Daniel J. Flannery, PhD

Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Professor

Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

PhD, The Ohio State University
MA, The Ohio State University
BA, The University of Notre Dame

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Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel
Community Studies Center
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11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


DANIEL J. FLANNERY is the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth Begun Professor and Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His research has been published in a variety of scientific outlets including The New England Journal of Medicine, Developmental Psychology, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Criminology and Public Policy. He is also author of several books including Violence in Everyday Life (2006), Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program (2013), and the upcoming Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd edition, 2018). His primary areas of research are in youth violence prevention, the link between violence and mental health, and community-based program evaluation.

The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is the largest research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. The Begun Center has a long record of applied, community-based research, training, advocacy, and technical assistance since 1998. The Begun Center is made up of a professional staff of 35 social scientists, 15 of whom hold doctoral degrees, from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. Begun Center researchers are nationally recognized scholars whose publications are well-cited in research on exposure to violence, mental health, youth gangs, correctional management, and organizational culture. These researchers have experience in county, state, and federally funded research and evaluation projects, including large-scale multi-state and multi-county designs.

Lovell, R., Luminais, M., Flannery, D.J., Overman, L., Huang, D., Walker, T., Clark, D.R. (2017). Offending patterns for serial sex offenders identified via the DNA testing of previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits. Journal of Criminal Justice, 52, 68-78.

Butcher, F., Holmes, M.R., Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D.J. (2016). Poly-victimization across social contexts: Home, school, and neighborhood violence exposure. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Galanek, J., Duda, J., Flannery, D.J., Kretschmar, J., & Butcher, F. (2016). Fugitive Safe Surrender: A qualitative analysis of participant’s reasons for surrender and anticipated outcomes to inform program evaluation. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, 4, 161-187.

Flannery, D.J., Todres, J., Bradshaw, C. et al. (2016). Bullying prevention: A summary of the report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Prevention Science. 

Kretschmar, J., Tossone, K., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D.J. (2016). Patterns of poly victimization in a sample of at-risk youth. Journal of Child Abuse and Trauma.

Timmons-Mitchell, J.T., Levesque, D., Harris, L., Flannery, D.J., & Falcone, T. (2016). Pilot test of StandUp, an online school-based bullying prevention program. Children and Schools, 38, 71-79.

Flannery, D., & Farrell, A. (2016). Evaluating school-based violence prevention programs: Challenges and opportunities now and into the future. In Mayer, M., & Jimerson, S. (Eds.). School safety and violence prevention: Science, Practice and Policy Driving Change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lovell, R., Flannery, D., & Luminais, M. (2016). Lessons learned: Serial sex offenders identified from backlogged sexual assault kits (SAKs). In Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (2016). New directions in research on violence: Bridging science, practice and policy. In Vazsonyi, A., Flannery, D., & DeLisi, M. (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., Flannery, D. J., & Singer, M. (2016). Diverting juvenile justice-involved youth with behavioral health issues from detention: Preliminary findings from Ohio’s Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 27, 302-325.

Baughman Sladky, M., Hussey, D., Flannery, D., Jefferis, E. (2015). Adolescent delinquency and violent behavior. In T. P. Gullotta, R. W. Plant, M. A. Evans (Eds.). Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, 2nd edition (pp. 445-471). New York: Springer Press.

Butcher, F., Galanek, J., Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). The impact of neighborhood disorganization on neighborhood exposure to violence, trauma symptoms and social relationships among at-risk youth. Social Science and Medicine, 146, 300-306.

Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Singer, M., & Flannery, D.J. (2015). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children in an at-risk sample of youth. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6, 251-268.

Singer, M.I., Flannery, D.J., Kretschmar, J., and Bartholomew, J. (2015). Brief report: A county-wide survey of residents’ violence exposure. Journal of Psychiatry, 18, 14-16.

Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University. Research on Social Work Practice.

Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2014).  The impact of bullying and cyberbullying on depression and suicidality. In Van Dulmen, M., Bossarte, R. & Swahn, M. (Eds.),  Developmental and Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Prevention: An Integrated Approach.  SkiKnow Press.

Kretschmar, J., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2014). Aspects of bullying and its relationship to suicide. Van Dulmen, M., Bossarte, R. & Swahn, M. (Eds). Developmental and Public Health Perspectives on Suicide Prevention: An Integrated Approach, pp.58-83. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.

Butcher, F., Kretschmar, J., Lin, Y., Flannery, D.J., & Singer, M.I. (2014). Analysis of the validity scales in the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Research on Social Work Practice, 24, 695-704.

Flannery, D.J., van Dulmen, M.H., & Mata, A. (2013).  Developmental trajectories of exposure to violence.  In M.J. Delisi & K. Beaver (Eds.),  The life-Course of Antisocial Behavior:  Aggression to Delinquency to Crime.  Boston, MA:  Jones & Bartlett.

Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2013).  An evaluation of the behavioral health/juvenile justice initiative.  Behavioral Health in Ohio—Current Research Trends1(2), 18-30.

Brunell, A., Davis, M., Schley, D., Eng, A., Van Dulmen, M., Wester, K., & Flannery, D. (2013).  A new measure of interpersonal exploitativeness.  Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences.

Flannery, D.J., Modzeleski, W., & Kretschmar, J. (2013).  Violence and school shootings. Invited Paper. Current Psychiatry Reports, 15, 331-337.

Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice
Bullying has long been tolerated as a rite of passage among children and adolescents. There is an implication that individuals who are bullied must have “asked for” this type of treatment, or deserved it. Sometimes, even the child who is bullied begins to internalize this idea. For many years, there has been a general acceptance and collective shrug when it comes to a child or adolescent with greater social capital or power pushing around a child perceived as subordinate. But bullying is not developmentally appropriate; it should not be considered a normal part of the typical social grouping that occurs throughout a child’s life. Recognizing that bullying behavior is a major public health problem that demands the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators and school administrators, health care providers, policy makers, families, and others concerned with the care of children, this report evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of peer victimization and the risk and protective factors that either increase or decrease peer victimization behavior and consequences. | Learn More |

Wanted on Warrants: The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program
Since 2005, the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) program has been implemented in more than twenty cities around the country. Tens of thousands of individuals with active warrants for their arrest have voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement in a church or other neutral setting. The sites are transformed for four days into complete justice systems with pretrial-intake, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and probation/parole and community services staff. Author Daniel J. Flannery has gathered information on who turns themselves in, what the warrant is for, how long the warrant has been active, and what happens to the individual. This collaborative initiative between local and federal law enforcement and community faith-based organizations is unique and has proven to be a successful program that is being copied and initiated throughout the country. ‘Wanted on Warrants’ offers valuable insights into what happens during and after an FSS program and will be welcomed by policymakers and practitioners. | Learn More |

The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression
This Handbook provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary examination of the most current research and thinking about the complex issue of violence and violent behavior. The volume examines a range of theoretical, policy, and research issues and provides a comprehensive overview of aggressive and violent behavior. The Handbook also examines violence at multiple levels: individual, family, neighborhood, and cultural, and across multiple perspectives and systems, including treatment, justice, education, and public health. The Handbook represents the most current and up-to-date research from leading experts around the world. | Learn More |

Violence and Mental Health in Everyday Life
Clinical psychologist Daniel J. Flannery reveals the impact of violence and victimization in the lives of children and adolescents from a developmental perspective. His case studies show the significance of these mental health issues for the individual, family, neighborhood, and community. He offers lists of professional networks and support, including web sites and readings related to violence and mental health, creating a valuable resource for parents, teachers, social workers, childcare workers, public health officials, police officers and others who interact every day with young people, to help them understand more about child development and how experiences with violence can affect development and daily life. | Learn More |

Youth Violence: Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy
Scholars, public officials, and reporters have described the violence of this decade as epidemic as the homicide rate has doubled for adolescents between 1984 and 1994. Current policy to combat youth violence is primarily reactive, focusing on increased punishments and spending millions of dollars each year on incarceration. Providing the latest research on effective prevention and intervention strategies for reducing youth violence, ‘Youth Violence: Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy’ is a comprehensive resource for dealing with both perpetrators and victims of violence and understanding the risk factors facing youth. It covers results from tested prevention and intervention programs including practical descriptions, core components for success, evaluation findings, costs, and lessons learned from actual implementations. It also covers intervention techniques that teach pro-social behavior to anti-social youth as well as psychopharmacological and neurobiological issues in the treatment of violent youth. It also provides an extensive reference list of over 700 publications and studies, a practical volume with wide audience appeal, including sociologists, criminologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educators, counselors, and nurses. | Learn More |

White House Summit | “Taking Action: Creating Model Emergency Management Plans for Schools, Institutions of Higher Education and Houses of Worship”

Participated in a panel discussion for Institutions of Higher Education moderated by FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely. The other two panels were Schools, moderated by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Houses of Worship, moderated by then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. | Learn More |

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office | “No More Massacres: How to Prevent School-Based Violence”

In this special two-day seminar – presented by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon City, Oregon – Dan focused on community-based violence prevention for school administrators, first responders, mental-health personnel, social workers. and juvenile and corrections staffers. | Learn More |

Big Beaver Falls High School | “Sensible Solutions: A One-Day School Violence Seminar”

Participated in a one-day seminar this October which includes leaders of Sandy Hook Promise, two of whom tragically lost children in a classroom, as well as other dedicated experts who conducted and continue to research realistic solutions to the serious problem of violence. | Learn More |

Defending Childhood Initiative
Children’s exposure to violence, whether as victims or as witnesses, is often associated with long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children exposed to violence are also at a higher risk of engaging in criminal behavior later in life and becoming part of a cycle of violence. In 2010, United States Attorney General Eric Holder launched the Defending Childhood Initiative to address the exposure of America’s children to violence as victims and as witnesses. The Begun Center serves as the evaluation partner for the Cuyahoga County Defending Childhood project. Evaluation activities include identification of appropriate assessment instruments, analysis of screening and pre/post test data for youth receiving trauma-informed care, evaluation of training sessions held for the child-serving agencies in the area, and possible assessment of the effectiveness of a community awareness campaign.
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Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS)
The Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) program is a unique, creative, and highly successful initiative that encourages persons wanted for non-violent felony or misdemeanor crimes to voluntarily surrender to the law in a faith-based or other neutral setting. The program was originally managed nationally by the United States Marshals Service and is currently funded and managed through Ohio’s Attorney General’s Office. FSS is a community re-entry program for wanted non-violent offenders and offers individuals with felony and misdemeanor warrants the ability to turn themselves in to law enforcement and have their cases adjudicated in a safe and non-violent environment. The goal of Fugitive Safe Surrender is to reduce the risk to law enforcement officers who pursue fugitives, to the neighborhoods in which they hide, and to the fugitives themselves. Authorized by Congress in July 2006, Fugitive Safe Surrender is believed to be the first program of its kind in the nation. The Begun Center provides evaluation services for the FSS program and has been onsite at over 20 FSS operations since 2006. | View Full Project Overview |

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