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Meghan A. Novisky

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Cleveland State University
Chapter Member: Northeast Ohio SSN

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About Meghan

Novisky's research focuses on identifying and understanding the collateral consequences of criminal justice system policies and contact. This includes the impacts that carceral contact has on health outcomes such as chronic and acute illness, mental health, and victimization, as well as the challenges survivors of violence face post-victimization. In addition to her academic research agenda, Novisky has worked as a consultant for the University of Cincinnati's Correction's Institute for over 9 years, where she provides training on evidence-based programming and behavioral outcomes to correctional staff across the United States. Novisky is also a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Sociological Association.

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"Approving State Issue 1 Likely Would Lower Crime Rates in Ohio," Meghan A. Novisky, CantonRep, November 1, 2018.


"Avoiding the Runaround: The Link between Cultural Health Capital and Health Management among Older Prisoners" Criminology (2018).

Examines the specific health promotion strategies available to, and used by, older men incarcerated across three U.S. prisons through a cultural health capital framework. Shows that older prisoners make deliberate choices to protect their health from the constraints and deprivations inherent in their carceral lives.

"Pathways to Depressive Symptoms among Former Inmates" (with Lauren C. Porter). Justice Quarterly 34, no. 5 (2016): 847-872.

Examines the association between incarceration and depressive symptoms among a sample of 13.131 young adults. Finds that a history of incarceration is associated with a higher expected rate of depressive symptoms and that this relationship operates most strongly through material hardship. Finds no differences in the main effect of incarceration across groups, but finds that the role of certain mediating variables may vary, with marital and employment status being a stronger mediator for males than females, and marriage being a stronger mediator for whites compared to blacks and Hispanics. Suggests that incarceration constitutes a potent stressor, but that the pathways to depressive symptoms may differ.