Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD
PhD, Administration of Justice
Professor, Criminal Justice
Director, Crime & Justice Research Center
Building/Room: Casey 330-12
Jacqueline Helfgott is a Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Seattle University. She has a PhD and MA in Administration of Justice with graduate minor in psychology from Pennsylvania State University and BA from the University of Washington in Psychology and Society & Justice. Her research interests include criminal behavior, psychopathy, copycat crime, corrections, offender reentry, community and restorative justice/public safety, and victim impact in criminal justice decision-making. She is author of No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2019), Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications, 2008), Editor of Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4 (Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2013), coauthor (with E. Gunnison) of Women Leading Justice: Experiences and Insights (Routledge, 2019) and Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013), and co-editor (with E. Gunnison) of the Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society. Her work has been published in journals including Aggression and Violent Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, International Review of Victimology, Crime Victim’s Report, Federal Probation, and Criminal Justice Policy Review. She has been involved in research and service in correctional and law enforcement settings since 1987. From 1997-2000 she was principal investigator on a project funded by the Soros Open Society Institute's Center on Crime, Communities and Culture that involved development, implementation, and evaluation of "Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice" (CVORJ) a prison-based encounter program at the Washington State Reformatory. She coordinated a prison public art program called the “Creative Expressions Project” at the Washington Corrections Center for Women from 1993-1998 and at the Washington State Reformatory from 1993- 2010, and has been involved in research evaluating crisis intervention team model in law enforcement.
She is currently working on a book Copycat Crime: How Media Technology and Digital Culture Influence Criminal Behavior and Violence (Praeger/ABC-CLIO) and is involved in applied research as principal investigator on projects evaluating the crisis intervention team (CIT) model in law enforcement at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and Seattle Police Department and evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, the Seattle Police Department’s “IF Project” and Seattle Women’s Reentry, and the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island that houses civilly committed sexually violent predators, Board of Directors for Virginia Mason Separation and Loss (support services for family members following violent death), Interaction Transition (a non-profit ex-offender transition agency), and currently serves on the Seattle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Committee (CIC), and is a volunteer with Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy, a non-profit organization that provides resources and support for victims of psychopathy. She is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Western Society of Criminology (WSC) Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP), International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH), and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). Outside of her professional affiliations she is a member of Marathon Maniacs and the Seattle Urban Sketchers.
Teaching and Research Interests
Ph.D.1992, Pennsylvania State University; Administration of Justice/Graduate Minor, Psychology
M.A.1991, Pennsylvania State University; Administration of Justice/Graduate Minor, Psychology
B.A.1988, University of Washington; Society & Justice and Psychology
• Criminal Justice Theory (Graduate)
• Typologies of Crime & Criminal Behavior (Graduate)
• The Psychopath (Undergraduate/Graduate)
• Forensic Psychology
• Murder Movies & Copycat Crime
• Introduction to Criminal Justice
• Forensic Science
• Criminal Profiling
• Deviance & Social Control
• Criminal Justice Research Methods
• Gender, Race, & Crime
• Law, Society, & Justice
• Punishment & Social Theory
• Adult Corrections
• Juvenile Corrections
• Correctional Counseling
• Probation & Parole
• Correctional Organization and Management
• Police Organization & Behavior
• Criminal Behavior
• Offender reentry
• Restorative Justice
Helfgott, J.B., Hickman, M.J., & Labossiere, A. (In Press) A descriptive evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Crisis response team officer/mental health professional partnership pilot program. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.
Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (In Press). A day in the life of a day reporting center. Corrections Compendium.
Helfgott, J.B. (2015) Criminal behavior and the copycat effect: Review of the literature and theoretical framework for empirical investigation. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 22, 46-64.
Gunnison, E., Helfgott, J.B., & Wilhelm, C. (2015). Correctional Practitioners on Offender Reentry: A Missed Perspective, Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 2(1), 51-73.
Helfgott, J.B. (Ed.) (2013). Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2013) Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment. Boulder, C: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2011). Factors that hinder reentry success: A view from community corrections officers. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(2), 1-18.
Helfgott, J.B. (2008). Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Helfgott, Jacqueline B.,and Elaine Gunnison. 2008. “The Influence of Social Distance on Community Corrections Officer Perceptions of Offender Reentry Needs.” Federal Probation June: 2-12.
Gunnison, E. & Helfgott, J.B. (2007). Community corrections officer perceptions of sex-offender reentry needs and challenges. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 22(1).
Helfgott, J.B. (2004).Primitive defenses in the language of the psychopath: Considerations for forensic practice. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 4(3), 1-29.
Helfgott, J.B. (2003).The prison tour as a pedagogical tool in undergraduate criminal justice courses.Corrections Compendium, 28(8), 1-2+.
Helfgott, J.B., Lovell,M.L., Lawrence, C.F., & Parsonage, W.H. (2000). Results from the pilot study of the Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice Program at the Washington State Reformatory. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 16, 5-31.
Helfgott, J.B., Lovell, M.L., Lawrence, C.F., & Parsonage, W.H. (2000). Development of the Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice Program at the Washington State Reformatory. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 10,363-399.
Helfgott, J.B. (1997). Exoffender needs versus community opportunity in Seattle,Washington. Federal Probation, 61, 12-24.
Helfgott, J. B.(1997). The unconscious defensive process/conscious cognitive style relationship in psychopaths. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 24,278-293.
Principal Investigator (with E. Gunnison, Co-Investigator). United States Probation and Pretrial Services Evidence-Based Practice Playbook and Evaluation of MRT. Award Amount $50,000.
Principal Investigator (with W. Parkin, Co-Investigator). Evaluation of the Seattle Police Micro-community Policing Plans. Award Amount: $168,458.
Principal Investigator. Seattle Police Crisis Intervention Team-SPD Culture Survey. Seattle Police Foundation. Award: $15,000.
Principal Investigator. Evaluation of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s “Warrior to Guardian” Model. WSCJTC. Award Amount: $60,000
Co-Investigator (with W. Parkin, Principal Investigator and P. Collins, Co-Investigator). Developing a Public Safety Plan for Yesler Terrace. Seattle Housing Authority. Award Amount: $72,734.
Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title Award for Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4. (Received Choice top rating “Essential”). Choice, a publication of the American Library Association, reviews thousands of books for academic libraries. More than 22,000 academic librarians, faculty, and decision-makers depend on Choice reviews for their collections.
Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences Summer Scholarly Research Fellowship. Pilot Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s ‘IF’ Project (with E. Gunnison, P. Collins, J. Sumner, S. Rice, S. Robinson). $7, 000.00.
Principal Investigator (with M. Hickman). Crisis Intervention Team/Mental Health Partnership Pilot Evaluation. $24,680.00.
Seattle University Arts & Sciences Faculty Research/Promotion Fellowship. Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, & Criminal Justice Applications (book);No Remorse: Psychopathy & Criminal Justice (book). Award:$5,000.00, 2005.
Seattle University Summer Faculty Research Fellowship. The Prison Tour: Real World Exposure to Prison as a Pedagogical Tool in Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses (article). Award: 6,000.00, 2001.
Seattle University Arts & Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship. Narrative Responses of Borderline Primitive Defenses in Psychopaths (article). Award: $5,000.00, 2000.
Program Director/Principal Investigator. Citizens,Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice. Award: $47,900.00 The Center on Crime Communities and Culture of the Open Society Institute (NewYork, NY), 1999-2000.
Program Director/Principal Investigator. Citizens,Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice. Award: $49,400.00 The Center on Crime Communities and Culture of the Open Society Institute (NewYork, NY), 1997-1998.
Washington State Reformatory Creative Expressions Project