Rita Augustyn, Ph.D.

Rita Augustyn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Justice Center
PSB 225F
(907) 786-4302


Ph.D. (Criminology and Criminal Justice), University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2018


Rita Augustyn is an assistant professor in the Justice Center. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2018. Dr. Augustyn’s primary areas of research are in corrections, inmate reentry, prison-based treatment, sexual offending, and the effects of race and age. In addition to her dissertation, which evaluates prison-based residential substance use treatment programs, she is interested in exploring the definition of “older” populations and age cutoffs, with eye toward finding the tipping point where misconduct changes. Dr. Augustyn, a lifelong Nebraskan, has interned both at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in the Adult Protection Services unit and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services in the Planning and Research Division, where she researched vulnerable adult abuse and prison-based sex offender treatment.


"Drug Possession" by Rita Augustyn and Lisa L. Sample. In Robert D. Morgan (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology [forthcoming]. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2019.

An Evaluation of Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services by Rita Augustyn. Ph.D. dissertation, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2018. Available from ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (10793072).

"Prisoner Reentry as Secondary Crime Prevention" by Rita Augustyn and Lisa L. Sample. Chap. 27. In Brent Teasdale & Mindy S. Bradley (eds.), Preventing Crime and Violence, pp. 327–336. Advances in Prevention Science. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2017.

"Criminal Justice and People of Color: An Overview" by Rita Augustyn and Lisa L. Sample. In Pamela Braboy Jackson, Muna Adem & Paulina X. Ruf (eds.), People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration, Vol. 2 — Employment, Housing, Family, and Community, pp. 75–80. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2016.

"Examining Behaviors Using Respondents’ Cell Phones and a Burst Design: Drinking and Activities across the First Year of College among Transitioning Freshmen" by Amy L. Anderson, Samantha S. Clinkinbeard, Timothy C. Barnum, and Rita Augustyn. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology 2(1): 64–84 (Mar 2016).

"What Is a 'Sex Crime'? An Examination of Various Definitions of Rape across Countries" by Lisa L. Sample and Rita Augustyn. Chap. 2. In Alissa R. Ackerman & Rich Furman (eds.), Sex Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives, pp. 29–43. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.