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College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Graduate Student

Brian Fuleihan


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

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

Research Interests: Relationship between drugs and crime, drug courts, drug treatment and rehabilitation, integration and reintegration of criminal offenders, and barriers to reentry
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Before arriving in Columbia in 2010, Mr. Fuleihan worked for several years as the administrative director of an outpatient substance abuse treatment center that targeted criminal offenders with drug and alcohol problems. He is currently in the final phase of his dissertation, which is a case study of a juvenile drug court program in a large Southeastern city. In addition, he is assisting in the analysis of depictions of drug and alcohol use in hundreds of popular feature films shown in the U.S. during the last 2 decades. Mr. Fuleihan is actively involved in volunteer work, and serves on the board of directors of a long-term therapeutic community (treatment center) near Asheville, NC.

Selected Publications 

Sevigny, E. & Fuleihan, B. (under review).  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.