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American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. AIR's mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people's lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.

Within the United States and internationally, AIR will be the preeminent organization that

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • Category 1: National Reentry Resource Center

The Regents of the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is a top public research university located in Michigan. The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan values scholarship, diversity, equity and inclusion, and public engagement.

Active BJA Funded Project(s):

  • National Center for School Safety

Child Sexual/Physical Abuse Investigations in Today’s Law Enforcement Climate

Brief Overview: The course is designed to give a greater understanding of the intricacies of modern child sexual/physical abuse investigations. The course will explain some of the challenges law enforcement faces today given various social movements and some negative publicity in the media. The goal is to give the consumer a greater understanding of how these investigations unfold and an understanding of both positives and negatives when presenting cases for charging.

Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory at the National Center for Environmental Health is collaborating with public, private, and academic laboratories to respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. Some states are leveraging the Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) infrastructure to respond to the epidemic. The webinar will cover performance of screening immunoassays, with highlights on cross-reactivity gaps in contrast to fentanyl chemical structure. Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*), developed by CDC, will be described.

Research for the Real World: Law Enforcement Stress and Trauma

Increased attention has been given to police officer exposure to traumatic events as well as their prolonged involvement in stressful situations, environments, and working conditions. High stress can have precipitous negative effects on an individual’s mental health — including the onset of mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and/or anxiety. Moreover, research conducted in other fields of employment have shown that stress and stress-related disorders can cause problems with concentration, memory, and mood, which impacts workplace performance.

Fostering Hope and Healing - Role of Resource Parents in Supporting Family Recovery and Family Reunification in Family Treatment Courts

In this webinar, presenters will explore the important role of resource parents in supporting the family recovery and reunification process. Presenters will share their experiences in engaging resource parents in critical activities, including facilitating quality and frequent family time, co-parenting with the birth parent, and providing a trauma-informed approach. Additional technical assistance resources, including a pre-recorded video presentation, team discussion guide, and “Take Action” guides will also be provided to enhance learning.

Genealogy Research: Successful Convictions of a Serial Rapist

This webinar will focus on four separate incidents that occurred from 2007 to 2012, including three first-degree rapes, a first-degree sex assault, and an attempted first-degree sex assault. These five cases were all committed by the same suspect, and DNA evidence connected four of these five incidents.

Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Working with Victims (Part I)

Although utilizing trauma-informed principles is a beneficial tool when successfully serving clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, going a step further by being mindful will get you that much further with this population. This webinar will examine why being self-aware of our own judgments, beliefs and attitudes is so important in our work with victims. More importantly, it is this awareness that could have a profound impact on our work within this field – it could be the difference between life or death for the victims we serve.

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