Professor John Laub and graduate student Nicole Frisch were co-authors on a chapter titled "Translational criminology: a new path forward" in a newly published book, Advancing Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy.
Translational criminology seeks to bridge the disconnect between research and policy and practice. In order to facilitate the use of research in the justice system, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers need to collaborate as equal partners in both the creation and application of knowledge. In this chapter we discuss the idea concept of translational criminology in detail and describe its potential to enhance current criminal justice research, policy, and practice. In addition, we outline the potential challenges to pursuing a translational research agenda.