Assistant professor of criminal justice, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Cleary's research interests lie at the intersection of social science, law and policy. Her work examines adolescent behavior and decision making in justice system contexts, including youths’ contact with law enforcement, courts and corrections. The cornerstone of her research program involves police interrogation of juvenile suspects. She brings a developmental psychological approach to justice system processes and problems in effort to inform juvenile justice policy and practice. Cleary has been invited on numerous occasions to share her work in both academic and law enforcement arenas, including the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.