Area-Under-the-Curve (AUC) - Participant Bios


Doug Spence, Ph.D.
Director of the Office of Research and Strategic Planning
West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services

Doug Spence is the director of the Office of Research and Strategic Planning in the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services. He holds a B.A. from Ohio University and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Political Science. Prior to his appointment as director, Dr. Spence served as a research analyst, where his work dealt with topics such as the predictors of successful program completion and recidivism by day report center clients, the predictive validity of offender risk and needs assessments, and the development of forecast models to predict the future growth of the state's correctional population. Dr. Spence?s research has been recognized by the JRSA and published in international criminal justice and social science journals. Dr. Spence also serves as a reviewer for several criminal justice journals and is a member of the institutional review board at Marshall University.


Erin Farley, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association

Erin J. Farley joined the JRSA staff in May 2015 as a Research Associate working on the Pre-Trial Justice Institute Project. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Prior to working at JRSA Dr. Farley was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Court Innovation in NYC where she worked on a number of projects including an evaluation of Intelligence Driven Prosecution in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Mental Health Court, and a randomized trial of an evidence-based assessment protocol in New York City drug courts. She has co-authored reports on indigent defense reforms in Brooklyn, as well as the Adolescent Diversion Program, Judicial Diversion, Improving Courtroom Communication, and the Bronx Family Treatment Court.