Dr. Ryon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2006. Dr. Ryon's previous professional experience includes working in juvenile justice and adult corrections, several years as a Senior Research Analyst with the Justice Research Center, and consulting with the National AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program. Dr. Ryon has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses including human behavior, research methods and social policy. Her scholarly research focuses on effective interventions for adult and juvenile offenders, sex trafficking, demand for illegal commercial sex, and sentencing disparities for disadvantaged populations. Dr. Ryon has received almost four million dollars in local, state and federal funding to support applied and academic research over the past 15 years. She has produced many technical reports and academic publications, and made several professional appearances such as panel discussions at the American Society of Criminology, and presentations to the Connecticut Families with Service Needs Advisory Board. Blending academic and applied research, Dr. Ryon is bridging the gap between scholars and practitioners with empirical results that are accessible to both communities.
Areas of Interest
- Effective interventions for adult and juvenile offenders
- Sex trafficking
- Disproportionate minority contact with the justice system
- Sentencing disparities for disadvantaged populations
- Policy change