Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

Jacqueline Helfgott

Director, Crime & Justice Research Center

PhD, Administration of Justice, Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Expertise

Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice


Jacqueline Helfgott is Professor and Director of the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice Crime and Justice Research Center. She holds a PhD and MA in Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University and BA from the University of Washington in Psychology and Society & Justice. Her research focuses on criminal behavior, corrections/reentry, policing and public safety, restorative/community justice, and crisis intervention in law enforcement. She has served as principal investigator on applied research that spans policing, courts, corrections, and victim services. She is currently principal investigator on the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, longitudinal evaluation of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Guardian-Oriented Law Enforcement Training, and Pilot Evaluation of the South King County Pretrial Services Pilot Program. She is author of No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice (Praeger, 2019), Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications, 2008), Editor of Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4 (Praeger, 2013), coauthor of Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013) Women Leading Justice: Experiences and Insights (Routledge, 2019), and Copycat Crime: How Media, Technology, and Digital Culture Influence Criminal Behavior (Praeger/Forthcoming). Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Criminal Justice, Police and Criminal Psychology, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. She serves on the Seattle Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Committee, regularly contributes to public discourse on crime and justice through media interviews and public scholarship.