funding that are available, and the value of building up relationships."


  • Early Bird Pricing (before May 31, 2022): $1,000
  • June 1, 2022 and after: $1,250
  • Refund Policy: Cancellations made by the attendee prior to June 25, 2022 will receive a full refund minus a 15% processing fee.
  • To pay by check, please contact Amberly Prykhodko:

Other costs and considerations:

  • Attend Virtually: A limited number of virtual seats are available. Sessions are designed to be highly interactive.
  • CEUs: Attendees who wish to receive continuing education units (CEUs) will receive a certificate of completion that indicates participation in this course. They may use this certificate to verify 30 CEUs earned by submitting it to their licensing board.