Dr. Arthur Lurigio appointed Senior Associate Dean in CAS
Dr. Arthur J. Lurigio, a psychologist, and Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology and of Psychology, was recently appointed Senior Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lurigio will continue to focus on faculty affairs for the College, while also directing new initiatives. He will work with Emeriti faculty in an effort to keep them strongly connected to Loyola; work closely with the new director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability to create policies and procedures for faculty as it launches into its own school; and function as the project developer for the Center for Urban Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (CUSTAR), which is in the planning stages. Dr. Lurigio’s skills at helping to create new academic and service programs are unparalleled.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Lurigio has performed community service for the Cook County Criminal Courts. In that capacity, he helped launch the country’s first specialized unit for adult probationers with mental illness. Since its inception more than two decades ago, the program has successfully case managed thousands of people with serious mental illness on community supervision. More recently, Dr. Lurigio was instrumental in designing and evaluating the Cook County Mental Health Court, which is one of the few that supervises an exclusive caseload of prison-bound, felony probationers. He was also a member of a cadre of researchers evaluating the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team for the mentally ill and was the principal investigator on a study of the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, which evaluates youth for mental health problems. Dr. Lurigio also served on a Blue Ribbon Panel that spearheaded the creation of a Division of Domestic Violence Court, and he is the chairperson of the Court County Juvenile Court Research Consortium. Currently, he is studying court programs for people with mental illness. This research is funded with grants from the National Institute for Justice.
Dr. Lurigio is also a member of the Graduate Faculty and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Research, Training, and Education (CARTE) at Loyola University. In 2003 Dr. Lurigio was named a faculty scholar, one of the highest honors bestowed on senior faculty at Loyola University. In recognition of his continued scholar productivity, he was named in 2013 a Master Researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the College he developed a number of Interdisciplinary Programs including Human Services, Psychology of Crime and Justice, Forensic Sciences, and Bioinformatics.
Dr. Lurigio's research is focused primarily in the areas of offender drug abuse and dependence problems, drug treatment services, mental disorders and crime, community corrections, police-community relations, criminal victimization, and victim services. In recognition of the overall outstanding contributions of his research to practices in the fields of psychology and criminal justice, Dr. Lurigio was conferred the University of Cincinnati Award in 1996, the Hans W. Mattick Award in 2003, the Champion for Recovery: Excellence in Research Award in 2009, the University of Illinois: Distinguished Contributions to Criminal Justice Research and Practice Award in 2010, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Career Award in 2010.
Loyola’s Criminal Justice and Criminology Department has repeatedly provided expert voices for news outlets throughout Chicago and the nation. Dr. Lurigio is a nationally recognized expert on violence and crime. His opinions have appeared in several news articles on the subject in recent months including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Magazine, the Science Christian Monitor, and USA Today. He is regularly interviewed for radio and television networks and local stations including WBEZ, WGN Radio 720, NPR, and ABC News 7. One of the highlights for the year includes an interview with WBEZ. As one of the expert advisors on Chicago’s first Community Policing Strategy more than 20 years ago, Dr. Lurigio was interviewed on WBEZ’s Morning Shift about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to revamp the Strategy. Through his historical knowledge and understanding, Dr. Lurigio helps keep Loyola University connected to the larger Chicago community and keep Loyola in the news on a national level.
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