Megan Eileen Collins completed her doctoral studies in 2016, following the defense of her dissertation "Understanding the procedural justice implications of macro-level police policies: Evidence from longitudinal police and juvenile offender data". She also holds a Master's degree in Criminology from UMD and a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, RI. Before returning to school, Megan worked as a Research Analyst for the Washington, DC Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission, and as a Research Associate at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
While a doctoral student, Megan served as a research assistant to Dr. Loughran, with whom she conducted deterrence, policy, and policing research, and Dr. Simpson, with whom she engaged in white collar crime research. In addition to her graduate assistant duties, Megan assisted Dr. Wellford on an NIJ grant focused on illicit gun markets, and Drs. Lynch and Smith on a study of the potential use of risk assessment tools at sentencing in the State of Maryland.
- Policing, Criminal Justice Policy, Gun Violence
- PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park
- MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland College Park
- BA Psychology, Brown University
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice