Alison Cares, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology

508-767-7608 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 215

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
M.A. in Crime, Law, & Justice, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002
A.B. in Government and Religion, Dartmouth College, 1995

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Principles of Sociology
Criminology
Research Methods
Victimology

Publications & Editorships

Articles

Haynes, S.H., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2015). Reducing the harm of criminal victimization: The role of restitution. Violence & Victims, 30(3), 450-469.

Cares, A.C., Banyard, V.L., Moynihan, M., Potter, S., Stapleton, J, & Williams, L.M. (2015). Changing attitudes about being a bystander to violence: Translating an in-person education program to a new campus. Violence Against Women, 21(2), 165-187.

Moynihan, M.M., Banyard, V.L., Cares, A.C., Potter, S.J., Williams, L.M., & Stapleton, J.S. (2015). Encouraging responses in sexual and relationship violence prevention: What program effects remain one year later? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(1), 110-132.

Cares, A.C., Hirschel, D., & Williams, L.M. (2014). Teaching about victimization in an online environment: Translating in person empathy and support to the internet. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 25(4), 405-420.

Haynes, S.H., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2014). Juvenile economic sanctions: An analysis of their imposition, payment, and effect on recidivism. Criminology & Public Policy, 13(1), 31- 60.

Banyard, V.L., Moynihan, M., Cares, A.C., & Warner, R. (2014). How do we know if it works? Measuring outcomes in bystander-focused abuse prevention on campuses. Psychology of Violence, 4(1), 101-115.

Cares, A.C., & Cusick, G.R. (2012). Risks and opportunities of faith and culture: The case of abused Jewish women. Journal of Family Violence, 27(5), 427-435.

Ruback, R. B., Cares, A. C., & Hoskins, S. N. (2008). Crime victims’ perceptions of restitution: The importance of payment and understanding. Violence & Victims, 23(6), 697-710.

Book Chapters

Cares, A.C., Moynihan, M.M., & Banyard, V.L. (2014). Taking stock of bystander programmes: Changing attitudes and behaviours towards sexual violence. In N. Henry & A. Powell (Eds.), Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture (pp.170-188). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cares, A.C. (2009). The “transmission” of violence across generations. In E. Stark & E. Buzawa (Eds.), Violence Against Women in Families and Relationships (Vol.2, pp.23-39). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Kan, M., & Cares, A. C. (2006). From “friends with benefits” to “going steady”: New directions in understanding romance and sex in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In A. Booth & A. Crouter (Eds.) Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Risks and Opportunities (pp.241-258). Mahweh, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.

Technical Reports

Banyard, V.L., Potter, S., Williams, L., Cares, A., Moynihan, M., & Stapleton, J. (2012). Final report: Enhancing bystander efficacy to prevent sexual violence: Extending primary prevention to two college campuses. Submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

Harris, C., & Cares, A.C. (2010). University of Massachusetts Lowell Campus Safety and Well Being Survey Final Report. Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Cares, A. C., Cusick, G. R., Michels, L., & Hess, N. (2009). Final report to SHALVA - Giving voice to the unspeakable: Responding to domestic violence in Chicago’s Jewish community. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.

Cares, A. C. (2007). State of Connecticut family violence arrest incidents, 2003-2004, annual report. New Britain, CT: State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and Connecticut Statistical Analysis Center, Central Connecticut State University.

Ruback, R. B., Cares, A. C., & Hoskins, S. N. (2006). Evaluation of best practices in restitution and victim compensation orders and payments. State College, PA: Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.

Other

Cares, A.C. (Forthcoming). Out of the shadows: Teaching openly about victimization across disciplines. The Blue Review.

Cares, A.C., & Haynes, S.H. Restitution. (Forthcoming). Restitution. In K. Kerley, H. Copes, S. Li, J. Lane, & S. Sharp (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Cares, A.C. (2014). Curriculum kit: Providing care and support for victims of crime exercises and assignments. Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Cares, A.C. (2014). Curriculum kit: Internships and field placements – Basics of responding to victims. Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Banyard, V.L., Bennett, S., Cares, A.C., Moynihan, M.M., Aiello, M., & Cunningham, C. (2013, July/August). Survivor’s voices on prevention. The Sexual Assault Report, 16(6), 81, 93- 95.

Cares, A.C., Williams, L.M., & Hirschel, D. (2013, July/August). Teaching about victimization. The Criminologist, 38(4), 1, 3-7.

Haynes, S.H., & Cares, A.C. (2015). Victims’ and offenders’ views about crime and justice. Sociological Focus, 48(3), 228-248.

Cares, A.C. (2013, Spring & Summer). What IS the role of college faculty in stopping sexual violence on campus? The Resource (Newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center) pp. 16-17 & 30.

Cares, A.C. (2013). Teaching about criminal victimization: Guidelines for faculty. Lowell, MA: University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Cares, A.C. (2010). Developing empathy and understanding in students. The Criminologist, 35(3), 11.

Cares, A.C. (2010). Domestic violence. In B. Fisher & S. Lab (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (Vol.1, pp.304-308). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Presentations

Cares, A.C., Ruback, R.B., & Stowell, J. (2014, November). The differing effects of repeat and multiple violent victimization for adults. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA. 

Haynes, S.H., & Cares, A.C. (2013, November). Charge bargaining in juvenile cases: A four county analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. 

Knight, K.E., Thacker, D., Cohn, E.G., & Cares, A.C. (2013, November). Teaching sensitive topics online. Roundtable discussant at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. 

Williams, L.M., Hirschel, D., Cares, A.C., & Frederick, M. (2013, November). Integrating victims’ issues into university and college curricula. Poster presented at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Teaching and Learning Symposium, Lowell, MA. 

Hirschel, D., Cares, A., Williams, L., & Frederick, M. (2013, March). Integrating victims’ issues into university and college curricula. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Dallas, TX. 

Cares, A.C. (2012, November). Teaching about victims of crime. Chair and session overview at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL. 

Cares, A.C., Williams, L.M., & Hirschel, D. (2012, November). Best practices in teaching about victimization: Lessons from the OVC-funded National Demonstration Project for Integrating Crime Victims Issues into University and College Curricula. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, IL. 

Cares, A.C., Hirschel, J.D., Williams, L.W., & Frederick, M. (2012, October). Meeting the challenges of teaching about issues of victimization in an online environment. Lead session presenter at the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL. 

Cares, A.C. (2012, July). Innovations in campus relationship and sexual violence prevention. Moderator and panel overview at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH. 

Williams, L.M., Cares, A.C., Gibbs, J., Beausoleil, M., Hirschel, D., & Frederick, M. (2012, March). Integrating crime victims’ issues into university and college curricula. Roundtable discussant at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New York, NY. 

Cares, A.C. (2011, November). Exploring the relationship between “fear of crime” and bystander efficacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C. 

Cares, A.C., & Harris, C. (2010, November). College students, victimization, and perceptions of safety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA. 

Cares, A.C., Williams, L., & Frederick, M. (2010, July). Adapting a primary prevention program in a diverse campus environment. Paper presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH. 

Cares, A.C., Cusick, G.R., & Michels, L. (2010, April). A portrait of Jewish domestic violence victims in an urban community. Poster presented at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Research, Scholarship, & Creative Work Poster Session, Lowell, MA. 

Cares, A.C., Cusick, G.R., & Michels, L. (2009, November). A portrait of Jewish domestic violence victims in an urban community. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Haynes, S., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2009, November). The imposition and payment of economic sanctions among juvenile offenders. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA. 

Cares, A.C., Haynes, S., & Ruback, R.B. (2007, November). Economic sanctions and recidivism. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. 

Hoskins, S.N., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2006, November). The use and impact of economic sanctions: A survey of offenders in Pennsylvania. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Los Angeles, CA. 

Cares, A.C. (2006, August). Marital violence, marital quality, & gender: A longitudinal analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada. 

Cares, A.C., Ruback, R.B., & Hoskins, S.N. (2005, November). The imposition and payment of criminal economic sanctions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto, Canada. 

Hoskins, S.N., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2005, November). Victims’ satisfaction with orders of restitution. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Toronto, Canada. 

Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B., (2004, November). The effects of repeat and multiple victimization on victim outcomes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Nashville, TN. 

Hoskins, S.N., Feldmeyer, B.H., Cares, A.C., & Ruback, R.B. (2004, November). Imposition and payment of economic sanctions: A multi-county analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Nashville, TN.

Grants and Awards

Summer Honors Fellowship, Summer 2015

Course Load Reduction for Scholarship, AY 2014 & 2015

Faculty Development Grant - Assumption College, Summer & Fall 2012

Professor of the Year - Student Government Association, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2010

Teacher of the Year, College of Fine Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences - Student Government Association, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2010

Teacher of the Year, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology - Student Government Association, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2010

Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology - Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2010

Susan Welch/Nagle Family Graduate Fellowship - The Pennsylvania State University, 2004-2005

Graduate Scholar Award - The Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2003

Research and Grants Support Office Travel Funding - The Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2005

Graduate Fellowship Award - The Pennsylvania State University, 2000-2001

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Criminology

American Sociological Association

National Council on Family Relations