Natalie Todak

Natalie Todak

Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: Evidence-based policing; corrections; mixed research methods

Teaching Interests: Policing; research methods; women & the criminal justice system

Office Hours: By appointment

  • B.A., University of California, San Diego, Psychology
  • M.S., Bowling Green State University, Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Todak’s research involves collaborating with criminal justice agencies to improve employee safety and wellness, increase effectiveness, and strengthen community perceptions of the criminal justice system. She is published in leading journals such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Women & Criminal Justice, and Police Quarterly. Her current work is focused on understanding the impact of corrections work on correctional officer health, wellness, safety, and performance, and identifying ways to enhance the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women police officers.

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Research Interests

My primary research interest is American policing, with a focus on topics such as violence reduction, police-citizen relationships, and use of force. My doctoral dissertation was a mixed methods field study of police de-escalation tactics, which I conducted in collaboration with the Spokane Police Department in Spokane, Washington. I have also extensively studied the impact and consequences of police technologies, including TASERs and body-worn cameras.

Select publications

  • Todak, Natalie & Michael White (forthcoming). An integrated, reflexive theory of police misconduct. In Scott H. Decker & Kevin A. Wright (Eds.), Criminology and Public Policy, 3rd Edition, Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Todak, Natalie (in press). The decision to become a police officer in a legitimacy crisis. Women & Criminal Justice.
  • White, Michael D., Natalie Todak, and Janne E. Gaub (in press). Assessing citizen perceptions of body-worn cameras after encounters with police. Policing: An International Journal.
  • White, Michael D., Janne E. Gaub, & Natalie Todak (in press). Exploring the potential for police body-worn cameras to reduce violence in police-citizen encounters. In Matthew Hickman and Abi Dymond (Eds.) Special Issue on Police Body-Worn Cameras. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
  • James, Lois, Natalie Todak, & Suzanne Best (2017). The negative impact of prison work on sleep health. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 60(5), 449—456.
  • Gaub, Janne E., David Choate, Natalie Todak, Charles M. Katz, & Michael D. White (2016). Officer perceptions of body cameras pre- and post-deployment: A study of three police departments. Special Issue on Police Body-Worn Cameras. Police Quarterly, 19(3), 275—302.

Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • Board Member, Social Media Director, and Member of the Western Society of Criminology
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology (Division of Policing) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences