University of Southern Indiana

Melinda Roberts

Melinda Roberts

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Department

Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Center - 3003

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment


Melinda R. Roberts is Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Indiana.   She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.  Her research interests are in the areas of courts, law, offender reentry, and violence against women.  She published a book entitled “Gender Attitudes and Violence Against Women”, and more recently she has published three articles with her colleague Dr. Melissa Stacer entitled, "Reversing the trend: The role of mentoring in offender reentry", “Evaluating a faith-based diversion and reentry program: Who graduates and who is rearrested?” and “In their own words: Offenders’ perspectives on their participation in a faith-based diversion and reentry program”.  Melinda serves on several boards including the Evansville Police Department’s Promotional Board, WillowTree of Posey County (a sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy organization), and the Southwest Indiana Regional Coalition Against Trafficking.  She has received several awards including the Sydney L. & Sadelle Berger Faculty Community Service Award and the Phenomenal Woman of USI and the Community Award.  Melinda can be reached at


Academic Interests

  • Courts and Law
  • Program Evaluation
  • Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Offender Reentry



Washington State University, Spokane and Pullman, Washington.  Ph.D., Criminal Justice, 2009.

  • Dissertation: Violence against women: The dynamics associated with traditional gender attitudes and social capital. 

Washington State University, Spokane, Washington.  M.A., Criminal Justice, 2005. 

  • Master’s Essay: Domestic Homicide: An Assessment of the Risk Factors and Motives

Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee.  B.A., Major: Political Science, Minors: Sociology and Outdoor Recreation, 2003.

  • Undergraduate Thesis: The Indo-Pakistani conflict: The continuing battle over Kashmir

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