Crime and Place, Risk-Needs-Responsivity, Human Trafficking, Experimental and Computational Criminology, Quantitative Methods


Dr. Alese Wooditch is an Assistant 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, Sloas, Lincoln, Wu, Xiaoyun,* & Key, Aleisha.* Outcome reporting bias in randomized experiments on substance use disorders. (2019). Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Mbaba, Mary, Kiss, Marissa, Lawson, William, Altice, Fredrick, & Taxman, Faye. Housing experiences among opioid-dependent, criminal justice-involved individuals in Washington, D.C. (2018).  Journal of Urban Health, 95(1), 61-70.
  • 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, 191.   
  • Nelson, Matthew, Wooditch, Alese, & Dario, Lisa. (2015). Sample size, effect size, and statistical power: A replication study of Weisburd’s paradox. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 11(1), 141-163.
  • 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.
  • Wooditch, Alese, Lawton, Brian, & Taxman, Faye. (2013). The geography of drug abuse epidemiology among probationers in Baltimore. Journal of Drug Issues, 43(2), 231-240.  
  • Wooditch, Alese. (2011). The Efficacy of the Trafficking in Persons Report: A Review of the Evidence. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 22(4), 471-493.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 2602 – Criminal Justice Statistics
  • CJ 2597 – Introduction to Criminal Justice Research
  • CJ 3402 – Street-Level Criminology