Emily J. Salisbury

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Expertise: Best practices in prisons, jails, probation, and parole, Offender rehabilitation, Women offenders


Emily Salisbury’s research focuses on evidence-based correctional policy, offender risk/needs assessment, and effective treatment intervention strategies, with a particular focus on women and girls and gender-responsive policy. She is one of the original developers of the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA) instruments, which is a suite of correctional assessments specifically designed and validated to measure the needs and strengths of justice-involved women using a trauma-responsive approach. As a result, UNLV is now the primary source for WRNA research, training, and implementation for correctional agencies across the U.S. and internationally.

In 2017, her research on women offenders was recognized by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing, which awarded her the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award. Between 2013-2017, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Criminal Justice and Behavior, an academic journal that is the leading publication source for research on evidence-based practices in corrections. Dr. Salisbury was also identified as one of the Top 100 Criminology and Criminal Justice scholars between 2009-2013 based on publications and citations. In addition, she is co-editor of the book, Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation (9th ed.), and regularly serves as a principal investigator and technical assistant with several local, state, and federal correctional agencies (e.g., U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Nevada, California, Oregon, Missouri, New York, Singapore, Namibia, Czech Republic). For more information about her research, please contact emily.salisbury@unlv.edu.


  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, Castleton State College
  • B.A., Psychology, William Jewell College

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Emily J. Salisbury In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 29, 2018
Breanna Boppre joined her father onstage two years ago for his birthday.
Las Vegas Sun
May 16, 2017
A giant step backward. A declaration of war. The worst legislation for women’s health in a generation. These were among reactions to the May 4 passage of the American Health Care Act through the U.S. House of Representatives, from the American Civil Liberties Union, advocacy group UltraViolet and health care provider Planned Parenthood, which will lose all federal grants and reimbursements for a year if the bill were to clear the Senate.
Wisonville Spokesman
February 22, 2017
The women's prison population has tripled in the past two decades because of sentencing reforms and a criminal justice system that is biased against women, according to a criminal justice reform researcher.
Independent Voter Network
January 24, 2017
Over the course of 25 years, women’s incarceration has increased drastically, and has reached a point where females are jailed at a rate of nearly 150 percent when compared to men. According to the ACLU, there are now more than 200,000 women behind bars and more than one million women on probation and parole–many of which have been caught up by the “war on drugs,” with heavy sentences for non-violent offenses.

Articles Featuring Emily J. Salisbury

Hands rest hanging ourside of jail bars
Business and CommunityAugust 30, 2016
Criminal justice professor Emily J. Salisbury studies how the treatment of inmates affects all of us.
Rehan Choudhry speaks during UNLV Creates
Campus NewsAugust 24, 2015
Annual welcome event features TED-like motivational talks that inspire incoming students to make the most of their college experience.
Emily Salisbury
Campus NewsAugust 7, 2015
Does it seem daunting to decide on your career path? Professor Emily Salisbury knows your pain. Here's her advice for Rebels trying to find their way.
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Campus NewsJuly 29, 2015
The annual academic induction event gets incoming freshman in the mindset for success. The entire campus community is encouraged to attend 9 a.m. Aug. 21.