The August Vollmer Award Address is awarded by the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to criminal justice and for the recipient’s research and policy experiences. The 2016 award winner is Denise C. Gottfredson of the University of Maryland Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.
Professor Gottfredson’s career has been devoted mainly to developing effective collaborations between researchers and practitioners to produce useful knowledge. Her early work focused on delinquency prevention in schools and included evaluations of two different efforts aimed at altering school and classroom environments to reduce student misbehavior in Charleston, SC, schools, and an organization development intervention intended to reduce violence and related problem behaviors in Baltimore City, MD, schools. For many years, Professor Gottfredson directed a project that provided research expertise to the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. She also partnered with public agencies to develop and implement randomized experiments to test the effectiveness of the Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court, the Strengthening Families Program in Washington, D.C., and afterschool programs in Baltimore County, MD. She is currently directing a randomized trial of a gang prevention program in Philadelphia, PA, and a study of the effects of School Resource Officers in Florida and California.