Stephanie J. Halter

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

BA, Plymouth State College; MA, PhD, University of New Hampshire

Office: Hyde Hall 345
Phone: 603-535-3244

Spring office hours:  Tuesday 1:00pm – 4:00pm  or by appointment

About Stephanie Halter

Stephanie Halter is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University. Her interests include juvenile crime and victimization, sex crimes, violence within families, evaluation research and public policy. Dr. Halter’s recent research examined how juveniles involved in prostitution were conceptualized by police as victims or offenders. Additionally, she has written on the process of gaining access to law enforcement agencies for research purposes. She also has extensive experience conducting applied evaluation research with recent project collaborators including the NH Courts, Juvenile Justice Agencies in Belknap County, UNH Cooperative Extension and some NH schools. Dr. Halter’s current project assists the NH Courts in evaluating their protocols which aim to make the courtroom environment more comfortable for children.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

  • Halter, S. (2010).  Factors that Influence Police Conceptualizations of Girls Involved in Prostitution in Six U.S. Cities: Child Sexual Exploitation Victims or Delinquents? Child Maltreatment, May.
  • Halter, S. (2010).  Gaining access to law enforcement agencies and records: Trials and tribulations from the field. In G. Szarycz (Ed.), Research Realities in the Social Sciences: Negotiating Fieldwork Dilemmas, Cambria Press.
  • Jones, L. M., Finkelhor, D. & Halter, S.  (2006). Child maltreatment trends in the 1990’s: Why does neglect differ from sexual and physical abuse? Child Maltreatment, 11,107-120.
  • Meyer, S. Halter, S., & Townson, L. (2007).  Assessing after-school program efficacy in engaging youth in New Hampshire: Using logic models to develop evaluation research design and measures.  The New Hampshire Journal of Education, X, 44-49.

Awards or recognition

  • Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), June 2009

Courses Taught

CJ 2350     Statistics in Criminal Justice
CJ 3500     Women and Crime
CJ 4400     Research Methods for Criminal Justice
CJ 4800     Criminal Justice Seminar


  • Chair, Criminal Justice Department, Plymouth State University (January 2015 – present)
  • Assistant Advisor, Eta Zeta Chapter, Alpha Phi Sigma