Daniel J. Flannery is the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth Begun Professor and Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His research has been published in a variety of scientific outlets including The New England Journal of Medicine, Developmental Psychology, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Criminology and Public Policy. He is also author of several books including Violence in Everyday Life (2006), Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program (2013), and the upcoming Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd edition, 2018). His primary areas of research are in youth violence prevention, the link between violence and mental health, and community-based program evaluation.
The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is the largest research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. The Begun Center has a long record of applied, community-based research, training, advocacy, and technical assistance since 1998. The Begun Center is made up of a professional staff of 35 social scientists, 15 of whom hold doctoral degrees, from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. Begun Center researchers are nationally recognized scholars whose publications are well-cited in research on exposure to violence, mental health, youth gangs, correctional management, and organizational culture. These researchers have experience in county, state, and federally funded research and evaluation projects, including large-scale multi-state and multi-county designs.
Fugitive Safe Surrender
Cleveland Foundation’s My Community My Commitment (MyCom)
Cuyahoga County DJA in Collaboration with Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Court Felony
Drug Court Project
Offender Reentry Program for Juveniles
Catholic Charities Services
Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care & Youth and Family Community Partnership
Family and Children First Council’s My Community My Commitment Project (MyCom)
Second Chance Act: A Demonstration Project for Adult Offender Reentry
Cleveland Foundation’s My Community My Commitment (MyCom)
Children Exposed to Violence
Flannery, D.J., Fox, J.A., Wallace, L.N., Mulvey, E., & Modzeleski, W. (2021). Guns, school shooters and school safety: What we know and directions for change. School Psychology Review.
Lovell, R., Singer, M., Flannery, D.J., & McGuire, M. (2021). The Case for ‘Investigate All’: Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Investigating No CODIS Hit Cases in a Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. Journal of Forensic Sciences.
Lovell, R., McGuire, M., Lorincz-Comi, N., Overman, L., Dover, T., and Flannery, D.J. (in press). Examining walking-waiting sexual assaults from previously untested sexual assault kits: The intersection of stranger and outdoor sexual assaults. Victims and Offenders.
Lovell, R., Luminais, M., Flannery, D.J., Overman, L., Huang, D., Walker, T., Clark, D.R. (2017). Offending patterns for serial sex offenders identified via the DNA testing of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Journal of Criminal Justice (52) 68-78.
Butcher, F., Holmes, M.R., Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D.J. (2016). Polyvictimization across social contexts: Home, school, and neighborhood violence exposure. Criminal Justice and Behavior (43) 12.
Galanek, J., Duda, J., Flannery, D.J., Kretschmar, J., & Butcher, F. (2016). Fugitive Safe Surrender: A qualitative analysis of participant’s reasons for surrender and anticipated outcomes to inform program evaluation. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, 4, 161-187.
Flannery, D.J., Todres, J., Bradshaw, C. et al. (2016). Bullying prevention: A summary of the report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Prevention Science. 2016 Nov;17(8):1044-1053.
Kretschmar, J., Tossone, K., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D.J. (2016). Patterns of poly victimization in a sample of at-risk youth. Journal of Child Abuse and Trauma.
Timmons-Mitchell, J.T., Levesque, D., Harris, L., Flannery, D.J., & Falcone, T. (2016). Pilot test of StandUp, an online school-based bullying prevention program. Children and Schools, 38, 71-79.
Flannery, D., & Farrell, A. (2016). "Evaluating school-based violence prevention programs: Challenges and opportunities now and into the future." In Mayer, M., & Jimerson, S. (Eds.). School safety and violence prevention: Science, Practice and Policy Driving Change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Lovell, R., Flannery, D., & Luminais, M. (2016). "Lessons learned: Serial sex offenders identified from backlogged sexual assault kits (SAKs)." In Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (2016). "New directions in research on violence: Bridging science, practice and policy." In Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., Flannery, D. J., & Singer, M. (2016). Diverting juvenile justice-involved youth with behavioral health issues from detention: Preliminary findings from Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27, 302-325.
Baughman Sladky, M., Hussey, D., Flannery, D., Jefferis, E. (2015). "Adolescent delinquency and violent behavior." In T. P. Gullotta, R. W. Plant, M. A. Evans (Eds.). Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, 2nd edition (pp. 445-471). New York: Springer Press.
Butcher, F., Galanek, J., Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). The impact of neighborhood disorganization on neighborhood exposure to violence, trauma symptoms and social relationships among at-risk youth. Social Science and Medicine, 146, 300-306.
Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Singer, M., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children in an at-risk sample of youth. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6 (2), 251-268.
Singer, M.I., Flannery, D.J., Kretschmar, J., and Bartholomew, J. (2015). Brief report: A county-wide survey of residents’ violence exposure. Journal of Psychiatry, 18, 14-16.
Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University. Research on Social Work Practice. 25 (2) 278-85.
Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2014). "The impact of bullying and cyberbullying on depression and suicidality." In Van Dulmen, M., Bossarte, R. & Swahn, M. (Eds.), Developmental and Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Prevention: An Integrated Approach. SkiKnow Press.
Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2014). "Aspects of bullying and its relationship to suicide." In Van Dulmen, M., Bossarte, R. & Swahn, M. (Eds). Developmental and Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Prevention: An Integrated Approach, pp.58-83. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.
Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Lin, Y., Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). Analysis of the validity scales in the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 695-704.
Flannery, D.J., van Dulmen, M.H., & Mata, A. (2013). "Developmental trajectories of exposure to violence." In M.J. Delisi & K. Beaver (Eds.), The life-Course of Antisocial Behavior: Aggression to Delinquency to Crime. Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2013). An evaluation of the behavioral health/juvenile justice (BHJJ) initiative. Behavioral Health in Ohio—Current Research Trends, 1(2), 18-30.
Brunell, A., Davis, M., Schley, D., Eng, A., Van Dulmen, M., Wester, K., & Flannery, D. (2013). A new measure of interpersonal exploitativeness. Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences. 2013 May 29;4:299.
Flannery, D.J., Modzeleski, W., & Kretschmar, J. (2013). Violence and school shootings. Invited Paper. Current Psychiatry Reports, 15, 331-337.
Dan Flannery shares suggestions for preventing gun violence
Crain’s Cleveland Business; September 29, 2022
Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions
The Conversation; November 13, 2016
Here’s how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health
The Conversation; March 28, 2016
Police are first social responders; let’s help them work with citizens
St. Louis Post; December 23, 2014
Suicide risk can help us understand school shootings
CNN; December 24, 2012
Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice
Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program
The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression
Violence and Mental Health in Everyday Life
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