Emily J. Salisbury

Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Utah

Areas of Expertise

  • Women offenders
  • Gender-responsive policy
  • Evidence-based corrections
  • Offender risk assessment
  • Correctional rehabilitation
  • Sex trafficking

Key Findings

  • A three-tiered approach developed to identify victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) was effective in identifying six new victims during the pilot program conducted at a juvenile court in Vancouver, Washington. MORE
  • There is a need for juvenile justice agencies to become educated on the risk factors associated with CSEC so that victims can be identified and connected with appropriate social services. MORE
  • Women who experienced painful, unsupportive, and unsatisfying intimate relationships, in which they had little personal voice or power, were at indirect risk for engaging in continued offending behavior. MORE
  • Employment and financial problems along with lower educational achievements directly contributed to women’s incarcerations. MORE


Emily J. Salisbury, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Utah, is an expert in correctional assessment, offender treatment intervention strategies, female offenders, and gender-responsive policy.

Salisbury actively consults with several state, federal, and international correctional agencies on how to implement evidence-based and gender-responsive strategies with women offenders. She served as the project director of two research sites that developed and validated the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment instruments (WRNAs) through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, she successfully implemented an identification and diversion protocol for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Clark County Juvenile Detention (Vancouver, WA), which has been implemented in several additional jurisdictions.

She has published in numerous scholarly journals and is the co-editor of the book, Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation.

Salisbury received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Castleton State College, and B.A. in Psychology from William Jewell College.

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