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Natalie Todak

Natalie Todak

Associate Professor
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Research Interests: Policing; Evidence-Based Policy; Mixed Methods

Teaching Interests: Policing; Research Methods in Criminal Justice

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. Natalie Todak is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She uses qualitative and mixed research methods to study critical issues in policing. Her current work is focused on police diversity, culture, misconduct, and whistleblowing. In 2019, she was selected as a National Institute of Justice LEADS Academic, in recognition of her collaborative work with agencies to further evidence-based policing. In 2022, she was the American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, Early Career Award winner, which recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of policing by someone who has received their Ph.D. degree within the last five years.

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  • Research Interests

    Police diversity; police culture; police misconduct; whistleblowing.

  • Select publications

    For a complete list of published work, see Dr. Todak's Google Scholar Profile.

  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • Early Career Award Winner. Division of Policing, American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, GA. November 2022. Committee Chair: Jason Ingram.
    • Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Paper. “Emotional Intelligence in Policing: A State-of-the-Art Review” published in Policing: An International Journal. September 2022.
    • Nominee, Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, 2021. Nominated by the UAB Office of the Vice President for Research, the Provost, and the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, October 20, 2020.
    • NIJ Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Academic. Selected for experience in research and demonstrated investment both in partnering with a law enforcement agency and collecting original data from that agency. August 2019 – Present.