BiographyDr. Eileen M. Ahlin is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Ahlin joined the faculty in 2013 after 15 years at Westat where she conducted research at the federal, state, and local levels on topics such as DWI prevention, Adult Treatment Drug Courts, Community Courts, Kiosks for Probation Reporting, and Family Treatment Courts. She is also an experienced T/TA provider for adult and youth criminal justice treatment programs. She received a B.A. in Administration of Justice and Sociology (multiple major) from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Sociology (focus on crime, delinquency, and corrections) from George Mason University. Dr. Ahlin earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on healthy communities by taking a multi-pronged, or holistic, approach to discovering ways in which formal and informal social controls shape offending behavior and encompasses two major themes, corrections and violence. Her work addresses how the formal and informal social controls in the community serve to protect against offending and exposure to violence.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Corrections (community corrections, prisons)