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Lynn Langton

Lynn Langton

Director of the Victimization and Response Program


PhD, Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida
MA, Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida
BA, Anthropology/Sociology, Centre College

Lynn Langton is a senior research criminologist with RTI’s Victimization and Resilience Program where she serves as the co-principal investigator for Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Developing the Victim Outcome and Satisfaction Survey Instrument and Platform—a project that involves developing and validating a Victim Outcomes and Satisfaction Survey for victim service providers to measure victim perceptions of the quality of services and extent to which services and referrals were effective at addressing their needs. Dr. Langton also serves as the co-principal investigator for a National Institute of Justice funded project that is a multilevel evaluation of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative and as the principal investigator for a National Institute of Justice funded project which assists the US Postal Inspection Service in preventing the repeated victimization of older adults through mass marketing scams.

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Langton worked as the Victimization Unit Chief at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, where she directed all activities of the BJS Victimization Statistics Unit, including the administration of the National Crime Victimization Survey, a complex, nationally representative survey of 225,000 persons per year. She also established and oversaw the BJS Victim Services Statistical Research Portfolio, which collects data from approximately 20,000 VSPs nationwide, advised the BJS Director and Deputy Directors on policies and methods relating to data collection needs of the unit, and briefed key stakeholders and data users, including legislative and executive branch organizations, on Victimization Unit statistical collections and findings.

Dr. Langton is an expert in designing studies, collecting data from and about victim populations and victim service providers, and evaluating program effectiveness, analyzing data, and disseminating findings to broad audiences. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports.

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