Dr. Bobbie Ticknor joins Virtual Rehab’s Advisory Board to offer her expertise in both correctional rehabilitation and technology.
Dr. Ticknor is an Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in Georgia and CEO of Correctional Training Solutions. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration on correctional rehabilitation. Her research interests include offender classification and assessment, correctional rehabilitation, technology in criminal justice, sex offender policy and practices, and biosocial criminology. She is a certified trainer in cognitive behavior therapy, aggression replacement training, and motivational interviewing. She is also a certified IBM Lotus Professional and SQL Certified Developer. Dr. Ticknor has over fifteen years of software development and consulting experience and over a decade’s worth of experience working with various offender populations and criminal justice agencies across the United States and Canada.
Dr. Ticknor has been involved on various projects and grants focused on correctional rehabilitation. She is currently working with Lowndes County, GA to establish a reentry center focused on evidence-based practices for successful reintegration. Dr. Ticknor is also on the advisory board for the National Incarceration Association and has worked with the leadership to develop a Family Guidance Curriculum focused on assisting family members of those who are incarcerated. She was project manager on the Ohio Reentry Grant Project focused on evaluating the 13 counties that make up the Ohio Reentry Coalition. Dr. Ticknor was also involved with the Ohio Prison Study and in the development of a cognitive-based sexual offending curriculum and training program now being used in three states. Additionally, Dr. Ticknor has conducted numerous program evaluations and trainings for correctional agencies across the country.
In 2013, Dr. Ticknor led the pilot for the first treatment group with offenders using a virtual environment. The Virtual Environment for the Treatment of Offenders (VETO) was piloted at a residential juvenile treatment facility in Ohio and was a feasibility study to explore if and how group facilitation could be done in a virtual environment. Additionally, she explored whether traditional CBT could be enhanced with the use of virtual reality. As a result of this study, Dr. Ticknor has proposed nine principles for effective group facilitation using VR and is currently working on a curriculum for group facilitation.