Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Dr. Mark D. Reed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, at Georgia State University, where he joined the faculty in 1993. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1986. His primary area of expertise is the resiliency of adult and adolescent populations who experience the trauma of a sudden loss, including accidental death, suicide, and homicide.
Over the past several years, Dr. Reed’s interests have focused on crime victimization with most of his attention on homicide co-victimization. His current research examines the impact of criminal justice processes (e.g., death notification, police investigation, court proceedings) and outcomes (e.g., verdict and sentencing) on the well-being of families of homicide victims. In particular, he seeks to understand the nature and extent of secondary victimization experiences faced by the victims’ families and how these experiences affect their satisfaction with the various criminal justice processes and outcomes. Dr. Reed is also involved in a statewide survey assessment of victim knowledge of, use of, and satisfaction with the crime victim compensation fund in Georgia. Taken together, his current body of research seeks to improve the quality of victim services to meet the needs of crime victims and their families. He is actively involved in developing or improving protocols, services, and policies/legislation to address crime victims’ needs and concerns. Presently, he serves on the Crime Victim Advocacy Council board in Vinings, Georgia, seeking ways to involve community organizations and concerned individuals in the Council’s efforts to provide a broad spectrum of services to crime victims, including families of homicide victims. This research and other studies on delinquency, substance use, sudden death bereavement, fear of crime, and crime control have been published widely in highly regarded professional journals and presented at national and regional conferences.