Ira Sommers, Ph.D.

Title: Instructor, Director of the Minor in Psychology, Crime & Justice
Office: Lewis Towers 924, WTC
Phone: 312.915.7562

Ira Sommers, Ph.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the Director of the Minor in Psychology, Crime, and Justice.  Dr. Sommers received his doctorate in Social Work in 1983 from the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a NIMH post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Department of Sociology.  Most recently, Dr. Sommers was a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles.   In addition to teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, for 11 years, Dr. Sommers was the Director of the CSULA Graduate Masters Program in Criminal Justice.

Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Sommers has conducted and published research on a wide range of topics, including female offending, substance abuse and violence, forensic mental health, substance use and risk behaviors, and domestic violence.  He is co-author of The Social Consequences of Methamphetamine Use (2004), Workin' Hard for the Money: The Social and Economic Lives of Female Drug Dealers (2000) and Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime (1998). In addition, Dr. Sommers published over 50 journal articles and/or book chapters and was either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous grants including but not limited to the National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Guggenheim Foundation, totaling approximately $10 million dollars. Recently, he completed a National Science Foundation grant studying Methamphetamine Use and Violence and a National Institute of Justice study that assessed the role and impact of forensic evidence on the criminal justice outcomes.