Ashley B. Batastini

Assistant Professor


Research Interests

My research generally focuses on improving intervention strategies for offender populations. Although broad in scope, my program of research is tied together by a unifying goal: to develop innovative ways to reach and connect the systems necessary for reducing criminal risk and enhancing public safety. That is, I assume a multisystemic approach to offender rehabilitation that encompasses the various phases and entities related to an offender’s involvement with the criminal justice system. My research currently falls into three distinct yet overlapping domains: (1) understanding the effects of implementing correctional treatment via telecommunications, (2) developing an empirically-supported program for offenders in long-term segregation, and (3) improving re-entry outcomes, such as employment, for community released offenders. Other areas of interest include forensic mental health assessment and juvenile justice issues.

Courses Taught

University of Southern Mississippi

  • Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology (PSY 835)
  • Adult Cognitive and Abilities Assessment (PSY 641)
  • General Psychology (PSY 110)

Texas Tech University

  • General Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology

Recent Refereed Publications

Batastini, A. B. (in press). Improving rehabilitative efforts for juvenile offenders through the use of telemental health. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology [Special Issue].

Batastini, A. B., King, C. M., Morgan, R. D. & McDaniel, B. (2015). Telepsychological services with criminal justice and substance abusing clients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychological Services. [Epub ahead of print].

Morgan, R. D., Batastini, A. B., Murray, D. D., Serna, C., & Porras, C. (2015). Criminal thinking: A fixed or fluid process? Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi: 10.1177/0093854815578948

Batastini, A. B., Bolanos, A. D., & Morgan, R. D. (2014). Attitudes toward hiring applicants with mental illness and criminal justice involvement: The impact of education and experience. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37, 524-533. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.025

Batastini, A. B., Hunt, E., Present-Koller, J., & DeMatteo, D. (2011). Federal standards for community registration of juvenile sex offenders: An evaluation of risk prediction and future implications. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 17, 451-474. doi: 10.1037/a0023637

Treatment Manuals

Batastini, A. B., Morgan, R. D., Kroner, D. G., & Mills, J. F. Escaping the Cage: A Mental Health Treatment Program for Inmates Detained in Restrictive Housing.

Recent Book Chapters

Morgan, R. D., Kroner, D. G., Mills, J. F., & Batastini, A. B. (2013). Treating criminal offenders. In I. B. Weiner & R. K. Otto (Eds.) Handbook of Forensic Psychology, Fourth Edition, pp. 795-838. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Batastini, A. B., McDonald, B., & Morgan, R. D. (2013). Videoteleconferencing in forensic and correctional practice. In K. Myers & C. Turvey (Eds.) Telemental Health: Clinical, Technological, and Administrative Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice, pp. 251-272. Waltham, MA: Elsevier.