Welcome, I'm
Clay Driscoll


I specialize in:

  • Large data collection and analysis
  • Research on policing and crime prevention
  • Implementation of new technologies in law enforcement
  • Innovative and evidence-based teaching techniques
  • Grant writing and technical support

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Educational History

Doctorate of Philosophy - Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

Expected Completion: 2024

Specialization in Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention



Master of Science - Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

Completed 2020

Specialization in Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention



Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

Completed 2019

Minor in History


Professional Experience

Research Associate - Institute for Health Innovation

Northern Kentucky University

April 2022 - Present

Provided research support for project focusing on the use of public health insurance as a means for providing treatment for substance use disorder. Research was primarily qualitative, including interviewing those who were being treated for substance use, and those that provided the treatment.



Graduate Research Assistant - Impact Accelerator

University of Cincinnati

January 2020 - Present

Assists faculty, staff, and research centers with large, collaborative, federal grant proposals. This included facilitating meetings, managing deadlines, and ensuring all materials were created and submitted in a timely manner. Work for this unit also includes aiding faculty and staff with strategically planning their research agendas. Assists in finding funding for various research projects within the the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology, and the larger University.



Graduate Research Assistant - Center for Police Research and Policy

International Association of Chiefs of Police and University of Cincinnati

August 2019 - November 2021

Focused on supporting ongoing research into best practices and policies for law enforcement throughout the United States. Concentrated on providing technical assistance on projects involving community-based crime reduction. Also assisted with grant-writing and database creation and management.


Research Experience

Section 1115 Substance Use Disorder Demonstration Evaluation

Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Hardcastle

Northern Kentucky University, 2022

Examination of substance use victims and their access to Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary goals were to examine quality of care for SUD patients and identify area that may require improvement or adjustment.



Examination of Virtual Reality Technologies as Law Enforcement Training Devices

Supervisor: Dr. J.C. Barnes and Dr. Cory Haberman

University of Cincinnati, 2022

Examination of virtual reality technologies and their practical applications for training law enforcement officers. Examinations include both situations that are both routine (e.g., burglary investigations) and non-routine (e.g., shooting events).



Survey on Perceptions of Racial and Religious Threats

Supervisor: Dr. Ben Feldmeyer

University of Cincinnati, 2022

Ongoing public opinion survey that examines the relationship between Americans' perceptions and reactions to racial and religious diversity within their communities.



Examination of Body-Worn Cameras and Complaints of Excessive Force

Supervisor: Dr. J.C. Barnes

University of Cincinnati, 2021

Ongoing examination of the amount of civilian complaints that a law enforcement agency receives in relation to proportions of body-worn cameras and sworn officers. Additional outcomes such as minority involvement in the agency are also being considered and examined.



Survey on Perpceptions of Police, Government Institutions, and Social Unrest

Supervisors: Dr. John Wright and Dr. Francis Cullen

University of Cincinnati, 2021

Ongoing public opinion survey that examines the relationship between Americans' perceptions of law enforcement, vaccination trends, and recent social unrest from right-wing and BLM populations.



Workplace Environments of Police Departments: Differences in Officer Perceptions

Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Nedelec

University of Cincinnati, 2021

Project comparing the perceptions of workplace climates that police officers hold against their time with the department. This research focused on opinions of the department through different themes such perceptions of policewomen, inter-beat cooperation, and commands structure.



Untitled Community Based Crime Reduction Evaluation

Supervisors: Dr. Robin Engel and Dr. Nick Corsaro

University of Cincinnati, 2019

In-progress examination of the effectiveness of community-based crime reduction strategies among violent offenders. Based on an exploratory grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.



Journey to Overdose: An Analyzation of Overdose Victims

Supervisors: Dr. Sarah Manchak and Dr. Cory Haberman

University of Cincinnati, 2018

Detailed examination of the journeys that victims of the ongoing opioid epidemic endure before succumbing to their overdoses. Explores relationships and correlations between a victim’s home and the site of their overdose.



Examination of the Effectiveness of Cincinnati’s Quick Reaction Teams

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Manchak

University of Cincinnati, 2018

Examining the effectiveness of task forces containing both law enforcement and mental health specialists; in regards to combating the ever-growing opioid epidemic with the appropriate treatment option for each individual.



Hockey Faces and Hockey Fights

Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Nedelec

University of Cincinnati, 2017

Comparison of the size of over 1000 faces of hockey players and the proportion of fights they win throughout their careers. Aimed at examining the relationship between an offender’s body and possible violent tendencies of from a biosocial perspective.



Categorical Crimes and their Effects on Recidivism

Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Nedelec

University of Cincinnati, 2017

Research aimed at identifying the probability of recidivism for specific types of offenders, based on the type of crime that they had recently received a conviction for.



Race, Violence and Policing: Frames Regarding Police Practice in Reality Television

Supervisor: Dr. Todd Callais

University of Cincinnati, 2016

Content analysis comparing the first 3 seasons of the television show COPS to 3 seasons in the late 2000s to examine whether and how the presentation of minority offenders and officers has improved or declined in the 30 years between seasons.


Technical Reports

Final Report for OCJS Project: Virtual Reality Training for Ohio Law Enforcement (2022).

Cory Haberman, Heejin Lee, Ming Tang, Rachel Kail, Clay Driscoll, and J.C. Barnes

Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (2017-JG-A02-V6351), Columbus, OH.


Teaching and Instructor Experience

Introduction to Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

Undergraduate. In-person and distance-learning.


Presentations and Posters

Citizen Complaints and Departmental Diversity: A Preliminary Analysis

Poster Presented at the Eighth Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Matters Research Day

Cincinnati, OH. February 2022


Workplace Environments of Police Departments: Differences in Officer Perceptions

Poster Presented at the 2021 Spring Research Conference.Poster Presented at the Seventh Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Matters Research Day

Cincinnati, OH. March 2021


Workplace Environments of Police Departments: Differences in Officer Perceptions

Poster Presented at the Seventh Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Matters Research Day

Louisville, KY. February 2021


Distance to Overdose: An Analyzation of Overdose Victims

Poster Presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference

Baltimore, MD. March 2019


Categorical Crimes and Their Effects on Recidivism

Poster Presented at American Society of Criminology Conference

Philadelphia, PA. November 2019


Categorical Crimes and Their Effects on Recidivism

Presentation at the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Research Conference

Philadelphia, PA. April 2017


Race, Violence and Policing: Frames Regarding Police Practice in Reality Television

Paper Presented at a Round Table at the North Central Sociological Association Conference

Chicago, IL. March 2019


Weird Wonders of World War 2

Lecture Given to a US History Class at the University of Cincinnati: Blue Ash

Cincinnati, OH. March 2019



Skills and Qualifications

Data Collection and Analyzation
  • Various data management and analyzation languages and programs (e.g. Python, SPSS, Stata)
  • Standard regression techniques, multi-level, and longitudinal modeling
  • Survey creation and distribution (e.g. LUCID, Qualtrics)
  • Data visualization and distribution for various audiences
Crime Analysis and Mapping
Grant Writing
  • Locating and synthesizing related literature
  • Procurement of funding sources
  • Detailed and succinct writing
Certified in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) courses
  • Academic and Regional Health Centers Core Curriculum
  • Human Subjects Research Core Curriculum
  • Prisoners, Pregnant Women, and Students Research Curriculum
Leadership
  • Graduate Student Mentor, University of Cincinnati
  • Student Ambassador, University of Cincinnati


Awards and Honors

Graduated Magna Cum Laude University of Cincinnati 2019
Graduated Summa Cum Laude University of Cincinnati Blue Ash 2016
Dean's List University of Cincinnati 2013 - 2019
3rd Place - Undergraduate Paper Competition North Central Sociological Association 2016




Scholarship and Support

Criminal Justice Doctoral Student Research Grant University of Cincinnati 2022
Criminal Justice Graduate Research Assistantship University of Cincinnati 2020-2022
Funding for LUCID Survey Development and Distribution University of Cincinnati, Dr. Francis Cullen 2021
Graduate Incentive Award University of Cincinnati 2019
CECH Dean’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship University of Cincinnati 2017