Who We Are

The Begun Center is currently made up of 52 individuals, including students and administrative support. Our faculty, researchers, and trainers are from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. Senior faculty and researchers are nationally-recognized and well-cited scholars in the areas of juvenile justice, specialty courts, violence prevention, behavioral health, community-based research, and law enforcement.


Daniel J. Flannery, PhD
Mark Singer, PhD
Mark S. Fleisher, PhD
David L. Hussey, PhD
Jeff Kretschmar, PhD
Fredrick Butcher, PhD

Center for Innovative Practices

Richard Shepler, PhD, PCC-S, Director
Bobbi L. Beale, PsyD
Renne R. Dragomir, MEd, LPCC-S, IMFT-S, LICDC-CS
Michael Fox, MSSA, PCC-S, LCDC III
Maureen Kishna, MSSA, LISW-S
Pamela Mitterling, MEd, RN, LPCC-S, LSW, LICDC-CS

Senior Research Associates

Margaret Baughman, PhD
Karen Coen Flynn, PhD
Rachel Lovell, PhD
Misty Luminais, PhD
Michelle L. Riske-Morris, JD, PhD
Chris Stormann, PhD
Rodney Thomas, MA
Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD
Krystel Tossone, PhD, Statistician

Research Associates

Kristen M. Boyer, MEd

Rebecca A. Bray, MSSA
Ashley M. Bukach, MPH
Sarah E. Fulton, MA
Angela K. Kavadas-Goldner, MPH
Duoduo Huang, MS
Laura T. Overman, MA, MEd
Tiffany M. Walker, MA

Research Assistants

Christine Gordon
Chase Klingenstein
Joanna Klingenstein
Sarah A. Limbacher
Maggie McGuire
David Rinderle


Wendy Boerger, Department Administrator
Samantha L. Cocco, MA, Marketing, Communication, & Events Specialist
Patricia Ross Martin, Department Assistant, Center for Innovative Practices

Student Research Assistants

Doctoral Candidates: Kristen Berg, MS; Seungjong Cho, MSW; Janelle Duda-Banwar, MSW; Wenxuan Huang, MGS; Tugba Olgac, MSSA; Greg Powers, MSc; Aviva Vincent, MSW; Liuhong Yang, MS; Dalhee Yoon, MSW

MSSA Candidates: Xiao Ding, John Halle, Katherine Lewis, Christine Louis, Jordan Sterman

Undergraduate Students: Julia Cedeno, Sierra Gray, Molly Moyer, Tori Scheidt, Shelby Shvorob, Margarid Turnamian