Natalie Todak

Natalie Todak

Assistant Professor
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(205) 975-1301
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Research Interests: Policing; Evidence-Based Policy; Mixed Methods

Teaching Interests: Policing; Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • 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 evaluate practices, increase effectiveness, improve employee safety and wellness, 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.

She is currently studying police diversity, correctional officer health and wellness, and police body-worn cameras.

In 2019, she was selected as a LEADS Academic by the U.S. National Institute of Justice, recognized for partnering with law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze original data.

Dr. Todak also represents the College of Arts and Sciences on the Commission for the Status of Women at UAB. Her office door is always open to CAS faculty, staff, and students who wish to bring questions or issues to the CSW.

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Research Interests

  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Criminal Justice Employee Health and Wellness
  • Diversity in Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods

Select publications

  • James, L., & Todak, N. (2018). Prison employment and post-traumatic stress disorder: Risk and protective factors. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 61(9), 725–732.
  • James, L., Todak, N., & Best, S. (2017). The negative impact of prison work on sleep health. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 60(5), 449–456.
  • Shjarback, J. A., & Todak, N. (2019). The prevalence of female representation in supervisory and management positions in American law enforcement: An examination of organizational correlates. Women & Criminal Justice, 29(3), 129–147.
  • Todak, N. (2017). The decision to become a police officer in a legitimacy crisis. Women & Criminal Justice, 27(4), 250–270.
  • Todak, N., & Brown, K. (2019). Policewomen of color: A state-of-the-art review. Policing: An International Journal, 42(6), 1052–1062.
  • White, M. D., Todak, N., & Gaub, J. E. (2018). Examining body-worn camera integration and acceptance among police officers, citizens, and external stakeholders. Criminology & Public Policy, 17(3), 649–677.

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