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Laurie Drapela's Research Criminal Justice

Laurie A. Drapela, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Drapela WSUV Photo 2015_2
Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice
Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies
Public Affairs
Phone: (360) 546-9485
Fax: (360) 546-9038
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 208N
Support Staff: Janet DeWitt

Curriculum Vitae


Laurie A. Drapela is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Washington State University Vancouver. Her research interests include probation officer discretion, the sociological impacts of prison siting, the implementation and operation of therapeutic courts, and offending desistance trajectories among youth. Her most recent research focuses on the social and institutional aspects of working with youth on the autism spectrum. Her manuscripts have appeared in Crime & Delinquency, The Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Deviant Behavior, Youth & Society, and The Social Science Journal. She is currently directing the Program in Public Affairs on the Vancouver campus.