Christine Gordon

Research Assistant
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Christine currently assists in evaluating the impact of municipal drug court, mental health court, human trafficking court and veteran’s treatment court. In this role, she engages with internal and external stakeholders to develop tools, reports and training as it relates to evaluation and monitoring of programs and services offered to justice involved individuals to ensure the courts and treatment providers are following the national treatment court model.

Her past experience working in a research/evaluation capacity allowed her to gain thorough understanding of grant funded programs and services working from both a grantee and grantor capacity.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario. The Adult Development program examines the many influences that psychological, social, biological and economic factors have on development, capabilities, health and relationships from young adulthood to the elder years, as well as how to apply that knowledge to promote individual development, capabilities, health and relationships across the lifespan. Since joining the Begun team, she has gained certificates in Seeking Safety and Chemical Dependence Counseling Assistance, and is pursuing graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? Drug addiction has had a fatal and growing impact on our community, particularly in the last few years. It is essential to evaluate and create specialized dockets to continue to serve vulnerable populations in our community. Our work gives those with no voice a second chance: we are changing the dialogue and attitudes about addiction and crime. I have attended graduations of clients in the specialty dockets, and heard the message, “I was not interested in this program when I started, but this program saved/changed my life.” As many graduations as I attend, I still get chills! These programs mean the world to some people.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? I have always been passionate about working with stigmatized populations. Substance abuse and mental health, particularly with justice-involved populations, is not glamorous work to many, but the work we do is unbelievably important to the community and the overall economy.