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About Researchers and Reviewers

Qualifications and Responsibilities

All Lead Researchers and Study Reviewers have extensive subject-matter and research methodology expertise.

Lead Researchers serve a leadership role for They had an integral role in developing the review and rating system and designing the scoring instrument. They select the studies that comprise a program’s evidence base and coordinate the review process for a given topic area. They ensure that any scoring discrepancies between Study Reviewers are resolved and consensus is achieved prior to a program being assigned a final evidence rating. Lead Researchers are experts in the following justice-related topics:

  • Crime and Crime Prevention
  • Corrections and Reentry
  • Courts
  • Drugs and Substance Abuse
  • Juveniles
  • Law Enforcement
  • Victims and Victimization

Study Reviewers are responsible for reviewing and rating the individual studies that comprise a program’s evidence base. Reviewers are assigned based on their area of expertise.

Conflict of Interest
Researchers and Reviewers agree to provide notification of any actual or apparent financial or personal conflicts of interest with programs or evaluation studies they are given to review. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to: present and past employment connections, financial interests in program materials or implementation, and conducting, authoring, or being an advisory member on any part of an evaluation study or article. If a Study Reviewer has a conflict of interest, he/she is required to inform the Lead Researcher in writing prior to beginning the study review and then may be recused from the review of that program.

Study Reviewer Certification Process Study Reviewers are subject-matter and research methodology experts who must complete training and certification prior to reviewing studies. Those interested in becoming Study Reviewers must first meet the minimum qualifications: (1) Study Reviewers must possess a Ph.D., (or other comparable advanced degree), preferably in a social science-related field of study such as sociology or criminal justice, but other fields of study will be considered; (2) Study Reviewers must be subject-matter experts and have substantial knowledge of research in at least one or more of the following seven topic areas: corrections and reentry, courts, crime and crime prevention, drugs and substance abuse, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and/or crime victims and victimization; (3) Study Reviewers must have extensive knowledge about research methodology. Potential Reviewers must be available to complete reviews up to about 5 days per year. Practitioners in the field are welcome to apply, as long as they meet the requisite education and background requirements.

In order to become a certified Study Reviewer, individuals must complete a mandatory training that orients them to the goals of, the use of the Scoring Instruments, the Program Review and Rating from Start to Finish, and the Practice Review and Rating from Start to Finish. The certification process consists of the following:

  • Review the training manual and score a sample study using the Scoring Instrument.
  • Submit the completed sample review to the Lead Researcher.
  • Participate in a training conference call in which the Lead Researcher provides an overview of the review process and Scoring Instrument and discusses the results of the sample study reviews.
  • Complete a final, full study review "homework assignment" that successfully demonstrates high inter-rater reliability with a previously certified Study Reviewer.

Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG) trains and certifies all Reviewers on behalf of the Office of Justice Programs. Researchers and Reviewers

Lead Researchers
Stephen Gies – Development Services Group, Inc.
Rob Guerette – Florida International University
Edward Latessa – University of Cincinnati
Edward Maguire – American University
Carol Petrie – Development Services Group, Inc.

Certified Study Reviewers
Todd Armstrong – Sam Houston State University
Gordon Bazemore – Florida Atlantic University
Gisela Bichler – California State University
Donna Bishop – Northeastern University
Jeff Bouffard – Sam Houston State University
Kate Bowers – University College London
Rebecca Campbell – Michigan State University
Ron Clarke – Rutgers University
Gary Cordner – Kutztown University
Nicholas Corsaro – Southern Illinois State University
Robert Crutchfield – University of Washington
Richard Dembo – University of South Florida
Laura Dugan – University of Maryland
Mark Edberg – Development Services Group, Inc.
Lynette Feder – Portland State University
William Feyerherm – Portland State University
James Frank – University of Cincinnati
Randy Gainey – Old Dominion University
Paul Goldstein – University of Illinois
Denise Gottfredson – University of Maryland
Thomas Harig – Independent consultant
Lana Harrison – University of Delaware
Eoin Healy – Development Services Group, Inc.
Justin Heinonen – Michigan State University
Jan Hill–Jordan – Independent consultant
Alex Holsinger – University of Missouri
David Huizinga – University of Colorado
Shane Johnson – University College London
Charles Katz – Arizona State University
John Klofas – Rochester Institute of Technology
Kevin Knight – Texas Christian University
Deborah Koetzle – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Charis Kubrin – University of California, Irvine
Joseph Kuhns – Independent consultant
Aaron Kupchik – University of Delaware
Shelley Listwan – University of North Carolina
Cynthia Lum – George Mason University
Edmund McGarrell – Michigan State University
Tamara Madensen – University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Douglas Marlowe – National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Kenneth Novak – University of Missouri – Kansas City
Brian Ostrom – National Center for State Courts
J. Bryan Page – University of Miami
Eugene Paoline – University of Central Florida
John Pepper – University of Virginia
Alex Piquero – University of Texas at Dallas
Judy Pokorni – Development Services Group, Inc.
Travis Pratt – Arizona State University
Leora Rosen – Independent Consultant
Richard Rosenfeld – University of Missouri
Danielle Rudes – George Mason University
William Sousa – University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Heather Strang – Cambridge University
Emily Tanner-Smith – Vanderbilt University
Faye Taxman – George Mason University
William Terrill – Michigan State University
Heather Turner – University of New Hampshire
Vince Webb – Sam Houston State University
David Weisburd – George Mason University
William Wells – Sam Houston State University
Michael White – Arizona State University
Cathy Spatz Widom – John Jay College
Jeremy Wilson – Michigan State University
Sandra Jo Wilson – Vanderbilt University
John Wooldredge – University of Cincinnati
Alissa Worden – University of Albany
John Worrall – University of Texas at Dallas
Richard Wortley – University College London
Martha Yeide – Development Services Group, Inc.
Solomon Zhao – Sam Houston State University