Project Team Member Summary
Edward Dunbar, Ed.D.: is a practicing psychologist in metropolitan Los Angeles. His clinical work addresses the issues of the treatment of workplace harassment, crime victimization, psychological trauma, and violence risk assessment. Dr. Dunbar currently consults with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in the areas hate crime offender evaluation and violence prevention in the schools. Dr. Dunbar is also the recipient of the 2001 American Psychological Association Distinguished Professional Contribution to Public Service Award and the California State Psychological Association Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award. He has developed and implemented a training program for school mental health staff in the intervention with victims of bias crimes and hate incidents. His work also is developing conferences and professional development programs in the area of multicultural education at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Veterans Administration, and UCLA. Dr. Dunbar's commentaries have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The American Psychological Association Monitor, The Washington Post, The Prejudice Institute Newsletter, ABC Nightline, English Television's Channel 4, Vermont Public Television, NPR, and local television and radio news programs throughout California. Currently he is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Formerly he was on staff at the UCLA Center for Study and Resolution of Interracial and Interethnic Conflict and the National Research Center on Asian-American Mental Health. Dr. Dunbar has also been on the faculty at Columbia University and has worked for the Hawaii State Senate. His publications have been in the areas of the clinical evaluation of racism, victimology, and intergroup relations. He is presently involved in the analysis of hate crime activity with the Los Angeles Police Department and is coordinating a multi-country study of attitudes concerning human rights laws. Edward Dunbar received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. He holds professional certificates from Georgetown University in Cross-Cultural Training and Harvard University in Adult Education. He completed his undergraduate study at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he graduated with Honors in Education and Behavioral Sciences.
Kelly Blanpied: recently graduated from UCLA receiving degrees in Psychology and the Study of Religion. While there, Kelly participated in research at the LAPD analyzing hate crimes, presenting her research at various behavior science conferences, and was also instrumental in recruiting and training research assistants for the LAPD project. Her other undergraduate research projects explored the influence of religion and ancient religious texts as sources of contemporary bias and prejudice. During her senior year, she was invited to be a teaching assistant to professor Bertram Raven for his course in Interpersonal Influence and Social Power. Shortly before her graduation, Keisel, Boucher and Larson LLP hired Kelly to interview adult victims of childhood sex abuse perpetrated by clergy; her tasks consisted of documenting their stories on video and in a written report. Kelly has collaborated on international projects exploring attitudes about human rights laws and as part of that project, Kelly will present her results on US attitudes at the upcoming 2006 SPSSI conference. Kelly was recently admitted to the UCLA Graduate Division and will pursue her studies in the MSW program beginning Fall 2006. Kelly is interested in working with the religiously disaffected by helping them with depression and adjustment problems via facilitation of a spiritual/ethical quest with the goal of recreating an individual client meaning-making framework; she is also interested in working with victims of bias crime, and adult victims of childhood abuse. Besides her ongoing research interests in attitudes and influence strategies with regard to human rights and bias crime laws, Kelly is interested in research that delineates between religious content and dispositional factors that may contribute to religiously motivated prejudice. Her volunteer work consists of mentoring teen mom’s and mentoring the religiously disaffected; for the latter community, Kelly serves as an internet forum moderator, has chaired several national conferences for the community, and has twice served as a board director for a non-profit foundation serving the religiously disaffected population. Kelly is the mother of two young adults and recently became a grandmother. Besides enjoying her maternal roles, she enjoys cultivating roses and training in a martial art; after a year of training, Kelly is halfway toward her goal of earning her black belt in Jujitsu.
Desirée Crèvecoeur, Ph.D. (cand.): is a social psychologist in Los Angeles County. Currently, she is employed by UCLA as the project director for the Los Angeles County Evaluation Program (LACES) which evaluates all county funded alcohol and drug treatment programs. She has been studying hate crimes for the past nine years. Her research in this area includes the examination of the effects of broadcast television news media on the perpetration of hate crimes; effects of perpetrator bias, hate group/gang membership, and arousal on victim impact; as well as the effect of perpetrator gender and negative affect on victim impact. In addition to her research, Dr. Crèvecoeur has also been involved in a number of professional activities. She assisted in the planning and coordination of 'Hate Crimes: Research, Policy, and Action' conference sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). She was also the co-coordinator for the Minority Mentor and Diversity Task Force sponsored conference on minority research, 'Unpacking the Rhetoric within Minority and Diversity Theory and Practice' held at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Crèvecoeur currently serves as a Community Review Materials Panel Member for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Program and Policy. She has also served as guest editor for the journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, and the Journal for Interpersonal Violence. Dr. Crevecoeur earned a doctorate in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University, a masters degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and she completed her undergraduate education in psychology at UCLA.
Detective Jary Quinones: AKA: "QUE" Detective Quinones has been employed as a Detective supervisor with the LAPD for over 23 years.During his time with LAPD, he has worked all of the general investigations (Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Elderly crimes, Domestic, Terrorist/Criminal Threats, Crimes Against Persons, Juv/Gangs, Auto, Property crimes, Vice, Narcotics, Stalking) and specialized in Homicide, Sex Crimes, and Hate Crimes. He was in the Military for 12 yrs. as a Psychiatrist Assistant, drug/ETOH counselor, and medic. His concentration was working with acute/chronic schizophrenic and personality disorder patients. He was also employed as a Psychological Readjustment Counselor for the VA hospital and worked with Vietnam Vets and their families and with Hathaway Home for Children as an Emancipation Live-In counselor. He was and is a professional crime/forensic/police investigator, who conducted therapy with police officers, non/combat war Vets (active/retired) and families, and socially deprived juveniles. He also worked at a year-long internship at a locked unit at Glendale Memorial Hospital within both the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender population and the Geriatric/Psychiatric unit. "QUE" is also a father of a teenager and can relate to those growing pains that a teenager tends to display. He is a dedicated and compassionate individual who enjoys working within the criminal justice system and seeking new adventures when dealing with the aspects of individuals/groups that commit Hate Crimes. Detective Quinones has been specifically involved with Hate Crimes research for over 6 years now and will continue to focus on this as a major part of his life and career. His research interests are based around individuals/groups who commit hate crimes. How they focus/profile the victim/institutions, who they are, when did they go "bad," rehabilitation vs. therapy; can these individuals be guided away from destructive methods to a more constructive approach to live, and possibly developing a method of approach that allows law enforcement to circumvent/arm themselves with new tools in the fight against hate crime offenders prior to an incident.
Lindsay Cameron: a recent graduate from UCLA receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with highest honors. Her involvement with hate crime research has included hate crime report analysis, scoring, data entry, and data analysis with SPSS, as well as rap sheet coding. Lindsay has also been involved in mapping hate crime occurrence through use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her psychology honors thesis incorporated GIS and hate crime report analysis to examine community risk factors for hate crime occurrence. Specifically, her research studied the relationship between racial/ethnic and economic change and hate crime victimization. Lindsay has presented research on the instrumentality of hate crime, the community impact of hate crime, and community risk factors for hate crime at several conferences, including the 2005 American Psychological Association Conference, the 2005 Western Psychological Association Conference, and the 2005 and 2006 American Psychology-Law Society Conferences. Lindsay’s other research interests include sex offenders, forensic assessment, and suicide. She hopes to attend a graduate program in clinical psychology. In the mean time, Lindsay will be working towards a masters in forensic psychology. Lindsay’s other interests include used book stores, electronic pop music, and dog walking.
Rebecca Convery: a 2006 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has worked with Dr. Dunbar for the past year on two of his research studies. The LAPD Rap Sheet Analysis of Identified Hate Crime Perpetrators allowed her the opportunity to code known offenders’ criminal histories for severity of the offense, instrumentality vs. aggression, risk assessment, and criminal versatility. The most current research study she has been a part of keys in on participants’ social attitudes and reactions toward hate crimes, discrimination, racial issues, and self-esteem. After working as a research assistant on this study she was given the honorable job of being in charge of training new research assistants, coordinating the schedules of testing, and overseeing the testing process. She also conducts SPSS data analyses on the collected data. Additionally, she was privileged to serve as Dr. Dunbar’s teaching assistant for the Spring 2006 class, Non-Experimental Research Methods in Social Psychology. Rebecca’s main interest in psychology dwells within the forensic sector, in particular the motivation behind repeat violent offenders, juvenile offenders, gang behavior, and sexual deviants. She would like to pursue her doctorate in Forensic Psychology and one day work either within the prison system or for a law enforcement agency. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys reading, watching TV, and traveling.
Lindsay Mathews: earned her B.A. at UCLA in Psychology with a minor in Italian Studies. She has worked on various hate crime research projects including the analysis of hate crime reports at the LAPD Criminal Conspiracy Unit and in the review of hate crime offender criminal histories. She has presented at several conferences including American Psychology and Law, Western Psychological Association, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association. Lindsay is going on to pursue a graduate degree in Forensic Psychology. She is interested in gang behavior, criminological behavior in jails and prisons, juvenile and adult psychopathy, and eyewitness testimony research. She is interested in working in the juvenile justice system and with psychiatric offenders.
James Sinclair: currently in his fourth year at UCLA. He is presently studying Psychology and Political Science. James is interested in the fields of political psychology and industrial organizational/organizational behavioral psychology. James also does research in the field of hate crimes under the supervision of Dr. Dunbar. Data entry in SPSS, data analysis, data coding and test scoring are some of the things that he participates in. Not only does he take a full course load, and research, he also volunteers at Mattel’s Children’s Hospital at the UCLA medical center. His plans are to graduate UCLA and attend graduate school in the field of Political Psychology.
Blair Tasker: a recent graduate of UCLA with a BA in psychology. She has worked with Dr. Dunbar on three research studies: Crime Report Analysis of Hate Crimes: coding for severity of offense, instrumentality, aggressiveness, community impact, and distance traveled by perpetrators Rap Sheet Analysis of Identified Perpetrators of Hate Crimes: coding for severity of offense, instrumentality, impulsivity, risk assessment, criminal versatility, and antisocial personality traits Legislative Review of Social Issues. Blair attended and presented at her first research conference in 2005, Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLA, and has since presented at the American Psychological Association 2005 Conference and the American Psychiatric 2005 Conference. In fact, she is so intrigued by risk assessment that she taught a guest lecture on the HCR-20 at UCLA. She is a member of The Society of the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and is coordinating the establishment of a Southern California SPSSI group. Blair would like to pursue a doctoral program in forensic clinical psychology. In the meantime, she is pursuing her passions of reading and cooking.