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Gideon, Lior

Associate Professor



PhD   Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel

MA     Haifa University , Israel

BA     Haifa University , Israel

Dr. Lior Gideon is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology with minors in organizational studies, political science and mass communication; a Master’s in Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Administration from Haifa University in Israel; and Ph.D. in Criminology in Law from the faculty of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. His dissertation and consequent work deals incarcerated substance abusers, prison-base and community base drug treatment programs inside prison and social support networks outside prison. Dr. Gideon gained extensive field and research experience working with the Israeli Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority and The Israeli Prison System. He also gained valuable field experience in tracking and interviewing offenders and released prisoners. Prior to joining John Jay, Dr. Gideon completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Bureau of Governmental Research at the University of Maryland College Park, where he worked as one of the leading analyst on a National Institute of Health (NIH/ NIDA) funded grant that examined the outcomes of a seamless intervention system in a multi-site study.  Dr. Gideon has over seventeen years of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate programs, both in Israel and in the United States, and more than 15 years of research experience both as a principle investigator and as an analyst. He was involved in several large-scale studies dealing with a prison based treatment program evaluation, detoxification and rehabilitation of ex-prisoners, and violence against medical staff in non-psychiatric hospitals in Israel. Currently, his research revolves around social support issues and the nexus between health and justice. He also served as the head of statistics and research in the Israeli Court Administration’s research department. Dr. Gideon was the recipient of an award from National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for his dedication to the field of methodology and services research. Currently he is engaged in comparative and international criminal justice research including: a needs-assessment for incarcerated female offenders; motivation assessment of jail inmates to enter and participate in jail-based treatment programs; and public opinion surveys on rehabilitation and reintegration of released offenders, and social support mechanisms in the reintegration process. Dr. Gideon’s research resulted in many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and few books on correctional population, and in particular on Substance Abusing Offenders,Rehabilitation, Reentry and Reintegration”, and “Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions”, as well as three books in the field of research and survey methodology. Most recently, Dr. Gideon became the co-chief editor for a Springer journal titled: Health & Justice (                                           

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