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Tara Richards


Tara Richards

assistant professor
School of Criminal Justice


Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.6087

Ph.D., University of South Florida
M.S., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tara Richard's CV

Tara N. Richards’s major research interests include mental health, substance abuse and trauma/violence; violence against women and evaluation research. Her most recent empirical work has been published in Child Abuse and Neglect, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Violence and Victims and she is the co-editor of Sexual victimization: Then and Now. She is committed to academic-practitioner research partnerships and is currently serving as co-principal investigator on several such projects, including an evaluation of a cognitive behavioral therapy-based intervention for federal probation officer-probationer interactions and a state-wide assessment of a domestic violence risk assessment tool in Colorado. Dr. Richards also serves as the research coordinator for ongoing Medicaid-funded research on opioid abuse/treatment for Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. This research concerns the current state of medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence (with emphasis on Department of Children and Families' goals and impact of the Affordable Care Act).        

Dr. Richards serves on the board of the Maryland Partnership Against Child Sexual Abuse and has been honored by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime and the University of South Florida’s Department of Criminology for her policy relevant scholarship concerning intimate partner violence and her service to adolescent dating violence prevention efforts in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

Richards is the co-author of Sexual Victimization: Then and Now.

Listen to a podcast of her interview with Living Education eFocus News on assault and intimate partner violence on college campuses.

Listen to a podcast for her article in Women and Criminal Justice.