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Laura J. Hickman
Laura J. Hickman
  • Director, CCJ Online
  • Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice 
  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Administration of Justice, Portland State University
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Oregon

Dr. Hickman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She spent seven years as a researcher at the RAND Corporation before coming to Portland State in 2007. Currently, Dr. Hickman serves as Director of Criminology & Criminal Justice Online program and works with students both online and on campus.

The focus of Dr. Hickman's research is on evaluating and improving criminal justice policy and practice. Her work covers a range of topics including capital punishment, domestic violence, corrections, and immigration. Dr. Hickman is widely published and her peer-reviewed body of work has been cited in more than 1,000 articles and research reports.  Recent work includes co-leading the National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This 15-site experimental evaluation examined the effects of promising interventions designed to ameliorate the harms of children's exposure to violence.

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Current Courses
CCJ 320U: Theories of Crime and Justice (Campus)
CCJ 330U: Crime Control Strategies (CCJ Online)
CCJ 399: Careers in Crime (Campus)
CCJ 410: Crime Myths (Campus)

Contact Information
Urban Building, 570C
(503) 725-5201