Natalie Todak

Natalie Todak

Assistant Professor
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Research Interests: Policing; corrections; evidence-based policy; Diversity, health, and wellness in CJ employees; 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 research 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 and minority police officers.

In 2019, she was selected as a LEADS Academic by the U.S. National Institute of Justice, recognized for experience in research and demonstrated investment both in partnering with a law enforcement agency and collecting original data from that agency.

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 and Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Employee Health and Wellness
  • Diversity in Criminal Justice Agencies
  • Qualitative and Mixed Research Methods

Select publications

  • Todak, Natalie & Katherine Brown (forthcoming). Policewomen of color: A state-of-the-art review. Policing: An International Journal.
  • Todak, Natalie & Michael D. White (forthcoming). Expert officer perceptions of de-escalation in policing. Policing: An International Journal.
  • Shjarback, John A. & Natalie Todak (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.
  • White, Michael D., Natalie Todak, & Janne E. Gaub (2018). Examining body-worn camera integration and acceptance among police officers, citizens, and external stakeholders. Criminology and Public Policy, 17(3), 649-77.
  • Todak, Natalie (2017). The decision to become a police officer in a legitimacy crisis. Women & Criminal Justice, 27(4), 250-70.
  • James, Lois, Natalie Todak, & Suzanne Best (2017). The negative impact of prison work on sleep health. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 60(5), 449-56.

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