Begun Center for Violence Prevention
Research & Education
Fall 2017
Advisory Board Spotlight

Dennis Embry is serious about doing good for children, families, and communities. That's why he founded PAXIS Institute to make gold-standard behavioral science into real-world products. Presently, the Institute is focusing on preventing psychiatric and behavioral disorders.

Staff Spotlight

Bobbi Beale provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to behavioral health service providers as part of the Center for Innovative Practices. She joined the Begun Center after 25 years as a clinical psychologist. She is an Adventure Therapist and has launched her own nonprofit, Life Adventures for All.

Breaking the Cycle:
Specialty Dockets
Margaret Baughman-Sladky works with specialty dockets (courts) that provide specialized services for defendants with particular issues including substance abuse, mental health, addiction, and other challenges and disorders. This holistic work meets the needs of defendants, helping to break the cycle of recidivism.

Identifying Patterns
of Serial Sex Offenders
A new article in the Journal of Criminal Justice explores how DNA testing of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits can lead to the identification of offending patterns for serial sex offenders. The article was co-authored by Rachel Lovell , Misty Luminais , Daniel Flannery , Laura Overman , Duoduo Huang, Tiffany Walker , and Dan Clark.

Rachel Lovell advised the Cleveland Plain Dealer on creating a survey for law enforcement agencies to self-report their progress with untested rape kits: Help find out what's happened with 13,931 Ohio rape kits sent for testing.

Jane Timmons-Mitchell wrote an article for Psychology Today about the benefits of raising children with an appreciation for diversity: You've got to be carefully taught.

Fredrick Butcher promoted to Research Assistant Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Jeff Kretschmar promoted to Research Associate Professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Congratulations, Fredrick and Jeff!
The Begun Center has seen some exciting additions to our team in the past few months. Please join us in welcoming our newest staff members (pictured clockwise from top left):

Samantha Cocco : Marketing, Communication, & Events Specialist

Angela Goldner : Research Associate

Sarah Limbacher : Research Assistant

David Rinderle : Research Assistant

Welcome, Samantha, Angela,
Sarah, and David!
Bobbi Beale has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Association for Experiential Education. AEE is an international organization dedicated to advancing experiential learning around the world. Congratulations, Bobbi!

Leon Harris has been hired by Cuyahoga County as Deputy Director of Performance Evaluation & Innovation. Leon will be responsible for managing the performance, evaluation and innovation programs for 2,200+ employees within the Department of Health and Human Services. He will continue to pursue his PhD in Social Welfare at the Mandel School. Congratulations, Leon!