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Laura Hickman
Laura Hickman
  • Director, CCJ Online
  • Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice Division 
  • 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 (College Park) 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 Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Research Policy Institute (CJPRI) and teaches courses 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. Her most recent work includes co-directing 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 320: Theories of Crime and Justice (Campus)
    CCJ 330: Crime Control Strategies (CCJ Online)
    CCJ 199: Careers in Crime (Campus)
    CCJ 410: Crime Myths (Campus)

  • Contact Information
    Urban Building, 570C
    (503) 725-5201
    lhickman@pdx.edu