Jeff Kretschmar, PhD

Research Associate Professor

Managing Director, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education

PhD, Miami University
MA, Miami University
BA, Baldwin Wallace College

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
Community Studies Center
Room 218
11402 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


JEFF KRETSCHMAR is Research Associate Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and Managing Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. Dr. Kretschmar is active in a wide array of evaluation research studies. He serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the statewide evaluation of the Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative, a diversion program for juvenile justice-involved youth with mental and behavioral health issues. Dr. Kretschmar is the PI for the evaluation of Cuyahoga County’s Defending Childhood Initiative, a Department of Justice funded program designed to reduce and eliminate childhood exposure to violence and the associated traumatic consequences. Dr. Kretschmar also serves as the PI for Cuyahoga County’s Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Program, sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women. Jeff is the lead evaluator of the Montgomery County Juvenile Drug Court expansion and enhancement project, a SAMHSA funded initiative designed to provide more effective treatment options to youth and families participating in Drug Court.
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Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D.J. (In press).  The impact of bullying and cyberbullying on depression and suicidality.  In M. van Dulmen (Ed.), Suicide across the Life-Span: Integrating Developmental and Public Health Perspectives. Kent, OH: Kent State Press.

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

Kretschmar, J.M., Butcher, F., & Flannery, D. (2013).  An evaluation of the behavioral health/juvenile justice initiative.  Behavioral Health in Ohio—Current Research Trends, 1(2), 18-30.

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

Flannery, D.J., & Kretschmar, J. (2012).  Overview of Fugitive Safe Surrender:   Program description,  initial findings, and policy implications.  Criminology and Public Policy, 11, 433-435.

Flannery, D.J., & Kretschmar, J. (2012).  Fugitive safe surrender:  Program description, initial findings, and policy implications.  Criminology and Public Policy, 11, 437-459.

Kretschmar, J., & Flannery, D. J. (2011). Displacement and suicide risk for juvenile justice-involved youth with mental health issues. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 797–806.

End, C. M., Davis, C. M., Kretschmar, J. M., Campbell, J., Mueller, D. G., & Worthman, S. G. (2009). Missed call? A reexamination of sport fans’ and nonfans’ alcohol usage and alcohol-related experiences. Sociological Spectrum, 29, 649– 658.

Flannery, D., Singer, M., van Dulmen, M., Kretschmar, J., & Belliston, L. (2009). Exposure to violence: Mental health and violent behavior. In. D. Flannery, A. Vazsonyi, & I. Waldman (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior & Aggression (pp. 306–321). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

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