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.