Makayla Burden

Makayla   Burden
  • PhD Candidate
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • BS 2020, Sam Houston State University


Curriculum Vitae


Makayla is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. She received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors and Academic Distinction. In 2023, Makayla received the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship ($116,692), supporting her dissertation research titled Military Sexual Trauma Experiences of Female Veterans in Michigan. Makayla is currently serving as the President of the School of Criminal Justice’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) and is a member of the TRUSST Lab and the Research Consortium for Gender Based Violence (RCGV).

Research Interests

  • Victimology
  • Sexual violence
  • Violence against women
  • Cybercrime

Current Research

Currently working on qualifying papers examining Indigenous youth, polyvictimization, delinquency, strain, and Indigenous cultural.

Selected Publications

Burden, M., Melde, C., McGarrell, E.F., Heinze, J.E., Franzen, S., Michaels, K. (2023). Adolescent attitudes toward police and crime reporting intentions. Journal of Crime and Justice, 1-14.

Burden, M. (2023). “The cybercrime victim-offender overlap: Evaluating predictors for victims, offenders, victim-offenders, and those who are neither.” Victims & Offenders, 1-19.

Almanza, M., Mason, M., & Melde, C. (2023). “Perceptions of School Resource Officers: Protectors or Prosecutors?Criminal Justice Review 48(3), 277-412.

Holt, K., Rojek, A., Mason, M., & Rothman, L. (2022). “‘Who is Where?’ Cold Case Investigation and Collaborations Between Law Enforcement and Academia.” Homicide Studies.

LaBerge, A., Mason, M., & Sanders, K. (2022) Police Dispatch Times: The Effects of Neighborhood Structural Disadvantage. Journal of Criminal Justice, 79, 101885.

Mason, M. & Holt, K. (2021). Deepfake Pornography: New Forms of Image Based Harm and Sexual Abuse. Michigan Chapter for the Association of the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.