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Two Westminster College faculty publish Q-sort study

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Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A case study on Q methodology written by two Westminster College professors was recently published by London-based Sage Publishing.

Written by Dr. Jamie Chapman, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, and Dr. James Rhoads, professor of political science, “Using Q Methodology in Criminal Justice Studies: Exploring Attitudes Toward the Relationship between Mental Health and Incarceration” examines the use of Q methodology to explore attitudes toward the interaction of mental health and incarceration.

Dr. Susan Ramlo of the University of Akron also contributed to this study.

Chapman, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2014, conducts multiple research projects about incarceration. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from the University of Akron.

Rhoads participates in several societies that study Q methodology and regularly presents at national and international conferences on Q methodology. Rhoads, who joined the Westminster faculty in 1992, earned his undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

To learn more about the study or Q methodology, please contact Chapman at or Rhoads at