Johnny Rice II, Ph.D.

Johnny Rice II, Ph.D. (Team Leader) is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Coppin State University in Baltimore. His areas of expertise are delinquency, victimization and social justice. Dr. Rice previously served as Senior Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in the Supervised Visitation Initiative. Before joining Vera, he worked as a public administrator for the Maryland Department of Human Resources, overseeing their various programs on family violence and victims of crime. Dr. Rice held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Director of the nationally recognized Men's Services Responsible Fatherhood Program at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF) in Baltimore. At CFUF, he assisted in developing a partnership with the House of Ruth Maryland Gateway Project, cited by US Department of Health and Human Services as one of the first collaborations in the nation between a responsible fatherhood service provider and a domestic violence abuser intervention program. He has spent the past 20 years providing leadership, technical assistance, and support to organizations that serve low-income fathers and families in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice/youth development and criminal justice in efforts to create safe and stable communities. Dr. Rice has worked to address health disparities and criminal justice differential treatment based on race/ethnicity in underserved communities.