Professor Roman joined the faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in Fall 2008 after nearly two decades with the Urban Institute, a policy think tank in DC.
Her research interests include the relationship between neighborhood characteristics, fear, violence, and health; social services and support for the formerly incarcerated, the social networks of high risk and gang youth, and evaluation of innovative violence reduction programs.The majority of her projects are based in the cultivation of researcher-practitioner partnerships that utilize community-informed research methods and approaches. Her research has been published in both public health and criminology journals. She received a Ph.D. in sociology and justice, law, and society from American University.
She teaches the following courses: Senior Capstone on criminal justice reform; Senior Capstone on prisoner reentry. At the graduate level, she teaches: Street Gangs; and Communities and Crime
Professor Roman attributes her career direction as being influenced as a teenager by lyrics from Bruce Springsteen’s “Lost in the Flood” and “Jungleland.”
2023 (March) Tackling Overdose Deaths and Gun Violence with Pennsylvania’s Opioid Settlement Funds.Issue #3 of Public Policy Lab Report, pp. 28-32. Temple University College of Liberal Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Roman, CG, S Decker, & D. Pyrooz. 2017. Leveraging the Pushes and Pulls of Gang Disengagement to Improve Gang Intervention: Findings from Three Multi-Site Studies and a Review of Relevant Gang Programs. Journal of Crime and Justice, 40(3): 316-336.
Related to Focused Deterrence/Group Violence Intervention
Roman, CG, HJ Klein & KT Wolff. 2018. Quasi-Experimental Designs for Community-Level Public Health Violence Reduction Interventions: A Case Study in the Challenges of Selecting The Counterfactual. Journal of Exp. Criminology, 14(2): 155-185. DOI: 10.1007/s11292-017-9308-0
Butts, Jeffrey, Caterina G. Roman, Lindsay Bostwick and Jeremy R. Porter. 2015. Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Violence. Annual Review of Public Health, Vol 36(1): 39-53 (March). DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122509.
Roman, CG & J Fontaine. 2012. Collaborative Solutions for Reentry Housing. In R. Immarigeon and L. Fehr (Eds.) Pathways for Prisoner Reentry: An ACA Reader. American Correctional Association Press.
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Roman, CG, A Wolff, V Correa & J Buck. 2007. Assessing Intermediate Outcomes of a Faith-based Residential Prisoner Reentry Program. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 199-215.
Urban Institute Reports listed below can be found here.
Willison, JB, CG Roman, A Wolff, V Correa & CR Knight. 2010. Evaluation
of the Ridge House Residential Program. Final Report Submitted to the National Institute of Justice. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
Roman, CG, J Fontaine & M Burt. 2009. The Corporation for Supportive Housing’s Returning Home Initiative: System Change Accomplishments after Three Years. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
Hall, S, M Burt, CG Roman & J Fontaine. 2009. Reducing the Revolving Door of Incarceration and Homelessness in the District of Columbia: Population Overlaps. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.
Metraux, S, CG Roman & R Cho. 2008. Incarceration and Homelessness, in Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research, edited by D Dennis, G Locke & J Khadduri. Washington DC: US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Harms After a Victimization: Experience and Needs (HAVEN)
Co-Principal Investigator (PI John Roman, NORC). The HAVEN project is designed to develop a conceptual model of victimization costs that redefines key constructs in measuring harms from violence and uses those constructs to create a new methodology for financial cost modeling of victimization. To develop and test the model we are obtaining and analyzing innovative integrated data systems (IDS) that link criminal justice, health, labor, and human services data in three counties and conducting an in-person household-based survey in Chicago and Camden to: 1) observe the prevalence of victim harms in trauma, quality of life, and repeat victimization and 2) examine the use of very under-studied victim services. January 2021 - December 2022. (Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice). Read more here.
Beyond Gun violence reduction
Funded by the New Venture Fund/Fund for a Safer Future, this project, in collaboration with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, extends Dr. Roman’s evaluation research on Philadelphia CeaseFire/Cure Violence and Philadelphia Focused Deterrence to examine whether the interventions, implemented in 2013, differentially influenced clearance rates for shootings. The project also will assess what types of deterrence processes were at work with Focused Deterrence, by following up on the outcomes of everyone touched by the intervention.
Evaluation of the Violent Crime and Opioid Reduction Partnership ( The Kensington Initiative)
This BJA-funded collaborative project led by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) expands and evaluates an innovative prosecution strategy designed to reduce violent crime tied to drug markets, but with specific emphasis on collaborative analysis-driven targeting, investigation and smart prosecution of crime drivers. Temple is leading the impact evaluation.
Gun Violence and Desistance: The Role of Mentoring and Social Relations among Early Violence Desisters
This post-doctoral fellowship project (PI: Peter Simonsson), funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR), explores gun violence desistance mechanisms at work among high-risk young people newly involved in the street outreach-based Cure Violence (CV) model.Professor Roman is Co-PI.
Innovations in Supervision Initiative:Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism
This BJA and CSG-funded project creates a researcher-practitioner partnership with the PA Department of Corrections and State Parole to develop new methods of data collection and analyses for Philadelphia’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, a focused deterrence initiative targeting parolees with violent offense histories.
PACure: Enhancing Healthy Reintegration and Recovery for High-Risk Opioid Users
This PA-Commonwealth-funded project run by Dr. Steven Belenko identifies gaps in care and support services and facilitates linkage to community-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for high-risk urban opioid users. (Co-I)
RECENT Media Mentions
December 6 and 7, 2022
Professor Roman featured among other faculty in Temple Now's special feature edition focused on gun violence:
The Trace: Comments about the state of government funding for gun violence research.
Webinars, Op-Eds & Testimomy
Temple University releases recommendations from their Task Force on Violence Reduction. The Task Force, of which Professor Roman was a part, brought together faculty, students, staff, administrators, community members and parents to review the state of the field of violence reduction and to reflect on Temple's strengths and challenges with regard to violence on and off campus. information about the Task Force, its members, and the final recommendations, can be found here.
Nov. 10, 2022
National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) on Crime Rates during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Workshop. Professor Roman’s (with Nichole Johnson) presentation about Philadelphia, drug markets and increases in shootings can be found here.
Full agenda and highlights from the National Academy panel here.
Jan. 7, 2022
Op Ed in Phila Inquirer: "Mayor Kenney should create a cabinet of experts to stem gun violence." (with John K. Roman)
Nov. 9, 2021
Presenter discussing the context of homicide in Philadelphia, as part of the 38th Annual Norman Glickman Lecture in Urban Studies at Penn:
Featured as a presenter in a webinar on community-centered evaluation as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to support Community Violence Intervention (CVI).
The webinar recording can be found HERE and the slides HERE.
In this webinar, Professor Roman and her colleagues discussed the relevance of evaluation for community violence intervention. Topics included process and outcome evaluation and how to the build rigorous empirical evidence on program successes, ways to partner with community members in order to understand whether CVIs are working to reduce violence, and the benefits of community-based participatory research. The webinar is the fourth in a series that is part of a joint effort of the U.S. DOJ, HHS, HUD, DOL, DOE, and the White House Domestic Policy Council.
April 13, 2021
Phila City Council Testimony for the Fiscal Stability and Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee: "Implementing Evidence-based Strategies to Combat Community Gun Violence in Philadelphia"
Feb. 20, 2020
Phila City Council Testimony - Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention Hearing on Victims and Victimization:"Informing Solutions to Remove Barriers to Victim and Social Services for those Experiencing Serious Injury in Philadelphia"