Deborah Koetzle

Deborah Koetzle

Associate Professor
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636.16 Haaren Hall


Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
M.A. Indiana State University
B.S. Indiana State University


Deborah Koetzle is an Associate Professor and the Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY.  She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and is a research fellow with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute.  Her research interests center around effective interventions for offenders, problem-solving courts, risk/need assessment, and cross-cultural comparisons of prison-based programs. She has served as a consultant to local, state, and federal agencies on the topic of assessment, treatment, and quality assurance within both institutional and community-based programs, and helped develop the National Association of Drug Court Professionals empirically based standards for adult drug courts.  Her research has appeared in Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.  She is a co-author of What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism and co-editor of Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System.  

Scholarly Work

Silva, J., Fera, B., Sudula, S., Koetzle, D., & Schwalbe, C.  (2019). Using Cognitive Interviewing to Assess the Validity of the Youth Risk Profile Survey.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. OnlineFirst.d Publications: 

Koetzle, D. & Listwan, S.J., Eds. (2018).  Drug courts and the criminal justice system. Colorado: Lynne Reinner Publisher.

Koetzle, D. (2017). Assessing the Quality of Doctoral Education: (Mis)Counting Who and What Matters. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28, 488-491.

Koetzle, D., Listwan, S. J., Guastaferro, W. P., & *Kobus, K. D. (2015). Treating high risk offenders in the community: The potential of drug courts. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59, 449-465.

Latessa, E. J., Listwan, S. J. & Koetzle, D. (2014). What works (and doesn’t) in reducing recidivism. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson. 


Research Summary

Current and Recent Grant Activity:

2019-2020        Principal Investigator. A Systematic Review of Domestic Violence Risk Assessments (Total Award: $669,126 to Center for Court Innovation, Sub-Award: $76,147, Laura and John Arnold Foundation).

2017-2019       Senior Advisor. Reducing Overcrowding in Salvadoran Prisons. ($500,000, United States Department of State, funded) Co-Principal Investigators: Jeff Mellow & Mayra Nieves.

2015-2018       Principal Investigator.  Project PACS. (Total Award: $750,000 to NYC Probation, Sub-award: $189,000, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Funded.). 

2014-2017       Principal Investigator. DCJS Program Fidelity Assessment. ($210,732, New York Department of Criminal Justice Services, funded).

Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Effective Interventions for Justice Involved Individuals
  • Risk-Need-Responsivity
  • Risk/Need Assessment
  • Drug Courts
  • Fidelity Assessments
  • Program Evaluation





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