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Robert D. Hanser University of Louisiana at Monroe

Robert D. Hanser is a professor of criminal justice and the coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Hanser has a PhD in marriage and family therapy and a PhD in criminal justice. He also has graduate degrees in psychology (psychometrics emphasis), counseling, social work, and substance abuse administration. He is a national certified counselor, a licensed professional counselor in the states of Louisiana and Texas, a licensed addiction counselor, a certified hypnotherapist, and a certified anger management therapist. Dr. Hanser worked as a correctional officer at Eastham State Prison, in Texas, for several years. He has gained extensive practitioner experience in treatment programming in Louisiana at Richwood Correctional Center (RCC), Madison Parish Correctional Center (MPCC) and the Louisiana Transitional Center for Women (LTCW). He has expertise in therapeutic programming, mental health response, education within correctional facilities, substance use disorder treatment, and reentry. He holds a gubernatorial appointment on the Reentry Advisory Council of Louisiana, serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV), has been appointed to the Professional Educational Counsel with the American Correctional Association (ACA), and is an Executive Counselor for the Corrections section for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). He is a past member of the 4th Judicial District’s Youth Services Planning Board, a past therapeutic director of the 4th Judicial District Drug Court, and is the lead therapist for the 4th Judicial District Reentry Court and the 4th Judicial District Batterer’s Intervention Program. Dr. Hanser is also a site surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). He has aided several organizations in obtaining and/or maintaining CARF accreditation throughout his career, with expertise in substance use and behavioral health treatment programming.


He has written Introduction to Corrections (3rd Ed.), Community Corrections (2nd Ed.), Juvenile Justice (10th Ed.), Correctional Counseling, Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System, Special Needs Offenders, and over 60 other publications, including textbooks, anthology chapters, and peer reviewed articles.