Mauri Matsuda, Ph.D.

Mauri MatsudaAssistant Professor

Criminology & Criminal Justice

550C Urban Center Building

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Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park
Certificate in Population Studies, Maryland Population Research Center
M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park
B.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, Portland State University

Dr. Mauri Matsuda is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology & Criminal Justice Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she worked on the Rochester Youth Development and Intergenerational Studies on projects related to longitudinal and intergenerational patterns in aggression, delinquency, and criminal behavior, risk and protective factors for child maltreatment and partner violence, and consequences of parental incarceration for child outcomes. Her primary research interests center on justice-impacted and -involved families and youth and examination of behavioral health issues that intersect with justice system involvement. In addition, she is interested in development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices, programs, and policies in criminal justice and overlapping systems. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Pathfinders of Oregon, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide justice impacted individuals and families the tools and support they need to be part of safe and thriving communities.”

Prior to joining PSU, Dr. Matsuda was an Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where her work was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Matsuda’s work has been published in Criminology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence.


Dr. Matsuda usually teaches the following courses (subject to change):

CCJ 300 Criminology & Criminal Justice (fully online program
CCJ 210 Introduction to Juvenile Justice (campus program
CCJ 320U Theories Crime & Justice (campus program)
CCJ 330U Crime Control Strategies (campus program
CCJ 510 Developmental & Life-Course Crim. (campus program


Students in Dr. Matsuda’s prior classes note the following about her teaching: 

“Mauri was clear, concise, and very organized. What was expected was clearly communicated. She was available for additional help when needed. Her slides were extremely helpful.”


“Dr. Matsuda was very interesting to listen to and it was easy to follow along with the slides she
prepared for each class. She was able to explain each concept very well, and I still use the
knowledge I learned from her classes with my current classes in the CCJ degree. I loved that she
also provided articles to read to relate to the concepts she discussed. It make the class feel more
relevant to our society today. She also took scholarly articles (we would read before class) that
seemed to have very abstract concepts and was able to review/clarify them to those who were
not used to reading that type of material. That is another skill I have continued to use from her
class. She seems very down-to-earth and real as an instructor. I would love to take another class
with her.”