Dr. Leana Bouffard is the Director of the Crime Victims' Institute. Her research interests focus on violence against women, police response to domestic violence, sexual aggression among college students, and the effects of parenting on criminal behavior. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence Against Women, and Feminist Criminology, among others. She previously served as Co-Editor for the Western Criminology Review, and she is the recipient of several grants, including a 2008 grant of $300,000 from the MacArthur Foundation to study a truancy project in Washington state. In her role as Director, she has led CVI in serving as a research partner to Lone Star Legal Aid on an OVC-funded project to conduct an assessment of the legal service needs of crime victims in Texas. In 2007, she was named an "Academic Star" among recent female criminology and criminal justice Ph.D.s in an article published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.
Dr. Cortney Franklin is the Assistant Director of the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University. Her research focuses on violence against women, including sexual assault on college campuses, intimate partner violence, and perceptions of sex trafficking victims. Her recent work involves police officer attitudes toward victims of sexual and family violence. She has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that have appeared in Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence Against Women, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Feminist Criminology.