Danielle Rousseau

Danielle RousseauAssistant Professor, Criminal Justice

PhD, Northeastern University
MA, University of Denver
BA, University of Vermont

Dr. Rousseau received her MA in Clinical Forensic Psychology and her PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy and Women’s Studies. For the past decade, she has worked in the field of forensic mental health as a therapist in correctional facilities for both men and women, as well as in the community doing crisis response and victim services. Most recently, Rousseau worked in the mental health department of Massachusetts’ correctional facility for women, winning multiple awards from the Massachusetts Department of Correction for her efforts. Her professional focus has been in trauma services, helping survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Outside of her work in correctional facilities, she has established therapeutic programs for veterans, and has traveled to Haiti to work with earthquake survivors. Rousseau’s research focuses on the areas of sentencing; race and gender disparities in justice; the treatment of women within the criminal justice system; the use of mindfulness techniques for treating trauma; crime and popular media; and hate crime. She received the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing Student Paper Award as well as the Young Scholars Award from the University at Albany’s Symposium on Crime and Justice–The Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. Her work is published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, the Law and Society ReviewThe Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and other academic journals and books.

What advice do you have for new students?

Be engaged and think critically. Take an active role in your education. Find your passion.

Also, do not be afraid to reach out to the Boston University Criminal Justice faculty and facilitators, they have a wide array of experience and expertise. Take advantage of this invaluable resource and explore interests you have in common.