Natalie  Goulette, Ph.D.

Natalie Goulette, Ph.D.

University of West Florida

Associate Professor

Expertise: Criminal JusticeSentencing DisparitiesJuvenile Delinquency

Dr. Natalie Goulette, who has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, conducts research on judicial matters as part of her work as an associate professor at UWF’s Department of Criminology & Justice. Her research has examined such questions as whether female defendants receive different treatment than male defendants and what role defense attorneys play in generating disparities in case dispositions and outcomes.

Goulette also has studied other aspects of the criminal justice system: sentencing for black defendants; the influence of grandmothers raising children; collateral consequences of criminal conviction on offenders; and drug and mental health treatment for rehabilitative sentencing. In addition, she wrote technical reports on criminal matters for Ohio agencies and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Goulette’s work has been published in peer-reviewed publications such as Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Public Policy, Criminal Justice Review, and Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Public Safety.

Goulette joined the UWF faculty in 2013 after she earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She also has bachelor and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. She teaches both online and traditional courses such as American Justice System, Juvenile Justice, Punishment and Society, and Courts and Society.

Degrees & Institutions:
Goulette received her bachelor and master's degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. She went on to earn her doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Case processing and sentencing outcomes
Sentencing disparities
Collateral consequences and offender reentry
Evidence-based practices in community corrections
Juvenile delinquency

Current Courses:
Juvenile Justice
Courts and Society

Classes Taught:
Punishment and Society
Juvenile Justice
American Justice System
Alternative Punishment

Goulette, N., Reitler, A., Flesher, W., Frank, J., & Travis, L. (2014). Criminal justice practitioners’ perceptions of collateral consequences of criminal conviction on offenders. Criminal Justice Review, 39(3), 290-304.
Johnson, D., King, W.R., Katz, C.M., Fox, A.M., & Goulette, N. (2008). Youth perceptions of the police in Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Journal of Criminology and Public Safety.


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