Speaker Bios for NIJ's "Research for the Real World" Seminar Series
NIJ's in-person seminar series is held periodically in Washington, D.C., and features research that is changing our thinking about policies and practices. Speakers have included:
David Adams, Co-founder and Co-Director of Emerge
Dr. David Adams is co-founder and Co-Director of Emerge, a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping domestic violence. Dr. Adams has 29 years experience working with men who batter and is a nationally recognized trainer and researcher. He has published numerous articles about domestic violence. Dr. Adams is Co-Chair of the Batterer Intervention Working Group of the Massachusetts Commission on Domestic Violence and has done trainings in over 30 states and 5 nations. He currently co-leads the fatherhood parenting group, and recently authored and directed a Danger Assessment DVD.
View Dr. Adam's presentation with Dr. Gelles and Dr. Campbell.
Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab
Ms. Roseanna Ander is the Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. She has a wealth of experience focused on reducing youth violence, most notably with the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. She holds a Master of Science degree in health policy from Harvard University's School of Public Health.
View Ms. Ander's presentation with Dr. Jens Ludwig.
Greg Berman, Director of the Center for Court Innovation
Greg Berman is Director of the Center for Court Innovation, which recently won the Peter F. Drucker Prize for Nonprofit Innovation. The Center has been responsible for implementing more than 20 demonstration projects, including the Midtown Community Court and the Red Hook Community Justice Center. In addition to
Trial & Error in Criminal Justice Reform, Greg is the co-author of
Good Courts: The Case for Problem-Solving Justice (The New Press).
View Mr. Berman's presentation.
Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, J.D., Office of the Vice President
Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, J.D. is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Prior to joining the White House, Carrie was Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Founder and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, where her advocacy and scholarship focused on violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrants’ rights. Prior to her legal career, Carrie engaged in social services advocacy and youth education centered on women and girls’ empowerment, as well as anti-violence programming. While serving in the White House, Carrie coordinates efforts to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, and gender violence issues. Bettinger-Lopez is a senior advisor to Vice President Biden and serves on the White House Council on Women and Girls. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan.
Anthony Braga, Rutgers University
Anthony Braga is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at Rutgers University, Senior Research Fellow in Harvard University's Criminal Justice Policy and Management Program, and a member of the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.
Jackie Campbell, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Dr. Jackie Campbell is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has been conducting advocacy policy work and research in the area of domestic violence since 1980. Dr. Campbell has been the PI of 10 major NIH, NIJ or CDC research grants and published more than 150 articles and seven books on domestic violence. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the House of Ruth Battered Women's Shelter, and was a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence.
View Dr. Campbell's presentation with Dr. Gelles and Dr. Adams.
Rebecca Campbell, Michigan State University
Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology and Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. For the past 20 years, she has conducted victimology research and evaluation, with an emphasis on violence against women and children. Her work examines how rape crisis centers and the legal, medical, and mental health systems respond to the needs of adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims of sexual assault. Her current work, funded by the National Institute of Justice, focuses on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and the criminal justice system.
She has published over 75 scientific papers and two books on these topics, and has conducted over 150 presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Over her career, she has received over $7.5 million in research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and most recently, the National Institute of Justice. She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the 2008 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.
Dr. Campbell holds a Ph.D. in community psychology from Michigan State University.
View Dr. Campbell's presentation.
Redonna K. Chandler, Chief, Services Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Redonna K. Chandler is currently the Chief of the Services Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. She provides scientific leadership on research intended to improve the quality of drug abuse treatment and recovery services, with a special emphasis on the implementation of evidence-based interventions. She is also an instructor for the National Judicial College, providing training to presiding judges on addiction research and treatment. Prior to joining NIDA, she worked for the Bureau of Prisons, implementing and evaluating substance abuse treatment programs for federally sentenced offenders. Dr. Chandler was trained as a psychologist and received her doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky.
View Dr. Chandler's presenation.
Phillip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University
Dr. Phillip J. Cook is ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University. He served as director and chair of Duke's Sanford Institute of Public Policy from 1985-89, and again from 1997-99, and is currently Senior Associate Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy. He has active research programs on a number of topics, including truancy prevention, crime prevention through private action, and alcohol control policy. His most recent books are
Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (co-edited with Jens Ludwig and Justin McCrary: University of Chicago Press, 2011) and
Paying the Tab (Princeton University Press, 2007). He is currently vice chair of the National Research Council's Committee on Law and Justice, previously served as a member of the Division Committee for the Behavioral Sciences, and serves as co-director of the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago.
View Dr. Cook's presentation.
Scott Decker, Arizona State University
Scott Decker, Ph.D., is a foundation professor and the Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has served as an Associate Editor and member of the editorial board for
View Dr. Decker's presentation.
Michael Downing, Los Angeles Police Department
Deputy Chief Michael Downing is the Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism & Special Operations Bureau, where he leads five operational divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services, Metropolitan, Air Support, and Emergency Operations; dealing with intelligence, investigations, tactical response, and emergency preparedness. Deputy Chief Downing is also Chair of the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC) and Vice Chair of the United States DOJ Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council.
Deputy Chief Downing served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national strategy for countering violent extremism. Deputy Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa, Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya in an effort to transition large national police organizations into democratic civilian policing models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities.
Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration 1982, POST Command College 1997, FBI’s Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) 2008, Post Naval Graduate Executive Program 2009, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) 2012. He is a senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Institute.
Felton Earls, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Felton Earls is Professor of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Human Behavior and Development at Harvard School of Public Health. His interests span child mental health, epidemiology, and human rights. From 1990 to 2005, he was the principal investigator for the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, a multilevel, longitudinal study on the causes and consequences of children’s exposure to violence.
View Dr. Earl's presentation.
Jeffrey Edleson, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jeffrey Edleson , is a professor in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He is one of the world's leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published more than 100 articles and 10 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation.
View Dr. Edleson's presentation with Dr. Lindhorst.
John Firman, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Mr. John Firman is the Director of the Research Division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP.) His duties include development and implementation of a national and international law enforcement policy research and evaluation program for the association. Mr. Firman helped create and currently manages the National Law Enforcement Policy Summit Series for the IACP, addressing current and emerging issues in the policing profession. Prior to joining the IACP he was an appointee of the Governor of Illinois, serving as Associate Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority (1985-1994.) Mr. Firman also serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University where he teaches the Advanced Seminar in Policing in the graduate school. Mr. Firman holds a B.A. in sociology from La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA) and an M.A. in sociology from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA).
Watch the seminar "Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research & Implications for Law Enforcement".
Joye Frost, Office for Victims of Crime
Joye Frost was appointed as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) by President Obama June 14, 2013. During her previous tenure as OVC’s Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, she launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She forged closer ties with State Victims of Crime Act administrators and championed the integration of innovation with research in OVC’s efforts to build capacity in the field. She fostered a groundbreaking partnership between OVC and the Department of Defense to strengthen support to military victims of sexual assault, and greatly expanded OVC’s work to assist victims in Indian Country. She was instrumental in the development of OVC’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Technical Assistance initiatives and spearheaded a number of OVC projects to identify and serve victims of crime with disabilities. She also implemented and oversees a discretionary grant program to fund comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.
Dr. Richard Gelles, the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Richard Gelles holds The Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director for the Center for Research on Youth & Social Policy and Co-Director of the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research. Dr. Gelles is an internationally known expert in domestic violence and child welfare. He was influential in the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. He is the author of 24 books and more than 100 articles, chapters and papers in the areas of child welfare and family violence, including
The Violent Home, which was the first systematic investigation to provide empirical data on domestic violence. He is currently in the process of co-authoring another text,
Intimate Violence and
Abuse in Families.
View Dr. Gelles's presentation with Dr. Campbell and Dr. Adams.
Dr. Peggy Giordano, Bowling Green State University
Dr. Peggy Giordano is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at Bowling Green State University. She has a longstanding interest in the different ways in which close relationships connect to crime and violent behavior. In addition to studies focusing on peer and romantic partner effects, she has examined the impact of parental criminality on adolescent behavior and well-being. As Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study of the dating relationships of a large sample of young people interviewed in adolescence and across the transition to adulthood, Giordano has explored relationship-specific risk factors for dating violence, and identified individual and social changes associated with the cessation of this form of violent behavior.
View Dr. Giordano's presentation.
Dr. Jon Gould, American University
Dr. Jon Gould is a Professor of Law, Justice and Society, and Director of the Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research at American University. His work focuses on civil rights and liberties, justice policy, and legal change, helping to make academic research relevant and accessible to policymaking. His first book,
Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation, was a co-winner of the 2006 Herbert Jacob award for the best book in law and society. His second book,
The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal Justice System, was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008 by the American Library Association. Dr. Gould holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and J.D. and M.P.P. degrees from Harvard University.
Watch the seminar "Wrongful Convictions: The Latest Scientific Research & Implications for Law Enforcement".
Bea Hanson, Office on Violence Against Women
Bea Hanson, Ph.D., is the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women. In her role, Dr. Hanson serves as the liaison between the Department of Justice and federal, state, tribal, and international governments on matters relating to violence against women. She is responsible for developing the Department’s legal and policy positions regarding the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act and oversees an annual budget over $400 million. Dr. Hanson has served as OVW’s Principal Deputy Director since May 2011.
Angela Hawken, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Dr. Angela Hawken is Associate Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. Her research interests are primarily in drugs, crime, and corruption. Dr. Hawken conducted the statewide cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, and led the randomized controlled trial of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a swift-and-certain-sanctions model to manage high-risk probationers. Dr. Hawken consults regularly for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State. She holds a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
View Dr. Hawken's presentation with Dr. Kleiman.
John Horgan, Georgia State University
Dr. John Horgan is Professor of Global Studies and Psychology at Georgia State University. He has a PhD in applied psychology and his research examines terrorist behavior, from radicalization to deradicalization. His most recent book is The Psychology of Terrorism 2nd Edition. His current research projects examine children’s involvement in the “Islamic State” movement, self-concealment in terrorist groups, pre-attack behaviors associated with lone-actor terrorists and non-ideological mass murderers, and evaluating the effectiveness of programs aimed at Countering Violent Extremism.
Michael P. Jacobson, Director, Vera Institute of Justice
Dr. Michael P. Jacobson joined the Vera Institute of Justice as its fourth director in January 2005. He is the author of
Downsizing Prisons: How to Reduce Crime and End Mass Incarceration (New York University Press 2005). A Ph.D. in sociology, he has an ongoing academic career as well as over twenty years of government service. From 1998 to 2005 he was a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
He was the New York City Correction Commissioner from 1995 to 1998. From 1992 to 1996, he was New York City's Probation Commissioner. He worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget from 1984 to 1992 where he was the Deputy Budget Director.
In October 2010 he was appointed to the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission by Chief Judge of New York State, Jonathan Lippmann.
Listen to Dr. Jacobson's presentation.
William R. King, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Program Development, Sam Houston State University
Dr. William R. King is an associate professor of criminal justice, and Associate Dean of Research and Program Development in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, in Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1998. His research focuses on the structure of police organizations and forensic crime labs, and the role of forensic analysis in criminal investigations. Between 2005 and 2009, he helped implement reforms to the forensic crime lab, national police service, and homicide bureau in Trinidad and Tobago.
View Dr. King's presentation with ATF's John Risenhoover.
David Kirk, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. David Kirk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Kirk was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland (from 2006-2009). Prior to earning his doctorate at the University of Chicago, Kirk worked at the Urban Institute. Kirk's current research explores the influence of social context and neighborhood change on behavior. One ongoing project examines the structural and cultural predictors of neighborhood violence. Kirk's recent research has appeared in
American Journal of Sociology,
American Sociological Review,
View Dr. Kirk's presentation.
Mark Kleiman, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Mark Kleiman is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Kleiman is the author of several books and co-editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Kleiman provides advice to local, state, and national governments on crime control and drug policy. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
View Dr. Kleiman's presentation with Dr. Hawken.
Edward Latessa, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Edward Latessa is the director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He is co-author of seven books including Corrections in the Community and Corrections in America. Among his many awards, Professor Latessa is the recipient of the American Society of Criminology Vollmer Award (2004), which recognizes research contributions to criminal justice policy. He is also the 2010 recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Bruce Smith Sr. Award, which recognizes leadership in criminal justice and active involvement in criminal justice research resulting in substantial contributions to the emerging body of knowledge.
View Dr. Latessa's presentation.
Janet L. Lauritsen, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Dr. Janet L. Lauritsen is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of victimization, the social and historical contexts of crime and victimization, and quantitative research methodologies. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, where she is working with data from the National Crime Victimization Survey to measure patterns and trends in repeat victimization. Her most recent publications cover topics such as long-term trends in reporting crime to the police, the relationship between changing economic conditions and violent victimization, and gender differences in risk factors for victimization as well as trends in offending. Dr. Lauritsen is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies of Science. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals including
Journal of Quantitative Criminology,
Criminology & Public Policy, and the
American Journal of Sociology.
View Dr. Lauritsen's presentation, watch an interviews.
Taryn Lindhorst, University of Washington
Dr. Taryn Lindhorst is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on violence against women, health, and policy implementation. Dr. Lindhorst is also involved in projects looking at the long-term impact of domestic violence on women's mental health, relationship violence among sexual minority youth, and policy issues related to violence against women.
View Dr. Lindhorst's presentation with Dr. Edleson.
Jens Ludwig, Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
Dr. Jens Ludwig is Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading gun policy researchers and has also published extensively about "neighborhood effects" on crime, early childhood interventions, and application of benefit-cost methods to crime policy analysis. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.
View Dr. Ludwig's presentation with Ms. Anders.
Sue Rahr, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Sue Rahr is Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the former Sheriff of King County, Washington, and a member of the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.
Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department
Charles H. Ramsey is Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, immediate past President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, immediate past President of the Police Executive Research Forum, and a member of the Harvard/NIJ Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.
John Risenhoover, Special Agent,
Special Agent John Risenhoover has served the position of NIBIN National Coordinator since August, 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the program, which includes training, strategy and management of over 150 partner sites throughout the United States.
View Agent Risvenhoover's presentation with Professor William King.
André Rosay, University of Alaska Anchorage
André Rosay, Ph.D., is the Director of the Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. From 2012 to 2016, he was a Visiting Executive Research Fellow at the National Institute of Justice. During this time, Dr. Rosay worked on the program of research on violence against Indian women living in tribal communities with NIJ staff and was the lead analyst for the study entitled
Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men based on data from CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which provides a detailed assessment of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Dennis Rosenbaum, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dennis P. Rosenbaum, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice and Director of the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the Director of the National Police Research Platform, funded by the National Institute of Justice to advance the state of knowledge and practice in American policing:
www.nationalpoliceresearch.org Exit Notice. As part of this initiative, Dr. Rosenbaum and his colleagues have developed standardized performance measures that provide the foundation for local and national benchmarks of organizational excellence.
Dr. Rosenbaum has presented twice as part of our seminar series:
Randolph Roth, The Ohio State University
Randolph Roth is a professor of History and Sociology at the Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Crime Trends. Dr. Roth is the author of American Homicide, which received the 2011 Michael J. Hindelang Award from American Society of Criminology for outstanding contribution to criminology over the previous three years, and the 2010 Allan Sharlin Memorial Prize from the Social Science History Association for outstanding book in social science history.
View Dr. Roth's presentation.
David H. Schanzer, Duke University
David H. Schanzer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University. Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer’s career in public service included positions in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Defense, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Schanzer is the lead author of two NIJ funded studies “The Challenge and Promise of Using Community Policing Strategies to Prevent Violent Extremism” (2015) and “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim Americans” (2010). He has appeared on international, national and local media analyzing counterterrorism and homeland security issues.
Lawrence Sherman, University of Pennsylvania
Lawrence Sherman is the Wolfson Professor of Criminology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.
View Dr. Sherman's presentation.
Sudha Shetty, Director, International Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota
Sudha Shetty, Esq., is Director of the International Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a Lecturer in the Institute's Masters of Public Policy Program. She speaks and writes extensively on domestic violence issues facing immigrant women and women of color.
Christopher Stone, Harvard University
Christopher Stone is the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice and the Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.
View Dr. Stones's presentation.
David Weisburd, George Mason University
Dr. David Weisburd is a Distinguished Professor of Administration of Justice at George Mason University. He also holds a joint tenured appointment as the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem, Israel. At his current appointment at George Mason University, he is the Director of the Center on Evidence-based Crime Policy. Through this appointment, he is spearheading and continuing the hot spots policing work that won him the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
View Dr. Weisburd's discussion.
Date Modified: June 2, 2016