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Brian Fuleihan



PhD (in progress) University of South Carolina, Criminology & Criminal Justice

M.S. 2009, Appalachian State University, Criminal Justice & Criminology

B.S.W. 2004, Appalachian State University, Social Work

Office: 207 Currell College
Research Interests: Drugs and crime, drug courts, drug treatment and rehabilitation, reintegration of criminal offenders and public safety, integration, and barriers to successful reentry


Before arriving in Columbia in 2010, Mr. Fuleihan was the administrative director of an outpatient substance abuse treatment center that served criminal offenders with drug and alcohol problems. He is currently in the final phase of his dissertation; a case study of a juvenile drug court program in a large Southeastern city.  His present research includes assisting another faculty member in analyzing depictions of drug and alcohol use in popular feature films shown in the United States.  Mr. Fuleihan continues to volunteer his time working with substance-abusing offenders, also serving on the board of a long-term therapeutic community (treatment center) near Asheville, NC.

Selected Publications

Sevigny, E. & Fuleihan, B. (2015).  Measurement and design challenges in the measurement of drugs and crime. In H. Brownstein (Ed.), Wiley Handbook on Drugs and Crime. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Sevigny, E., Fuleihan, B. & Ferdik, F. (2013). Do drug courts reduce the use of incarceration? A meta-analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 41(6), 416-425.

Murphy, D., Fuleihan, B., Richards, S. & Jones, R. (2011).  The electronic “scarlet letter:” Criminal Backgrounding and a perpetual spoiled identity. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 5(3), 101=118.