Rachel Elizabeth Lovell (Rachel Lovell )
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 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 1721
 Phone: 216-687-4500
 Email: r.e.lovell@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1721, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Gender-based violence, violence, victimization, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault kits, rape kits, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, sexual offenders, serial sexual offenders, offending typology, gun violence, evaluation, program evaluation, applied research, quantitative, qualitative, methoology
 
Education:
Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2007
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2001
B.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2000
 
Brief Bio:
Rachel Lovell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a sociologist and methodologist whose research focuses on gender-based violence and victimization, particularly sexual assault/rape, human trafficking, and intimate partner violence/domestic violence. Dr. Lovell is currently directing large action research projects on untested sexual assault kits in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force and Akron, Ohio, in partnership with the Akron Police Department, with funding provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Dr. Lovell is also the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Justice grant to employ machine learning technology to analyze the narratives of thousands of sexual assault police reports for "signaling" language regarding a victim's credibility. Prior to arriving at Cleveland State, Dr. Lovell was a Research Assistant Professor in the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University.
 
Honors and Awards:
Women of Achievement Award, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Case Western Reserve University, 2019.

Freedman Fellowship, Co-Fellow (with Misty Luminais). Data in the Service of Community Engagement: Risk Terrain Modeling of Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Geospatial Data. The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. (2018-2019). $7,450.

Freedman Fellowship, Fellow (with Misty Luminais). Visualizing the Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Cuyahoga County's Sexual Assault Kit Backlog. The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. (2017-2018). $9,000.
 
Research Interests:
Criminology, Victimology, Evaluation Research, Violence and Victimization, Interpersonal Violence, Women and Criminal Justice, Gender-Based Violence, Social Statistics, Social Research Methods, Gender Studies/Sociology of Women, Social Stratification/Inequality.
 
Teaching Areas:
Criminology, Victimology, Evaluation Research, Violence and Victimization, Interpersonal Violence, Women and Criminal Justice, Gender-Based Violence, Social Statistics, Social Research Methods, Gender Studies/Sociology of Women, Social Stratification/Inequality.
 
Professional Affiliations:
Division of Victimology, American Society of Criminology
Division of Women in Crime, American Society of Criminology
American Society of Criminology
 
Research Grants:
OVC FY 2019 Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking (with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center), PI, Research Partner (2020-2022). Total: $547,235, Research: 68,999 (2019-VT-BX-0077).

BJA's Assistance┬┐s Innovative Prosecution Solutions FY 2019 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2021). Total: $360,000, Research: $89,589 (2019-YX-BX-0018).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 1 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $2 million, Research: $328,100 (2019-AK-BX-0005).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 3, Owed DNA (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $1 million, Research: $200,000 (2019-AK-BX-0029).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2019, Purpose Area 1 (with City of Akron), PI, Research Partner (2019-2022). Total: $2 million, Research: $425,000 (2018-AK-BX-0004).

NIJ, Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women. Using Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modeling in Assessing the Impact of Police Signaling on Investigative and Prosecutorial Outcomes in Sexual Assault Reports. PI, (2019-2021). $770,151 (2018-VA-CX-0002).

Cleveland Foundation. Feasibility Study for a Multi-Disciplinary Sex Crimes Task Force in Cuyahoga County PI, (2019-2020). $99,898.

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2018, Purpose Area 1 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office), PI, Research Partner (2018-2021). Total: $2 million, Research: $315,714 (2018-AK-BX-0001).

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Evaluation of Victim Advocacy at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Co-PI, (2017-2018) $100,000.

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2016, Purpose Area 2 ("Owed" DNA) (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor┬┐s Office). PI, Research Partner. Total: $1 million. Research: $401,102. (2016-2019) (2016-AK-BX-K011).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2016, Purpose Area 1 (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office). PI, Research Partner. Total: $1 million. RESEARCH: $457,222 (2016-2019) (2016-AK-BX-K016).

Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners. Evaluation of the Tapestry System of Care PI, (2016-2019). $450,000.

NIH-National Institute of Mental Health. Peripheral Neuroinflammatory Predictors of Suicidal Risk at Time of Inpatient Discharge in Adolescents (with Cleveland Clinic). Co-Investigator, (2016-2019). Research: $18,870 (R21-MH108857).

BJA's National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative FY 2015. Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (with Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office). Co-PI (with Daniel J. Flannery), Research Partner, (2015-2018), Total: $1.99 million, Research: $484,868 (2015-AK-BX-K009).

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Sexual Assault Kit Research Project. Co-PI (with Daniel J. Flannery), (2014-2015). $110,000.