Leadership & Staff

Melinda Schlager, PhD
Executive Director

Dr. Melinda Schlager is the Executive Director of the Caruth Police Institute and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas at Dallas. She comes to UNT Dallas with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and criminal justice practice.  Prior to joining CPI and UNT Dallas, Dr. Schlager was Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts and Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

Dr. Schlager’s teaching and research interests include offender reentry, community corrections, policy, planning, and criminal justice management. Current research projects include an evaluation of a gender-specific halfway house and work in the area of organizational management. Dr. Schlager is the author of numerous articles on the use of risk assessment in community corrections and organizational management as well as a book on offender reentry published in March 2013 by Carolina Academic Press.

Dr. Schlager has implemented evidence-based practices as Deputy Director for the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections (CSCD) Department in Dallas, Texas and in New Jersey as Director of Policy and Planning for the New Jersey State Parole Board. In addition, she was Project Director of New Jersey’s Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative—a two million dollar, collaborative effort to reengineer the manner in which New Jersey releases offenders to the community. 

Jennifer Davis-Lamm, MSCJ
Senior Program Manager

Jennifer has been with the Caruth Police Institute since it opened in 2008; she currently develops and implements programming for special topics in police leadership. Her interests include organizational communication, mentoring programs, women in police leadership, and health and wellness for police organizations. Before her tenure at CPI, she spent eight years in program management and leadership with a non-profit public health organization and worked as a researcher for a criminal justice consulting group. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas in 2004. She currently volunteers with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center as a victim advocate.



Shayna VIncent 
Academic Program Manager

Shayna Vincent joined the Caruth Police Institute staff as Program Assistant in April 2010. She previously worked at PaxUnited National Mediation Center in Carrollton, Texas where she assisted in implementing a nationally recognized peer mediation program. Shayna earned a Master’s in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She volunteers as a Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children.

Stephen Bishopp, PhD
Associate Director for Research
Sergeant, Dallas Police Department

Stephen A. Bishopp is the Associate Director for Research at the Caruth Police Institute in the Dallas Police Department. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Shippensburg University (1989) and M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a 23-year veteran and Sergeant with the Dallas Police Department. His research interests include police and subculture, promotional systems within police agencies, and criminological theory.  

Publications and works currently in-progress include:

Stephen A. Bishopp., David Klinger, and Robert Morris (2013) “An Examination of the Effect of Policy on Police Use of TASERs.”  Criminal Justice Police Review. DOI: 10.1177/0887403414543558

Stephen A. Bishopp & Denise Paquette Boots. (2014). “General Strain Theory, Exposure to Violence, and Suicide Ideation Among Police Officers: A Gendered Approach.” Journal of Criminal Justice, 42 (6), 538-548.

Valerie Womack, Robert Morris, & Stephen A. Bishopp. Do Changes in TASER Use Policy Impact Police Officer Injury Rates? (Under review at Police Quarterly, January 2015)

Stephen A. Bishopp, Jennifer Reigle-Gonzalez, & Katelyn Kassarjian. The Epidemiology of Police Sexual Misconduct. (In-progress).

Stephen A. Bishopp, John Worrall, & Nicole Piquero. General Strain and Police Misconduct:  Does Organizational Influence Matter? (In-progress, to be presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Orlando, Fl., March 2015).