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  • PO 552, Osteen, FL 32764
  • (770) 712-1823

Interns who have completed their Project Blocks (in alpha order)

Carly Baxa

Carly is a senior at Northern Illinois University, getting a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Politics and a B.A. in Economics. She hopes to work with non-profits in the future focusing on international relations and trade. Her passion for international politics and statistical analysis has helped her gain an intellectualized and global perspective on law and crime. She believes that helping this world starts with innovation within the current governmental system. She believes by doing so we can help make resources and education – and the progress humanity can create -more accessible for everyone.  During her time with TAPSTI, she has worked on a wide-range of areas focusing on international crime, organized crime, and drug courts. She has been an incredibly productive member of the team and is making a very positive difference in public safety training.  We celebrate her results in being a Senior Course Development Intern for the following lessons:

  • LEIP-27 Organized Crime in Russia
  • LEIP-44 Transnational Organized Crime
  • GMMG-19 Organizational Culture and Environmental Influences
  • PPCO-31 Economics of Sentencing
  • PPCO-71 Politicization of the US Court System
  • GMMG-08 Cohesion Burnout and Trauma
  • GMMG-01 Managing Police Misconduct
  • DTSR-48 Organic Brain Change & Illegal Drug Use
  • COJJ-21 Drug Courts and Communities
  • PPCO-68 Program Evaluation for Drug Courts

Alissa Brooks

Alissa is entering her Senior year at SUNY Oswego while working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Alissa loves to work with kids and in her future hopes to counsel children or work in the mental health field. Alissa helped in developing courses focused on juvenile justice in order to help give juveniles more of a voice in our society and due to her passion for working with kids. Alissa is determined to work in a field where kids feel they are important.  We celebrate her results in being a Senior Course Development Intern for the following lessons:

  • COJJ-01 Juvenile Justice
  • COJJ-02 Three Theories of Delinquency
  • COJJ-03 Multilevel Analysis of Juvenile Court Process
  • COJJ-04 Age and Criminal Responsibility
  • COJJ-05 AOD and Mental Health in Juveniles
  • COJJ-06 Assessing the Mental Health Status of Juveniles
  • COJJ-07 Restorative Justice for Juveniles
  • COJJ-08 Delinquency Programs
  • COJJ-09 Juvenile Risk Factors for Gang Membership
  • COJJ-10 Childhood Victimization and Delinquency

Athena Jones

 

Athena Jones is entering her Junior year at the University of La Verne and is on track to graduate early with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Athena hopes to use her degree to become an advocate for mental health and encourage everyone to seek the help they need. The lesson plans she worked on have inspired her to push for mental healthcare reform and expansion with increased awareness to its prevalence within our society. She hopes to bring mental health advocacy to her school in order to create a support system for her fellow students. Athena’s career goal is to create a positive influence on the lives of military service members by working with them and their family members in order to thank them for all of the work that they do for our country. She hopes to develop new intake screening methods as well as developing innovative treatments for PTSD. To support this, Athena was singularly responsible for the research and writing for the first certificate program specifically for military DV and offered here by TAPSTI. She backs up that research and her writing by volunteering at her local Veterans Assistance hospital.  Athena is passionate and excited for beginning the journey toward her career and we all are proud of her excellent work with the following lesson plans:

  • GMBW-02 Evaluating the Effects of Fatigue on Public Safety Personnel
  • MHCS-09 Military DV Intervention – Basic Level
  • MHCS-10 Military DV Intervention – Intermediate Level
  • MHCS-11 Military DV Intervention – Advanced Level
  • MHCS-12 Military DV Intervention – Specialist Level
  • MHCS-13 Military DV Intervention – Expert Level
  • MHCA-28 Child Victims and Responding Restoratively
  • MHGE-14 Culture and Psychotherapy
  • DTSR-57 Drugs and Sexual Assault Survivor Profiles
  • DTSR-56 Pharmacotherapy and Substance Abuse

Nicholas Pappas

Nick has distinguished himself both as an Intern with TAPSTI as well as with Pennsylvania State University. As a student in Criminal Justice with a Psychology minor, Nick has served as a Student Government Senator while placing first in the Arts, Humanities, Business and Social and Behavioral Sciences category of the Annual Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium where seven Pennsylvania commonwealth campuses combined to showcase student talent. Nick is credited with a unique research area investigating incarceration efficiencies and racial impacts. As a result of his scholarly contributions, Nick was awarded the Alexandra Downing Outstanding Student in Sociology Award. Nick is a “charger” who is looking for an organization where his potential to make a positive difference in enforcement can provide him with a position for strong growth. We celebrate Nick’s outstanding accomplishments with the following lessons:

  • MHVS-03 Assassinations in the U.S.
  • MHVS-16 Mass Media Effects on Violent Behavior
  • MHVS-20 Perspectives on Evil and Violence
  • DTSR-02 Psychopathology in a Women’s Prison
  • DTDR-02 Drug Treatment in the Criminal Justice System
  • COJJ-11 Juvenile Codes of the Street
  • COJJ-13 Conduct Problems in Young Children
  • COJJ-14 Juvenile Interventions and Their Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • COJJ-15 Developmental Pathways in Delinquency
  • COJJ-16 Discretion in Juvenile Sentencing

Michelle Polster

Michelle Polster is a student at Colorado State University majoring in organizational leadership. She is an excellent example of adults bringing their constructivist knowledge from the working world and into the training room. Michelle worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years when she decided it was time for her to go back to school. She is completing her degree and, coupling that with her work experience, pursuing a career in helping youth make healthier lifestyle decisions through healthy activities and education. Michelle is committed to families and youth as this nation’s future and she believes they should be given the tools necessary to make sure they can succeed among the challenges faced today. The lessons she helped develop all speak to her dedication to supporting the training of public safety personnel in these very volatile issues as her way of contributing to the safety of the communities she hopes to serve.

We salute her results as an outstanding member of the team and celebrate her achievements in being a Senior Course Development Intern for the following lessons:

  • PPDV-14 Battered Woman Syndrome
  • PPDV-20 Battered Women with Abused Children
  • PPDV-21 The Battered Woman Syndrome Model
  • PPDV-22 The Battered and Stages of Change
  • PPDV-01 Introduction to Domestic Violence
  • DTSR-30 Drug-Facilitated Forcible Rape
  • DTSR-44 The National Drug Threat Assessment
  • DTSR-27 The Effects of Law and Drug Policy on Women and Children
  • PPDC-18 Ensuring Drug Free Kids
  • PPDC-16 Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Rubina Ranjit

Rubina Ranjit is a senior year student graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in General Business from the Mississippi University for Women. Her compassion and innate desire to help others intrigued her to pursue a career in public health and her internship with TAPSTI brought her to us in developing training to save our communities from the damages caused by substance abuse. Born and brought up in Nepal, Rubina is fascinated by the idea of solving healthcare problems in innovative ways. As a graduating student, she is prepared to face the challenge of serving a large community and participating in the dynamic and challenging field of public health. We salute her results as an outstanding member of the team and celebrate her achievements in being a Senior Course Development Intern for the following lessons:

  • DTSR-15 Cleanup of Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs
  • DTSR-16 Co-occurring Disorders and Meth Abuse
  • DTSR-17 Cocaine Dependence and PTSD
  • DTSR-18 Combating Methamphetamine Laboratories and Abuse
  • DTSR-19 DUI Analysis
  • DTSR-20 Dealing with Dealers
  • DTSR-21 Criminality, Drug Use, and Violent Offending
  • DTSR-22 Drug Abuse and Mental Illness
  • DTSR-23 Drug Concealment
  • DTSR-24 Drug Dealing in Open Air Markets

Alicia Yee

Alicia is a human biology major at the University of California San Diego. Recently she has focused on learning about the outside socioeconomic effects that race, social class, and age has on the public’s health. Many of her public health courses have evidenced health care disparities and biases caused by varying socioeconomic statuses among different regions and classes of people. In the future she hopes to take all she has learned and be able to apply it toward making a positive change in society to reduce social disparities affecting our communities. More specifically, she wants to go into the public safety and prevention fields where she will utilize her newfound knowledge on substance abuse to increase prevention efforts and public awareness.  We salute her results as an outstanding member of the team and celebrate her achievements in being a Senior Course Development Intern for the following lessons:

  • CODF-01 Child Welfare Cases with Substance Abuse Factors
  • CODF-02 Children Endangered by Methamphetamine
  • CODF-03 Drug Endangered Children
  • PPDC-10 Problem-Solving Courts
  • PPDC-11 Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • DTSR-35 Date Rape Drugs Overview
  • PPDC-13 Drug Treatment and Criminals
  • PPCO-36 Interventions in Drug Courts
  • CODF-07b The Origins of Addiction
  • DTSR-14 Communities and Methamphetamine Labs
  • DTDR-11 Family Relations, Juveniles, and Drugs

Current Student Intern Volunteers (in alpha order):

  • Gayla Blake, Nova Southeastern University – Public Health
    • DTDR-73 Strategies for Substance Abuse Treatment
    • DTSR-71 Sources of Illegal Drugs
    • DTSR-72 Stop the Methamphetamine Epidemic
    • DTDR-09 Differences in Women and Men and Their Addictions
  • Anthony Bouchard, University of New Haven – National Security
    • LEHT-10 Human Trafficking Overview
    • LEHT-03 Exploring Race and Ethnicity
  • Elizabeth Bownes, Vanderbilt University – Psychology and English
    • MHCA-04 Child Abuse and Interviews
    • MHCA-07 Child Abuse, Neglect, and Violent Criminal Behavior
  • Mackenzie Burns, Mercyhurst University – Applied Forensic Science
    • DTSR-50 Organized Crime, Trafficking, and Drugs
    • DTSR-51 Organizational Interpretations of Drug Testing Results
  • Linda Chen, Stoney Brook University/State University of New York – Psychology & Women’s Studies
    • LESC-01 College Student Acquaintance Rape
  • Alexandra Cuzzone, Valparaiso University – Sociology/Criminal Justice (Senior Course Developer)
    • MHCA-03 Child Abduction
    • MHCA-16 Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases
    • MHEV-01 Assessing Risk in Domestic Violence
    • MHCA-01 Battered Child Syndrome
    • MHCA-02 Burn Injuries in Child Abuse
    • MHCA-05 Child Abuse and Neglect in Substance Abuse Cases
    • MHEV-08 Measuring Domestic Violence Exposure
    • MHCA-11 Child Pornography Patterns
    • MHCA-14 Comorbid Childhood Sexual and Substance Abuse Among Women
  • Bre Edwards, Georgia State University – Psychology (Senior Course Developer)
    • MHGE-01 Cognition Dysfunction in Autism
    • MHGE-17 Depression in Adolescents
    • MHGE-35 Psychosocial Functioning
    • MHGE-50 The Social Organization of Deviants
    • MHGE-02 Understanding Violence and Trauma
  • Leah Ellis, Florida State University – Biology
    • GMBW-07 The Impacts of Injury and Disease on Staff
    • DTSR-04 Alcohol Treatment Programs
    • DTSR-81 Drug Classification
    • DTSR-84 Self-medication and PTSD
  • Jenna Gautreaux, Brigham Young University – Public Health (Senior Course Developer)
    • DTSR-60 Reasons for Drug Abuse and Dropout
    • DTSR-61 Recidivism Rates for Drug Court Graduates
    • DTSR-63 Risk and Benefit Perceptions of Drug Abuse
    • DTSR-65 Rural Women and Drug Abuse
    • DTSR-03 An Overview of Club Drugs
    • DTDR-16 Alcohol Consumption in Latino DV Couples
    • DTSR-13 Clandestine Drug Labs
    • DTSR-38 Evaluating and Improving Substance-Use Prevention Efforts
  • Letisha Heflin, Old Dominion University – Community Health & Environmental Health (Senior Course Developer)
    • COJJ-12 Juvenile Conduct Disorder and Homelessness
    • DTDR-01 AOD Programming in Jails
    • DTDR-14 Tower of Change Basics
    • DTSR-37 Pregnant Substance Abusers
    • DTSR-40 Methamphetamine in the Workplace
    • CODF-04 Drug Endangered Children Care
  • Cyndi Manriquez, Benedictine University – Public Health
    • DTSR-43 Mortality in Substance Abuse
  • Megan Merbach, The College of New Jersey, Sociology – Health and Environment
    • DTSR-83 The Path of Chemical Dependency in Adolescence
    • DTSR-25 Drug Dealing in Privately Owned Apartments
    • DTSR-26 Drug Markets of America’s Largest 25 Cities
  • Britany Mullins, The Catholic University of America – Psychology
    • MHCA-12 Childhood Trauma 
    • MHCA-13 Childhood Victimization and Delinquency
    • MHCA-23 Children’s Exposure to Violence
    • DTSR-59 Psychosocial Dimensions of Addicted Women
  • Joseph Parks, Southern Oregon University – Criminology and Criminal Justice (Senior Course Developer)
    • GMSH-03 Enhancing Police Integrity
    • LEHR-05 Coping with Police Misconduct
    • PPDC-01 Adult Drug Court
    • PPDC-02 Analysis of Drug Courts
    • PPDC-04 Drug Court Monitoring and Measurement
    • PPDC-05 Drug Court Case Management
    • PPDC-06 Ethical Considerations for Judges in Drug Courts
    • PPDC-07 Model State Drug Court Legislation
  • Elnaz Razavi, Fordham University – International Business and Trade Law
    • MHCA-22 Multidisciplinary Teams for Child Abuse Investigations
  • Shelly Reid, Liberty University – Public Health (Senior Course Developer)
    • MHVC-01 Self-Advocacy
    • MHVC-02 Confidentiality of Communications
    • DTDR-07 Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • DTDR-10 Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
    • DTDR-17 The Neurochemistry of Abused Substances
    • CODF-07 The Origins of Addiction
    • DTSR-36 Intervention Strategies with Drug Abusing Offenders
  • Liana Smith, James Madison University – International Affairs  (Senior Course Developer)
    • PPCO-14 Community Prosecution Implementation
    • PPCO-15 Comparative Analysis for Processing Misdemeanor Cases
    • PPCO-18 Drug Addict and non-Drug Addict Sentencing
    • DTSR-07 US Drug Program Assessments
    • DTSR-79 Symptoms of Substance Abuse
    • DTSR-09 Epidemiology Networks and Drug Abuse Assessment
    • DTDR-15 Partnerships in Law Enforcement
  • Meghan Straight, Green State University – Psychology (Senior Course Developer)
    • COJJ-23 Juvenile Crime Patterns
    • COJJ-27 Gun Use by Male Juveniles
    • COJJ-28 Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime
    • COJJ-29 Child Maltreatment on Juveniles in Correctional Custody
    • COJJ-30 Influence of Neighborhood, Peers, and Family
    • DTDR-05 Comorbidity and Treatment Outcomes in Substance Abuse
    • DTDR-11 Family Relations and Caregiver’s Appraisals
    • DTSR-10 Binge Drinking
    • DTSR-47 Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Scott Thomas, Saint Leo University – Criminal Justice
    • COGE-01 A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management
    • COGE-02 Addressing Sexual Violence in Prisons
    • DTDR-08 Aggression Severity with Substance Abusers
    • DTSR-11 Breaking the Juvenile Drug-Crime Cycle
  • Haley Usenick, West Virginia University – Criminology
    • GMIM-01 Criminal Intelligence Guidelines
    • LECP-17 Crime Prevention
  • Christina Veres, The Pennsylvania State University – Administration of Justice
    • LEGS-01 Assessing the Offending Activity of Domestic Violence Suspects
  • Matthew Vogrin, Thomas Edison State University – Electronics Systems Engineering Tech.
    • LEHS-31 Destabilizing Terrorist Networks
  • Carol Woods, Christopher Newport University – Psychology (Senior Course Developer)
    • COJJ-17 Disorderly Youth in Public Places
    • COJJ-18 Disparities in Juvenile Sentencing
    • COJJ-19 Distress and Violent Victimization
    • COJJ-20 Domestic Assaults by Juvenile Offenders
    • PPDV-02 Elder Abuse
  • Jianing Zhang, Denison University – Biology (Senior Course Developer)
    • LEIP-11 Comparative Study of Hong Kong Triads and Mafia
    • LEIP-20 Explaining Wartime Rape
    • LERR-26 Reporting Hate Crimes
    • PPCO-10 Domestic Violence Challenges for Prosecutors
    • PPDC-03 Defining Drug Courts

*Notes:
Completed course design projects by each Intern listed in italics
Interns begin/end volunteer service at different times. Courses listed tend to indicate length of volunteer service.