Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Western Carolina University
Dr. Kopak received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Most of his work has focused on the connections between substance use disorders and criminal justice-related outcomes. Dr. Kopak is also dedicated to improving the front end of the criminal justice system. He specializes in research design, data collection, analysis, and the pursuit of external funding sources. The guiding principle of this work is to develop evidence-based practices that are designed to minimize the long-term impact of criminal justice system involvement on someone’s life, while taking the opportunity to address substance use, mental health, and other factors that may contribute to law enforcement contact.