OUR TEAM

Learn about our growing team and contact us for any information regarding our research and LPRC membership.
Read Hayes, PhD, CPP

Read Hayes, PhD, CPP

Director

Dr. Read Hayes started as a store detective in retail loss prevention and has over 30 years’ of hands-on crime and loss control experience working with organizations worldwide. A Co-Director of the Loss Prevention Research Team at the University of Florida, and Director of the retailer-supplier coalition Loss Prevention Research Council. Dr. Hayes’ co-founded the University of Florida’s globally used National Retail Security Surveyin 1989, and has conducted over 75 LP field research projects. He has spoken at over 100 conferences, and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 150 magazine articles, and four top selling books, and provides crime prevention expertise to FoxNews, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Oprah, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company, USA Today and the BBC.

Kenna Carlsen

Kenna Carlsen

Research Team Leader

Kenna was born and raised in Port Saint Lucie, FL. She moved to Gainesville in 2012 to attend the University of Florida. Kenna holds a BS in Psychology, a BA in Criminology, and a Master’s in Criminology. Prior to working with the LPRC, she specialized in victimology and fear of crime. In her spare time, Kenna enjoys spending time outdoors and relaxing with her friends and family.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez

Marketing Manager (Operations Team Leader)

Diego graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, and a minor in Sociology. He graduated with cum laude honors for both degrees. While at the University of Florida he was heavily involved in pre-law programs including Phi Alpha Delta and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. In 2019 the UF Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law chapter awarded him the inaugural Diego J Rodriguez UF Phi Alpha Delta Outstanding Member Award. He was also recognized by the National chapter for putting together Law in the Swamp, a pre-law conference with over 40 law schools and 20 organizations from across the nation. The event was awarded the National Outstanding Professional Program Award beating out dozens of other nominated programs. In his spare time, he enjoys finding new nature trails to explore and volunteering at the Alachua County Animal Services Center.

Cory Lowe

Cory Lowe

Research Scientist

Cory Lowe was born and raised in Taylorsville, Georgia. He moved to Gainesville in 2016 to pursue his PhD in Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of Florida. At UF, he specialized in criminological theory, crime prevention, and research methods and plans to defend his dissertation “Moral Communities in Chicago Neighborhoods: Examining the Relationship between Family and Neighborhood Religiosity and Youth Substance Use and Delinquency” in July of 2020. He has published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, several chapters and entries in edited volumes, and has presented his research at numerous regional and national conferences. Prior to attending the University of Florida, he received his BA in history and political science from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia; and his MA in Sociology and Criminology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. His grandfather, Clayton Jackson Harris, is his hero.

Mackenzie Kushner

Mackenzie Kushner

Research Scientist

Mackenzie graduated from the University of Florida with BAs in criminology and anthropology in 2016 and earned her MS in criminology and justice policy from Northeastern University in 2019. She is currently finishing her PhD in criminology and law at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on testing criminological theory, crime prevention, and interpersonal violence. Her research has been published in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology of Violence among other publication outlets. In her spare time she can be found watching true crime with her cats or cheering on the Florida Gators.

Natanya Cruz

Natanya Cruz

Research Analyst

Natanya is a recent graduate from the University of Florida earning her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems in 2018. Having lived in Gainesville for the majority of her life, UF was a clear choice. She loves the process of getting organized and being able to check things off a to-do list. Outside of work, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs and cat, singing, dancing, and reading.