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:

Portrait of David Adams 

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.

Portrait of Roseanna Ander

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.

Portrait of Greg Berman

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.

Portrait of Anthony Braga

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.​

Portrait of Jackie Campbell

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.

Portrait of Rebecca Campbell

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.

Portrait of Redonna Chandler

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.

Portrait of Phillip Cook

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.

Portrait of Scott Decker

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 Criminology. View Dr. Decker's presentation.

Portrait of Deputy Chief Michael Downing

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.

Portrait of Felton Earls

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.

Portrait of Jeffrey Edleson

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.

Portrait of John Firman

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".

Portrait of Richard Gelles

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.

Portrait of Peggy Giorano

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.

Portrait of Jon Gould

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".

Portrait of Angela Hawken

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.

Portrait of John Horgan

John Horgan, Georgia State University

Dr. John Hor​gan 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.

Portrait of Michael Jacobson

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.

Portrait of William King

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.

Portrait of Daivd Kirk

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, Demography, and Criminology. View Dr. Kirk's presentation.

Portrait of Mark Kleiman

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.

Portrait of Edward Latessa

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.

Portrait of Janet L. Lauritsen

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 Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, and the American Journal of Sociology. View Dr. Lauritsen's presentation, watch an interviews.

Portrait of Taryn Lindhorst

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.

Portrait of Jens Ludwig

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.

Portrait of Sue Rahr

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.

Portrait of Charles H. Ramsey

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.

Portrait of John Risenhoover

John Risenhoover, Special Agent, ATF

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.

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.

Portrait of David H. Schanzer

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.

Portrait of Lawrence Sherman

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.

Portrait of Suhda Shetty

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.

Portrait of Christopher Stone

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 Orga​nizations at Harvard University. View Dr. Stones's presentation.

Portrait of David Weisburd

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: February 23, 2016​