About NIJ's Office of Research and Evaluation

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Overview of the NIJ Office of Research and Evaluation

The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) within NIJ develops, conducts, directs and supervises research and evaluation activities to prevent and reduce crime and violence and promote justice through social and behavioral research. Such research and evaluation cuts across a wide array of criminal justice topics, including crime and crime prevention, the justice system, and violence and victimization.

Major Activities of the NIJ Office of Research and Evaluation

Major activities within ORE include developing and conducting programs of criminal justice research, development and evaluation.

Research, Development and Evaluation. NIJ’s staff of highly qualified scientists help build and advance a body of knowledge that informs criminal justice policy and practice decisions and pushes forward the next generation of research. NIJ has an established research and development process that ensures projects are relevant to the field and produce valid, actionable results. The process includes:

  1. Identifying needs.
  2. Developing a research agenda.
  3. Implementing research.
  4. Post-award activities.
  5. Evaluating research results.
  6. Disseminating research results.

Learn more about NIJ’s research and development process.

The research carried out in ORE has spanned almost all aspects of the criminal justice system (see the focus areas of research divisions below), and cuts across other related disciplines. The research agenda driven by ORE supports both long-standing, focused research programs and responds to emerging needs. Following are examples of some major research programs:

  • The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative — a research-focused initiative to increase the safety of students, schools and communities nationwide.
  • The Violence Against Women Program — improves knowledge and understanding of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual assault issues;  provides objective and independent knowledge and validated tools to reduce violence against women and girls; and promotes justice for victims.
  • Justice system research —knowledge and tools that improve the functions and purposes of policing, courts and corrections.

In the coming year, research priorities include:

  • Policing practices, including building and strengthening police-community relationships, and officer training, technology and wellness.
  • Longitudinal examination of interpersonal violence and victimization among college-age individuals.
  • Illegal drug markets (including diversion of legal drugs) and criminal behavior.
  • Research and evaluation on corrections, including the use of restrictive housing, and correctional officer safety and wellness.

See lists of forthcoming and current solicitations that reflect additional priorities.

Research and evaluation funded out of ORE include a range of methodologies and data collection and analytic techniques; competitive research awards are made in the form of grants and cooperative agreements (see Comparing Grants and Competitive Agreements for more information).

Collaboration with Peers, Policymakers and Practitioners. ORE's scientists collaborate with peers from across government, practice, research and academia as well as the other science offices within NIJ. The collaboration ensures that the scientific community is informed about the issues faced by criminal justice policymakers and practitioners and engages top researchers to drive innovation to address those needs.

Scientists continually conduct intramural research, which includes working with stakeholders and sponsoring relevant meetings, workshops and working groups. These meetings generate a rich exchange of ideas while guiding future research and ensuring that the research agenda and activities meet the public's needs.

Organization of the NIJ Office of Research and Evaluation

ORE is led by Office Director Dr. Seri Irazola and comprises three divisions:

  • The Violence and Victimization Research Division — led by Dr. John Picarelli, includes the following substantive areas: intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, teen dating violence, children exposed to violence, violent victimization, human trafficking, and elder abuse and mistreatment.
  • The Justice Systems Research Division — led by Dr. Angela Moore, includes the following substantive areas: policing, courts, corrections (community and institutional), race and crime, and drugs and crime.
  • The Crime and Crime Prevention Research Division — led by Dr. Phelan Wyrick, includes the following substantive areas: school safety, public corruption and white collar crime, gang violence and prevention, firearms violence and crime, and domestic radicalization.

ORE's scientists are supported and augmented by interns, research assistants and fellows. The Research Assistantship Program provides highly qualified doctoral students with practical and applied research experience. Learn more about the program. The fellowship programs provide funding both for external research and for participants to come work at NIJ. Learn more about NIJ’s fellowship programs.

Contact the NIJ Office of Research and Evaluation

Seri IrazolaSupervisory Social Science Analyst/Office Director202-616-0685
Cheryl Crawford WatsonHuman Subjects Protection Officer202-514-6210
Marilyn Mo​sesSocial Science Analyst/Special Projects202-514-6205
Amy GriffinNIJ Fellow202-598-0548
Matthew JohnsonNIJ Fellow202-353-5567
Marina MendozaNIJ Fellow202-598-5694
Andre RosayExecutive Research FellowN/A
Jennifer HolmesGraduate Research Assistant N/A
Rebecca StabileGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Lisa FedinaGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Kristina LugoGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Steven HafnerGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Meghan DoughtyGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Jenny AfkinichGraduate Research AssistantN/A
Tiffany HardingContractor202-616-1719
ORE Crime, Violence and Victimization Division
John PicarelliSupervisory Social Science Analyst/Division Director202-307-3213
Christine CrosslandSenior Social Science Analyst/Violence Against Indian Women202-616-5166
Carrie MulfordSocial Science Analyst/Elder Mistreatment/Teen Dating Violence/Juvenile Justice/Offender Decision-Making202-307-2959
Dara Blachman-DemnerSocial Science Analyst/Teen Dating Violence/Children Exposed to Violence/Victimization/Translational Criminology202-514-9528
Bethany BackesSocial Science Analyst/Victimization & Sexual Violence202-305-4419
ORE Justice Systems Research Division
Angela MooreSupervisory Social Science Analyst/Division Director202-307-0145
Linda TruittSenior Social Science Analyst/Pretrial/Federal Sentencing/ Prosecution and Defense/Drugs & Crime/Courts202-353-9081
Katharine BrowningSenior Social Science Analyst/Forensic Social Science Policy202-616-4786
Marie GarciaSocial Science Analyst/Institutional & Community Corrections/ Offender Reentry/Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences202-514-7128
Brett ChapmanSocial Science Analyst/Policing202-514-2187
Eric MartinSocial Science Analyst/Offender Supervision/Drugs & Crime/ Courts/Policing202-514-9588
ORE Crime and Crime Prevention Division
Phelan WyrickSupervisory Social Science Analyst/Division Director202-353-9254
Nadine FrederiqueSenior Social Science Analyst202-514-8777
Barbara CombsSocial Science Analyst202-353-0662
Aisha QureshiSocial Science Analyst202 -616-5233
Mary Poulin CarltonSocial Science Analyst/Detailee202-616-7684
Date Modified: January 25​, 2016