Elaine Eggleston Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Over the past several years, Dr. Doherty has been investigating a variety of research topics using the Woodlawn study, which is a prospective and longitudinal study of an urban community cohort of African Americans.  Her current research focuses on the conditional effects of desistance from crime and substance use, the mechanisms underpinning this desistance, and the long-term criminal careers of African Americans.