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Kris R. Henning, Ph.D.
Kris R. Henning, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, University of Vermont

Dr. Kris Henning is a Professor and the Chair of the Criminology & Criminal Justice Department. Dr. Henning earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont, leading to his early work counseling prison inmates and conducting forensic risk assessments with domestic violence offenders. Dr. Henning’s current research and community service focuses on helping criminal justice agencies improve decision-making through data analysis and implementation of evidence-based practices. Major accomplishments in this regard include partnering with the Portland Police Bureau to develop an automated risk assessment system, launching a website to explore longer term crime trends in Portland, conducting community surveys (Humboldt, King, Parkrose, and Lloyd neighborhoods, Bend Police Department, Deschutes County District Attorney), and he recently completed a large randomized field experiment on hotspot policing in Portland (final report). Dr. Henning’s research has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Institute of Justice (Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative) and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Smart Policing Initiative & Project Safe Neighborhoods. He consults regularly with a broad range of criminal justice agencies including the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.