Ensuring the Fidelity of Offender Risk Assessment in Large-Scale Correctional Settings: The Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision Initiative (QA-TIPS)

Moderator/Discussant:

J. Stephen Wormith, Ph.D.
Co-Developer, Level of Service/Case Management Inventory
Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies
University of Saskatchewan

J. Stephen Wormith received his PhD from the University of Ottawa. Previously, he was psychologist-in-chief with the then named Ministry of Correctional Services of Ontario. He is currently professor, Department of Psychology, and director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies, both at the University of Saskatchewan.


Presenters:

Stephen Haas, Ph.D.
Director
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center

Stephen M. Haas is director of the West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP) and deputy director of the Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS). The ORSP houses the Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center (CJSAC) and Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice (JCEBP). He has a B.A. in psychology and political science from The Ohio State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. He has served as principal investigator and project director on several state and federally funded research projects and evaluations and has published numerous research reports and academic papers on various topics in the field of criminology, education, and health and human services. His peer-reviewed works include studies published in journals such as Victims and Offenders, Justice Research and Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the American Correctional Association's Corrections Compendium. His most recent work has centered on various issues related to the implementation of evidence-based practices, including the proper administration and use of offender risk and needs assessments as well as the use of core correctional practices and motivational interviewing strategies by corrections personnel. His Office is charged with the task of overseeing the statewide implementation of the Level of Service Case Management/Inventory (LS/CMI) and developing a system of quality assurance across all justice agencies in the state. He recently served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Justice Research and Policy journal titled, "Toward Evidence-Based Decision Making in Community Corrections: Research and Strategies for Successful Implementation." Dr. Haas has received several national awards for his research efforts, including the G. Paul Sylvestre Award given by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice; the highest honor given to State Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors.

Leighann J. Davidson, M.S.
Research Analyst
WV Office of Research and Strategic Planning
Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice
Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center

Leighann J. Davidson holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Law Enforcement and Administration from West Virginia State University. She is a research analyst for the West Virginia Office of Research and Strategic Planning, Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice. Ms. Davidson is the coordinator for the Quality Assurance-Treatment Intervention Programs and Supervision (QA-TIPS) initiative and monitors its implementation in the field. Leighann is a certified LS/CMI & YLS/CMI trainer and conducts trainings for multiple justice agencies as part of WV's statewide implementation of the LS/CMI. She is co-investigator for a LS/CMI norming study on various correctional populations for the state of West Virginia. Leighann is adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at West Virginia State University (WVSU).