Dr. Harris, an expert in public policy, is associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He teaches and conducts applied policy research on a wide range of topics including substance abuse, sexual offending, mental health, and social policy. Before joining the UMass Lowell faculty, Dr. Harris spent more than 16 years developing and managing innovative public sector policies and programs in both the human service and criminal justice arenas. Dr. Harris’ research examines the implementation of public policies at the intersection of criminal justice and human services. In addition to leading the multi-state study on teen sexting, his research focuses on policy responses to sexual offending, and on policies concerning justice-involved persons with serious mental illness. His work has appeared in a range of inter-disciplinary journals, including Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Victims & Offenders, and he has been quoted and featured in a range of media outlets, including The New York Times and the Boston Globe.