Crime and Place, Experimental and Computational Criminology, Quantitative Methods, Evaluation Research


Dr. Alese Wooditch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University in 2016. She is formerly a graduate research assistant in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, a research associate in the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, and served as an Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. Alese received her MA in criminal justice from Penn State University in 2009. Her research generally focuses on the geography of crime, risk assessment, and how methods from other disciplines can be used to inform our understanding of crime.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Wooditch, Alese. (2023). The benefits of patrol officers using unallocated time for everyday crime prevention. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 39, 161-185.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Johnson, Nicole, Solymosi,Reka, Medina, Juan Jose, & Langton, Samuel. (2021). A Beginner’s Guide to Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice using R. Springer.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Fisher, Ryan, Wu, Xiaoyun, & Johnson, Nicole J.  (2020). p-value problems? An examination of evidential value in criminology. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 36, 305-328.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Sloas, Lincoln, Wu, Xiaoyun, & Key, Aleisha.  (2020). Outcome reporting bias in randomized experiments on substance use disorders. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 36, 273-293.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Uchida, Craig D., Solomon, Shellie E., Revier, Lauren, Connor, Christine, Shutinya, Mariel, McCluskey, John, & Swatt, Marc. (2020). Officer perceptions of body-worn cameras: Findings from a panel survey of two LAPD divisions. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 45(3), 426-453. 
  • Wooditch, Alese, & Weisburd, David. (2016). Using space-time analysis to evaluate criminal justice programs: An application to stop-question-frisk practices. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 32(2), 191-213. 
  • Wooditch, Alese, Tang, Liansheng, & Taxman, Faye. (2014). Which criminogenic need changes are most important in promoting desistance from crime and substance use? Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(3), 276-299.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 2602 - Criminal Justice Statistics
  • CJ 2597 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Research
  • CJ 3102 - Community and Crime Prevention
  • CJ 3402 - Street-Level Criminology
  • CJ 8105 - Statistical Issues and Analysis of Criminal Justice Data
  • CJ 8320 - Criminology of Place
  • CJ 8330 - Criminal Justice Spatial Statistics