Jacqueline Helfgott

Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department

Jacqueline Helfgott is Professor and Chair of 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, crisis intervention in law enforcement, and victim impact in criminal justice decision-making. She is author of Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications, 2008), Editor of Criminal Psychology, Volumes 1-4 (Praeger Publications, 2013), and coauthor of Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013). She is currently working on a book No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice (Sage Publications). Her work has been published in journals including Aggression and Violent Behavior, International Journal of Law & Psychiatry, 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 applied research and service in criminal justice since 1987. She has served as principal investigator on projects including evaluation of the crisis intervention team (CIT) model in law enforcement at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Seattle Police Department’s Officer/Mental Health Practitioner Partnership Pilot Program and implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team model, and development, implementation, and evaluation of “Citizens, Victims, and Offenders Restoring Justice” (CVORJ) a prison-based encounter program at the Washington State Reformatory, and implementation of evidence-based practice in United States Probation and Pretrial Services Western District. She is currently principal investigator on collaborative academic-practitioner research initiatives including evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans and the Seattle Women’s Reentry Project. 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 and on the Board of Directors for Interaction Transition (a non-profit ex-offender transition agency), and on the Board of Directors for Virginia Mason Separation and Loss (support services for family members following violent death). She facilitated a prison-based 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. She 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), 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.