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John Jay / CUNY Doctoral Students Awarded Rudin Fellowships in Applied Justice Research

June 7, 2011, New York, NY – The John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay have awarded two 2011 Rudin Fellowships in Applied Justice Research.

The Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and Mr. Jack Rudin.

Rudin Fellowships allow graduate students to work with the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College (www.jjay.cuny.edu/rec) on projects related to the operations and effectiveness of public safety agencies in New York. Students spend at least part of the Fellowship period working directly with staff in the host agencies. Projects may include evaluations of correctional programs, court-based programs, studies of the supports and services provided by community-based organizations, the measurement of crime trends, and the impact of various innovations in justice policy and practice.

Rudin Fellowships are awarded competitively. The recipients are selected by a committee made up of John Jay faculty and staff as well as representatives from the host agencies.

The 2011 Rudin Fellowship awardees are:

Cassandra Ramdath, a Ph.D. student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former probation and parole officer. A native of Toronto, Canada, she graduated with honors with a double major in criminology and psychology at the University of Ottawa, and earned an MA in criminology from Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

Ginny Chan, a first year Ph.D. student in the Forensic Psychology (Clinical track) program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Originally from Singapore, she worked on research with the Singapore Prisons Service after graduating with honors in psychology from the National University of Singapore.

The Rudin Selection Committee for 2011 included:

Laurence E Busching, Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children's Services

Jeffrey A. Butts, Director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Preeti Chauhan, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lisa Grumet, Chief of Policy and Planning, Family Court Division, New York City Law Department

Michael G. Maxfield, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Allison McDonald, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Office of Marketing & Development, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Vincent N. Schiraldi, Commissioner, New York City Department of Probation

Karen Terry, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


The Research and Evaluation Center (REC) is an applied research organization established in 1975 to provide members of the academic community of John Jay College with opportunities to respond to the research needs of justice practitioners in New York City, New York State, and the nation. The Center assists public and private agencies affiliated with the justice system by conducting research and evaluation studies of crime prevention strategies, the effectiveness of justice interventions on individual behavior, and efforts to improve the impact and efficiency of justice system operations.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice:An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.