Danielle Mcdonald

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
B.S. Criminal Justice

Dr. McDonald received her Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in 2006. She has been teaching criminal justice courses in the online college classroom for 12 years. Her research primarily focuses on community corrections, reentry, student philanthropy, and how people experience the criminal justice differently based on race, class, and gender. She also is the author of the book "Race, Gender, Class, and Criminal Justice: Examining Barriers to Justice" published in 2017 by Carolina Academic Press.


PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

MA, Virginia Tech

BA, West Virginia University

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Service Award - ACJS Corrections Secti, ProfessionalActivities, 2011

Sage Professional Development Teaching Award, ACJS, 2009


McDonald, Danielle & Jonson, Cheryl., Mcdonald, D. Y. (2013). "Easing the Transition from Prison to the Community: An Evaluation of a Second Chance Act Mentoring Grant. " Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology

Mcdonald, D. Y. (2009). "Empowering Female Inmates: An Exploratory Study of a Therapeutic Community and Its Impact on the Coping Skills of Substance Abusing Female Inmates". International Journal of Therapeutic Communities

Mcdonald, D. Y. (2008). "Gender Responsive Treatment and the Need to Examine Female Inmate's Lives in Prison and Prior to Prison". Corrections Compendium

McDonald, Danielle & Arlinghaus, Staci., Mcdonald, D. Y. (2014). "The role of intensive case management services in reentry: The Northern Kentucky Female Offender Reentry Project. " Journal of Women and Criminal Justice