Spencer Lawson

Spencer  Lawson
  • Instructor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2022, Michigan State University
  • MS 2017, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  • BS 2016, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis


Curriculum Vitae


Spencer G. Lawson is an Instructor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and a postdoctoral Sr. Research Scientist in the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Spencer’s research considers the practical implications for managing and preventing behavioral health conditions among adults with criminal-legal involvement and the safety and wellness of criminal-legal professionals, with other interests spanning topics such as organizational justice and pretrial reform. More recently, his research agenda has been driven by questions surrounding stress and suicide within criminal-legal systems. His recent work has appeared in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, American Journal of Criminal Justice, and BMC Psychiatry.



Differential Prediction by Race in IRAS-PAT Assessments: An Application of Debiasing Strategies.

Authors: Lawson, S.G., & Lowder, E.M. Year: 2022 Journal: Justice Quarterly

Correlates of Suicide Risk among Black and White Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal-Legal Systems

Authors: Lawson, S. G., Lowder, E. M., & Ray, B. Year: 2022 Journal: BMC Psychiatry

Occupational Stress and Attitudes Toward Misconduct in Law Enforcement: The Moderating Role of Organizational Justice

Authors: Lawson, S.G., Wolfe, S., Rojek, J., & Alpert, G.P. Year: 2021 Journal: Police Practice and Research

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: 2021 Journal: Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research

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

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