Administrative Staff Officer

Brandon Bell, Administrative Staff Officer. Brandon is responsible for implementation and maintenance of the Center budgets, supervising the accounting system and establishing internal control of accounting procedures as well as managing fiscal information related to grants and contracts.This includes monitoring compliance with federal, state and university policies and procedures including cost accounting compliance. He is also the Center’s liaison with human resources, fiscal, sponsored projects and other units in the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Brandon received his Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2012, and his Master's of Public Administration from Murray State University in 2019. 

Project Manager

Jaspreet Chahal, Project Manager. Jasz manages C.A.T.S. (Campus Attitudes Toward Safety) on campus, a project developed to provide administration with data about campus safety as an internal quality improvement project. The information covers students' perceptions of campus safety, students' knowledge of and inclination to use campus resources, bystander attitudes and behaviors, and students' experience of violent or adverse incidents. Ms. Chahal's research iinterests include violence and victimization on college campuses, cultural factors and vulnerability to sexual violence, as well as the adverse health outcomes of violence and victimization. In 2007, Jaspreet received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from George Mason University.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Margaret Campe, Postdoctoral Fellow. Margaret received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in May of 2019. She earned her M.A. in Criminology from the University of Minnesota. She began working with the Center in June 2016. Margaret works on the Center's Campus Attitudes Toward Safety Survey in addition to a project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women to evaluate the local domestic violence shelter's programming. Her primary research interests include: college campus violence againast women and social networks, and intimate partner violence in the context of criminal and family court systems.    


Caihong Li, Statistician. Caihong recently received her Ph.D. in Education Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Her major research interest is in quantitative methods and psychometrics. She began working with the Center in August 2016. She has collaborated with researchers and professors in the Center on several projects, including Affirmative Consent, Barriers of Help-seeking among University Students, and What is Justice. She serves as the statistical consultant and performs a multitude of data analysis on various research projects. 

Graduate Research Assistants

Lisa Kistler, Graduate Research Assistant. 

Xian Wu, Graduate Research Assistant. Xian is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative and Psychometric Method program in the College of Education. She received her B.S. in Physics Education and M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Guangxi Normal University in China. Before moving to Kentucky, Xian was a faculty member ar Guangxi Teachers Education University and established a Scientific Inquiry Club with her colleagues as a platform for linking pre-service teachers' study at university to their practice a K-12 schools. As an international scholar funded by the China Ministry of Education, Xian has visited the Malone University in Ohio and the East-West Center in Hawaii. During her doctoral study she has been a Research Assistant in the project Large-Scale Data Mining and Evaluative Research on Academic Achievement and a Teaching Assistant working on online statistical classes. She completed her internship on psychometrics at the American Board of Family Medicine. At the Center she works on the C.A.T.S. project, focusing mainly on data management, data cleaning and analysis, and assisting on various reports. 

Chenghui Zhang, Graduate Research Assistant. Chenghui is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Kentucky. She earned her LL.M. in Jurisprudence and LL.B. from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. She began working in the Center in August 2019. Chenghui's research interests include criminology, bias crime, crome reporting, quantitative methods, and violence against minorities.