Doctoral Student, Criminal Justice

Email: nicole.sachs@rutgers.edu
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Specializations: Victimization and Implicit Social Cognition

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  • M.A. Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
  • B.A. Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. Crime, Law, and Justice, Pennsylvania State University

Research and Background:

My primary areas of interest are victimology and interpersonal violence, more specifically domestic violence. I am also currently working on a number of projects including evaluating domestic violence trends during sporting events, and evaluating a local reentry program funded by the Second Chance Act.

Current project:

My current project combines knowledge in both the fields of criminal justice and social psychology to examine the effects of victimization on one’s implicit and explicit self-concept and self- stereotypes in order to better understand revicimization. We are working to develop a reliable and valid measure of implicit victim identity and implicit victim self-stereotyping. We are interested in the effect of priming on both implicit constructs, as well as gender differences in the strength of the aforementioned identities and stereotypes. Finally, we will consider what effect criminal experience has on the formation and activation of victim identities and self-stereotyping.