L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Robyn McDougle

Robyn Diehl McDougle

Associate Dean of Research and Outreach, Acting Director of Performance Management Group, and Associate Professor

Kearney House, Room 202 Phone: (804) 828-2759 Email: rdmcdougle@vcu.edu


  • Police community relations
  • Violent crime and program evaluation


B.S., Psychology, Randolph-Macon College
M.S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D., Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Research interests

Police community relations, jail re-entry, program evaluation, violent crimes, crime scene analysis and evidence collection.


Dr. Robyn McDougle is the Associate Dean of Research and Outreach and an Associate Professor at the Wilder School. Her primary area of research is program evaluation, project impact and the impact of violent crime on youth and community development. Her research involves working with service-based organizations and law enforcement agencies to evaluate the efficacy of programs offered to residents in communities that suffer many of the negative consequences resulting from high levels of crime, specifically violent crime. She has also worked with local and state correctional agencies in the development of effective prisoner re-entry programs as well as helped create a nationally recognized jailers academy internship program. McDougle has conducted training in leadership, stress management and death investigation for local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies and public safety organizations.