Elana Kresl


My name is Elana Kresl, I am currently in my senior year at NMSU and I am on the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field team. I am double majoring in psychology and criminal justice with interest in future research on the effectiveness of alternative sentencing programs in order to help with the current issue of mass incarceration in the United States. I am not quite sure what exact career this will lead me to but my passion for changing our justice system will guide me in the right direction.
For fun I enjoy being in my sisters’ company—they always boost my mood with good laughter. I also love traveling and going on trips that I probably can’t afford.
Project Description:
The current study is a collaborative project with Third Judicial District Court, Doña Ana County, in which four drug courts (i.e., adult drug court, juvenile drug court, veteran drug court, family reunification court) are implemented. The purposes of the project are to (1) better understand the characteristics of the various drug court models, (2) identify the factors associated with failure or successful completion of the problem-solving courts and (3) evaluate the effectiveness of the four problem-solving courts concerning the participants’ drug use and recidivism.
  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Take the GRE
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars ten times on social media
  • Apply for graduate or professional school
Elana’s Mentor: Dr. Ahram Cho:
Dr. Ahram Cho is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University and joined the faculty in 2019 Fall. She is originally from South Korea where she attended Dankook University for her bachelor’s degree in Law.  And she obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Her primary research interest centers on quantitative methods to facilitate the study of corrections, and crime and justice related to gender. Her recent work has examined the institutional rule-breaking behavior of inmates with a history of mental health problems. Her research also provides theoretical perspectives on criminal justice decision-making outcomes, institutional experiences, and gender relates to crime and justice.