Kimberly Davidson

Kimberly Davidson

Ph.D. Candidate in Criminology

National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellow (2020-2021)

518 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

Download CV


  1. (expected) Ph.D. Criminology, Pennsylvania State University, 2021
  2. M.A. Criminology, Pennsylvania State University, 2017
  3. B.M. Music Therapy (Major) and Psychology (Minor), University of Kansas, 2012


Kim Davidson is a doctoral candidate in the department of Criminology at Penn State University. Her research interests include prison programming, substance use treatment, and prisoner reentry. Kim has assisted in collecting survey data in prisons as part of the Prison Inmate Network Study (PINS), the Therapeutic Community Prison Inmate Network Study (TC-PINS), and the Women's Prison Inmate Network Study (WO-PINS). She has conducted qualitative interviews for the Reentry Prison Network Study (R-PINS) and the Therapeutic Community Reentry Prison Network Study (TCR-PINS). Kim’s dissertation research is focused on the reentry experiences of ex-inmates who have a history of substance use disorders, with an emphasis on their prior and current experiences in treatment programs.

Kim received her M.A. in Criminology from Penn State University and her B.M. in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to Penn State, she worked with individuals in halfway houses, substance use rehabilitation programs, sex offender treatment programs, and individuals with mental health diagnoses as a board certified music therapist.

Recent Publications:

Davidson, Kimberly M. In Press. “Testing an Interactionist Theory of Treatment Engagement in a Pennsylvania Prison-Based Therapeutic Community.” Criminal Justice and Behavior. 

Kreager, Derek A., Jacob T. N. Young, Dana L. Haynie, David R. Schaefer, Martin Bouchard, & Kimberly M. Davidson. Online First. “In the Eye of the Beholder: Meaning and Structure of Informal Status in Women’s and Men’s Prisons.” Criminology

Schaefer, David R., Kimberly M. Davidson, Dana L. Haynie, & Martin Bouchard. Online First. “Network Integration within a Prison-Based Therapeutic Community.” Social Networks

Davidson, Kimberly M., & Jacob T.N. Young. 2019. “Treatment Engagement in a Prison-Based Therapeutic Community: A Mixed- Methods Approach.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 103: 33-42.

Kreager, Derek A., David R. Schaefer, Kimberly M. Davidson, Gary Zajac, Dana L. Haynie, & George De Leon. 2019. “Evaluating Peer Influence Processes in a Prison-Based Therapeutic Community: A Dynamic Network Approach.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 203: 13-18. 


The Experiences of Men with Substance Use Disorders Exiting Prison at the Height of the Opioid Crisis

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Derek Kreager

Research Interests:

Corrections, Programming & Rehabilitation, Prisoner Reentry, Substance Use