College of Arts and Sciences

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

  • Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD
    PhD, Administration of Justice
    Professor, Criminal Justice
    Department Chair, Criminal Justice
    Phone: 206-296-5477
    Building/Room: Casey 330

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    Biography

    Jacqueline Helfgott is Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University. She has a PhD and MA in Administration of Justice with graduate minor in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and BA from the University of Washington in Psychology and Society & Justice. Her research interests include criminal behavior, psychopathy, corrections, offender reentry, and victim impact in criminal justice decision-making. She is author of Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications, 2008), Editor of Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4 (Praeger Publications, 2013), and coauthor (with E. Gunnison) of Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment (2013 with Lynne Rienner Publishers). Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Criminal Justice & Behavior, International Review of Victimology, Crime Victim’s Report, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, and the Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. She has been involved in research and service in correctional settings since 1987. From 1997-2000 she was principal investigator on a project funded by the Soros Open Society Institute's Center on Crime, Communities and Culture that involved development, implementation, and evaluation of "Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice" (CVORJ) a prison-based encounter program at the Washington State Reformatory. She coordinated a prison art program called the “Creative Expressions Project” at the Washington Corrections Center for Women from 1993-1998 and at the Washington State Reformatory from 1993- 2010, and currently teaches a course in the prisons called “Restorative Justice Behind Bars” which involves prisoners and university students who take the course together and engage in group project that involve designing projects that have the potential to integrate restorative principles in the adversarial system and prison context. 

    Her current/forthcoming work includes No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications) and she is involved in applied research as principal investigator on an evaluation of the Seattle Police Crisis Intervention Team/Mental Health Practitioner Pilot Project. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island that houses civilly committed sexually violent predators. She currently serves on the Seattle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Committee (CIC) Executive Steering Committee and Data Outcomes Subcommittee, and on the Board of Directors for Virginia Mason Separation and Loss (support services for family members following violent death), and Interaction Transition (a non-profit ex-offender transition agency).

    Teaching and Research Interests

    Education

    Ph.D.1992, Pennsylvania State University; Administration of Justice/Graduate Minor, Psychology
    M.A.1991, Pennsylvania State University; Administration of Justice/Graduate Minor, Psychology
    B.A.1988, University of Washington; Society & Justice and Psychology

    Courses Taught

    • Criminal Justice Theory (Graduate)
    • Typologies of Crime & Criminal Behavior (Graduate)
    • The Psychopath (Undergraduate/Graduate)
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Murder Movies & Copycat Crime
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • Forensic Science
    • Criminal Profiling
    • Deviance & Social Control
    • Criminal Justice Research Methods
    • Gender, Race, & Crime
    • Victimology
    • Law, Society, & Justice
    • Punishment & Social Theory
    • Adult Corrections
    • Juvenile Corrections
    • Correctional Counseling
    • Probation & Parole
    • Correctional Organization and Management
    • Police Organization & Behavior

    Research Interests

    • Criminal Behavior
    • Psychopathy
    • Corrections
    • Offender reentry
    • Restorative Justice

    Select Publications

    Helfgott, J.B. (Ed.) (2013). Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

    Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2013) Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment. Boulder, C: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

    Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2011). Factors that hinder reentry success: A view from community corrections officers. International Journal of OffenderTherapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(2), 1-18.

    Helfgott, J.B. (2008). Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Helfgott, Jacqueline B.,and Elaine Gunnison. 2008. “The Influence of Social Distance on CommunityCorrections Officer Perceptions of Offender Reentry Needs.” Federal Probation June: 2-12.

    Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2007). Community corrections officer perceptions ofex-offender reentry needs and challenges. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 22(1).

    Helfgott, J.B. (2004).Primitive defenses in the language of the psychopath: Considerations for forensic practice. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 4(3), 1-29.

    Helfgott, J.B. (2003).The prison tour as a pedagogical tool in undergraduate criminal justice courses.Corrections Compendium, 28(8), 1-2+.

    Helfgott, J.B., Lovell,M.L., Lawrence, C.F., & Parsonage, W.H. (2000). Results from the pilot study of the Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice Program at the Washington State Reformatory. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 16, 5-31.

    Helfgott, J.B., Lovell, M.L., Lawrence, C.F., & Parsonage, W.H. (2000). Development of the Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice Program at the Washington State Reformatory. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 10,363-399.

    Helfgott, J.B. (1997). Exoffender needs versus community opportunity in Seattle,Washington. Federal Probation, 61, 12-24.

    Helfgott, J. B.(1997). The unconscious defensive process/conscious cognitive style relationship in psychopaths. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 24,278-293.

    Grants

    Seattle University Arts & Sciences Faculty Research/Promotion Fellowship. Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, & Criminal Justice Applications (book);No Remorse: Psychopathy & Criminal Justice (book). Award:$5,000.00, 2005.

    Seattle University Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. ThePrison Tour: Real World Exposure to Prison as a Pedagogical Tool in Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses (article). Award: 6,000.00, 2001.

    Seattle University Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship. Narrative Responses of Borderline Primitive Defenses in Psychopaths (article). Award: $5,000.00, 2000.

    Program Director/Principal Investigator. Citizens,Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice. Award: $47,900.00 The Center on Crime Communities and Culture of the Open Society Institute (NewYork, NY), 1999-2000.

    Program Director/Principal Investigator. Citizens,Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice. Award: $49,400.00 The Center on Crime Communities and Culture of the Open Society Institute (NewYork, NY), 1997-1998.

    Special Project
    Washington State Reformatory Creative Expressions Project