Dana L. Radatz, Ph.D. – Peggy Addoms Volunteer Service Award
Dr. Dana Radatz is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Niagara University. She received her doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Radatz’s research interests include batterer intervention programs, corrections, evidence-based practices, female offenders, and a wide range of victimizations (e.g., domestic violence, prostitution, rape/sexual assault). Her most notable work examines domestic violence offenders and the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs using correctional evidence-based techniques. She teaches an array of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as Victimology, Violence, Women & Crime, and Domestic Violence. Dr. Radatz strives to bridge the gap between the academic and practical realms, and places emphasis on the value of both realms in their response to violence and victimization. Her passion for raising awareness about victimization and promoting victim advocacy is evident in her role as co-organizer of Take Back the Night and the Red Flag Campaign & Domestic Violence Awareness Event each year at Niagara University. In addition to her research, teaching, and advocacy work, Dr. Radatz volunteers her time as a research consultant for several agencies within Niagara County that work to end family violence. She has served as a Pinnacle Community Services Board Member for the past three years, and works collaboratively with Passage Domestic Violence Services.