Spencer Lawson

Spencer  Lawson
  • PhD Candidate
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • MS 2017, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • BS 2016, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • 141 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 432-3053


Curriculum Vitae


Spencer G. Lawson, M.S., is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2016 and a Master of Science in criminal justice and public safety in 2017 from SPEA-IUPUI. His community-based research focuses broadly on justice-involved behavioral health populations and police safety & wellness, with special focus on organizational justice and pretrial risk assessments. Lawson’s recent work has appeared in CriminologyJustice QuarterlyCriminology & Public Policy, and Police Quarterly.


Five-County Validation of the Indiana Risk Assessment System – Pretrial Assessment Tool (IRAS-PAT) Using a Local Validation Approach

Authors: Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. Year: Forthcoming Journal: Justice Quarterly

The Organizational Justice Effect Among Criminal Justice Employees: A Meta-Analysis

Authors: Wolfe, S. & Lawson, S.G. Year: 2020 Journal: Criminology

Two-Year Outcomes Following Naloxone Administration by Police Officers or Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Authors: Lowder, E. M., Lawson, S. G., O’Donnell, D., Sightes, E., & Ray, B. Year: 2020 Journal: Criminology & Public Policy

Predicting Police Officer Seatbelt Use: Evidence-Based Solutions to Improve Officer Driving Safety

Authors: Wolfe, S., Lawson, S.G., Rojek, J., & Alpert, G. Year: 2020 Journal: Police Quarterly

Does Re-Entry Court Completion Affect Recidivism Three Years After Exit? Results From A Retrospective Cohort Study

Authors: Lawson, S.G., Grommon, E., & Ray, B. Year: 2019 Journal: Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research