PhD, University of North Carolina, 2018; MSW, University of Arkansas, 2010; BA, Arkansas Tech University, 2008.
Criminal Justice; Early Adult Justice Involvement; Traumatic Experiences of Justice Involved Individuals; Mental Health and Criminal Justice.
Research and Scholarly Activity:
Addressing the Needs of Justice-Involved Early Adults
Dr. Givens’ primary research revolves around salient issues facing justice-involved individuals. Dr. Givens focuses her work around traumatic histories, criminogenic risks and needs, and serious mental illnesses among early adults (18-29 year olds) involved in the criminal justice system. This age group constitutes a higher proportion of the justice-involved population than any other 10-year age group and presents unique challenges in regards to custody and supervision. Dr. Givens studies programming and interventions that provide opportunities to this population, as well as equip officers to be better prepared to assess the risks and needs of this age group.
Dr. Givens’ future work will focus on disseminating findings from her dissertation, developing and evaluating interventions with early adults with criminal justice involvement, and working closely with the Department of Corrections to explore solutions to issues facing the criminal justice system.