Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Sarah Goodrum

Research Professor in Violence Prevention

Fellow, Institute of Behavioral Science

Research Professor, Institute of Behavioral Science

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Sarah Goodrum is a Research Professor in Violence Prevention with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder. Formerly, she served as an A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Professor and Department Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado and as Associate Professor and Department Chair in Anthropology and Sociology at Centre College. Dr. Goodrum’s research focuses on school violence prevention, homicide victimization, domestic violence, and the criminal justice system. Her co-authored Report on the Arapahoe High School Shooting, funded by The Denver Foundation, examined the lessons learned on violence prevention in schools. These lessons have been used to improve the violence prevention strategies for threat assessment, information sharing, and leadership in school settings. Recently, Dr. Goodrum extended this work on violence prevention to co-author the Colorado School Safety Guide for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and serve as co-PI on an evaluation of the training for the Colorado Threat Assessment and Management Protocol in partnership with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center. She is currently the co-PI and consultant on several violence prevention projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Goodrum’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Law & Social Inquiry, Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Spectrum, Sociological Focus, Criminal Justice Review, and International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory & Practice. Her book After Homicide: Victims’ Families in the Criminal Justice System chronicles the experiences of families of murder victims from death notification to the trial, is available through Lynne Rienner Publishers (2019).