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Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative

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The SMART Office would like to acknowledge this report's authors—in particular Chris Lobanov-Rostovsky and Roger Przybylski, who wrote several chapters each and also edited the report—and also Kay Chopard Cohen for assisting with the development of the project. The authors' bios follow.

Kevin Baldwin, Ph.D.

Section 1, Chapter 6. Sex Offender Risk Assessment

Kevin Baldwin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a dual emphasis on research and forensics. A senior researcher at Applied Research Services, a national consulting firm specializing in criminal justice research and policy analysis, Dr. Baldwin also serves as Director of Forensic Services at the Highland Institute—Atlanta, an outpatient clinic specializing in the assessment and treatment of people with sexual behavior problems. He has directed federally funded research projects, authored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has both designed and evaluated substance abuse treatment programs. He has provided evaluation and technical assistance to various problem-solving courts, including family drug courts, mental health courts, and child support courts. He also performs forensic examinations for state and federal courts and probation/parole authorities, serves as an expert witness in both juvenile and adult courts, and has worked in both inpatient and community-based mental health settings. Dr. Baldwin is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and has provided training and technical assistance to treatment and court staff in various settings. He earned his Ph.D. at Georgia State University after completing an adult forensic internship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Susan Faupel, M.S.W.

Section 1, Chapter 2. Etiology of Sexual Offending

Susan Faupel, M.S.W., has been the Training Director for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) since 2001. In this capacity, Ms. Faupel is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of mandated trainings for statewide sexual assault staff, including counselors, advocates, educators, and managers. She also coordinates ICASA's annual statewide sexual assault conference and develops and coordinates training with other professional allied organizations, including the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and others.

Prior to directing ICASA's Training Institute, Ms. Faupel directed ICASA's Sexually Aggressive Children and Youth Project with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services from 1995 to 2001. This involved developing and implementing standards to guide the department's response to children and youth with sexual behavior problems as well as developing and implementing training for all departmental staff. She is a past member of the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board of the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Ms. Faupel is an outspoken and passionate activist against violence in all forms, especially violence directed toward women, children, and disenfranchised populations. She conducts statewide and national presentations on issues related to sexual violence and other issues of oppression. She has worked actively in the movement opposing violence against women and children since 1981, providing direct services and program management in local domestic violence and sexual assault programs in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Illinois. In 1987, Ms. Faupel, then Program Director of A Woman's Place in Urbana, Illinois, walked more than 600 miles from Chicago to the capital in her home state of Arkansas to celebrate the work of the domestic violence and sexual assault movements and to raise awareness about violence against women and children.

Tom Leversee

Section 2, Chapter 2. Etiology and Typologies of Juveniles Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses

Tom Leversee is a licensed clinical social worker with 39 years of clinical and administrative experience in the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and in private practice. He retired from the Division of Youth Corrections in July 2008 and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. He has more than 30 years of experience working with sexually abusive youth. Mr. Leversee developed the Moving Beyond Sexually Abusive Behavior group therapy curriculum and student manual and co-edited/authored the third edition of Juvenile Sexual Offending: Causes, Consequences, and Correction with Gail Ryan and Sandy Lane. He also has written journal articles and chapters in numerous books. Mr. Leversee was presented the National Adolescent Perpetration Network's Pioneer Award in 2005 for his "21 years of unique contributions to prevent perpetration of sexual abuse." He continues to provide clinical services, consultation, and training focused on juveniles who have committed sexual offenses. Mr. Leversee is a member of the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board and the Board of ATSA.

Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky

Section 1, Chapter 8. Sex Offender Management Strategies

Section 2, Chapter 1. Unique Considerations Regarding Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Section 2, Chapter 3. Recidivism of Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Section 2, Chapter 6. Registration and Notification of Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky is a licensed clinical social worker with 27 years of experience working in sex offender management and treatment, including treatment program and policy development. Mr. Lobanov-Rostovsky works for the Colorado Department of Public Safety/Division of Criminal Justice as the Program Director for the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, where he develops standards for the treatment and management of sexual offenders, approves treatment providers, and provides legislative and policy input. He also works as a private consultant for federal and federally funded agencies and organizations (e.g., Fox Valley Technical College)—including tribal jurisdictions—that are responsible for developing and providing training, technical assistance, program assessment, literature reviews, peer review of grant solicitations and reports, and legislative and policy development. Mr. Lobanov-Rostovsky has also published numerous articles and chapters related to sex offender management, with specific expertise on the state implementation of federal sex offender management legislation and sex offender public policy. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and is co-chair of ATSA's public policy committee.

Mr. Lobanov-Rostovsky would like to acknowledge the assistance of Roger Przybylski for his guidance in preparing the chapter on recidivism in section 2.

Roger Przybylski


Section 1, Chapter 5. Adult Sex Offender Recidivism

Section 1, Chapter 7. Effectiveness of Treatment for Adult Sex Offenders

Section 2, Chapter 1. Unique Considerations Regarding Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Section 2, Chapter 5. Effectiveness of Treatment for Juveniles Who Sexually Offend

Roger Przybylski is a consultant and founder of RKC Group, a private company that provides applied research, program evaluation, and training and technical assistance services to public, private, and nonprofit organizations working on public safety issues. Prior to forming RKC Group in 1997, Mr. Przybylski held research and management positions in criminal justice agencies at both the state and local levels. He most recently served as Associate Director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he directed the agency's research division. He also has served as coordinator of research for the Chicago Police Department, the nation's second largest local law enforcement agency. Mr. Przybylski is a past president of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) and a current member of JRSA's Executive Committee. He also serves as chairman of the American Evaluation Association's crime and justice interest group. Mr. Przybylski has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago and an associate editor for the Justice Research and Policy journal and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. He also has served with the Illinois Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Governor's Commission on Gangs in Illinois, and the Illinois Task Force on Crime and Corrections. Mr. Przybylski recently authored What Works: Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs, A Compendium of Evidence-Based Options for Preventing New and Persistent Criminal Behavior, and he served as guest editor for the 2012 special issue of Justice Research and Policy focused on evidence-based policy and practice.

Mr. Przybylski would like to acknowledge the assistance of Scott Matson, Senior Policy Advisor at the SMART Office, for his assistance in writing the Introduction and Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky for his review of the chapter on treatment effectiveness in section 2.

Phil Rich, Ph.D.

Section 2, Chapter 4. Assessment of Risk for Sexual Reoffense in Juveniles Who Commit Sexual Offenses

Phil Rich, Ph.D., a licensed independent clinical social worker for more than 30 years, specializes in working with sexually abusive youth. He presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally.  For 13 years, he was the Clinical Director of the Stetson School, a residential treatment program for sexually reactive children and adolescent and young adult sexual offenders in Massachusetts. Dr. Rich is the author of Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (first and second editions); Attachment and Sexual Offending: Understanding and Applying Attachment Theory to the Treatment of Juvenile Sexual Offenders; Juvenile Sexual Offenders: A Comprehensive Guide to Risk Evaluation; and the four Stages of Accomplishment workbooks for sexually abusive youth in treatment. Dr. Rich holds a Ph.D. in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master's degree in social work.

Michael Seto, Ph.D.

Section 1, Chapter 4. Internet-Facilitated Sexual Offending

Michael Seto, Ph.D., is a clinical forensic psychologist and Director of the Forensic Research Unit at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health as well as Director of Forensic Rehabilitation Research at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. Dr. Seto is cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychology at Ryerson University (Toronto), Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa), and Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Seto has published and presented extensively on the topics of child pornography, pedophilia, sexual offending against children, and risk assessment. Much of this work is represented in a book on pedophilia and sexual offending published in 2008 and a second book on Internet sex offenders published in 2013. Dr. Seto received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1997 from Queen's University.

Dominique A. Simons

Section 1, Chapter 3. Sex Offender Typologies

Dominique Simons has conducted research for the Colorado Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment and Monitoring Program for 16 years. In addition to program and treatment evaluation, she consults on projects regarding juvenile sexual offender recidivism, Good Lives Model and self-regulation model treatment, and what works with sexual offenders in Colorado. She also conducts research and gathers statistics for various health and mental health organizations. Ms. Simons has presented on and authored journal articles and book chapters regarding the developmental experiences of sex offenders, sexual interest in children among the general population, sex offender typologies, process issues in sex offender treatment, the therapeutic relationship, crossover sexual offenses, the formulation of prevention strategies from etiological models, the prevalence and treatment of multiple paraphilias, offense patterns of female sexual offenders, and the prevalence of intimate partner rape among domestic violence and sexual offenders.

Jane Wiseman

Section 1, Chapter 1. Incidence and Prevalence of Sexual Offending

Jane Wiseman has been improving government operations, as an appointed official in government and a financial advisor and consultant, for more than 25 years. An innovator herself, Ms. Wiseman has learned from both the successes and challenges of creating a new program from scratch, which she has done as a federal and state official. Her passion for excellence in government and her ability to share an insider's perspective on innovation are invaluable to her clients.

Ms. Wiseman's consulting clients have included the U.S. Departments of Justice, Veterans Affairs, and Commerce; National Governors Association; National Criminal Justice Association; University of Massachusetts Medical School; Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development; U.S. Postal Service; and the State of Michigan.

Ms. Wiseman has provided consulting services to a wide range of businesses, from IBM to local small businesses. Her consulting work has included organizational strategy, performance management, and eGovernment strategy for Accenture and Price Waterhouse. Ms. Wiseman served as Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, where she was recognized for her organizational reform efforts in the Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition. Other government service includes an appointment as Assistant to the Director for Strategic Planning, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Wiseman has also served as a staff assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and as an intern for the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Wiseman holds a bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.