Career Profile

I am a passionate doctoral candidate with expertise in Victimology/Victimization research with specializations in gender-based violence, sexual assault and case processing, childhood abuse, and human trafficking. My proficiencies include several methodological techniques, including various quantitative and qualitative strategies, in addition to a number of data management software: R, SPSS, STATA, Atlas.Ti.

Currently looking for career opportunities to make a positive impact on the criminal justice system and the lives of crime victims through research and professional development.

Research Interests

  • Victimology/victimization
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sexual victimization (including Sexual Assault Kit Initiative)
  • Case processing
  • Child victimization
  • Mixed methodology
  • Qualitative research

Courses

  • Survey of Criminal Justice (i.e., Introduction to Criminal Justice)
  • Research Methods
  • Special topics: Sexual Violence and Victimization

Highlighted Experiences

Doctoral Candidate

2020 - Present
University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Managed a team of eight students and faculty research staff to collect, develop, and analyze a novel database of criminal justice case processing information from numerous departments/agencies. The database was used to develop cohesive information on sexual assault cases as part of a National Institute of Justice research grant (NIJ 2019-MU-MU-0095).
  • Contributed to novel research in collaboration with faculty, working on all aspects of the research process, from data collection to analysis to dissemination. This resulted in eight peer-reviewed publications on various victimology/victimization issues in high-impact journals and several presentations to local and national venues.
  • Awarded $10,000 in internal grant funding to conduct independent research on child victimization. Research is ongoing and has resulted in the publication of a peer-reviewed article in Victims and Offenders, a roundtable, and two technical reports.

Graduate Research Assistant

2018 - 2020
Florida Atlantic University

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

2014-2018
Florida Atlantic University

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Selected Publications

  • The wrong rite of passage: Comparing sex trafficking to other types of child maltreatment using the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)
  • Branscum, C. & Richards, T.N.
    Victims & Offenders: Special Issue on Reforming the Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking Victims and Offenders [Impact Factor: 2.045 (2021)]
  • Assessing states’ intimate partner violence offender treatment standards using the principles of effective intervention (PEIs) framework
  • Richards, T.N., Gover, A., Branscum, C., Nystrom, A., & Claxton, T.
    Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • On assessing the scope of missing Native Americans in Nebraska: Results from a state-wide study and recommendations for future research
  • Richards, T.N., Wright, E., Nystrom, A., Gilbert, S., & Branscum, C.
    Race and Justice [Impact Factor: 1.710]
  • Comparing sexual misconduct incidents in annual security reports and Title IX coordinator data: Do policies increase reporting?
  • Richards, T.N., Gillespie, L.K., & Branscum, C.
    Journal of American College Health [Impact Factor: 2.394 (2021)]
  • A content analysis on state human trafficking statutes: How does the legal system acknowledge survivors in the United States (US)?
  • Branscum, C. & Fallik, S.
    Crime, Law, and Social Change [Impact Factor: 1.612 (2021)]
  • Exploring the nature of anti-trafficking laws: A content analysis of state statutes
  • Branscum, C. Cain, C., & Fallik, S.
    Journal of Human Trafficking [Impact Factor: 1.003 (2021, SNIP)]
  • Stalking state statutes: A critical content analysis and reflection on social science research
  • Branscum, C., Fallik, S., Garcia, K., Eason, B., & Gursahaney, K.
    Women & Criminal Justice [Impact Factor: 1.477 (2021)]

    Certifications

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    2020 - 2021
    Microsoft (111-222)

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    2019
    Microsoft (111-222)

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    Skills & Proficiency

    Microsoft Office

    IBM SPSS Statistics

    R

    STATA

    Atlas.TI