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Janelle Duda-Banwar

Senior Research Associate

Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts
Visiting Assistant Professor

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Janelle Duda-Banwar

Senior Research Associate

Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts
Visiting Assistant Professor

Bio

Dr. Janelle Duda-Banwar is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Public Safety Initiatives (CPSI) at Rochester Institute of Technology. Duda-Banwar received her PhD  in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She received her MSW from California State University, Long Beach and her BSW from Xavier University in Cincinnati. 

Through CPSI she works with student research assistants to conduct action research in the local community. She works closely with local agencies to implement and evaluate interventions. Her research interests include court practices and justice, gun violence reduction, community responses to social problems, and moral and ethical development. She has worked closely with local agencies to develop, implement, and evaluate community-level interventions. In this capacity, she has worked on projects to reduce gun violence, reduce recidivism, and to respond to emerging needs within the criminal justice system. 

Current projects include: Project CLEAN to disrupt the open-air heroin market in northeast Rochester, implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder in the local jail, Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization (CERV) is a hospital-based violence intervention program to reduce interpersonal gun violence, and assessing the social and economic impact of court processing for low-level offenses. 

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In the News

  • April 22, 2020

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    Researchers study drug treatment programs

    Members of RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives are doing their part to help combat the opioid epidemic by determining the effectiveness of a dependency treatment program offered to inmates at the Monroe County Jail.