Graduate Alumni

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The Research and Evaluation Center has employed dozens of part-time and temporary staff members to conduct research projects. Many were Graduate Research Fellows from John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The alumni of our Graduate Research Fellowships can be found on the staff of universities and research organizations throughout the United States.

megan2014Megan O’Toole is a Ph.D. student in psychology and law at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and recently won a Vera Institute and John Jay College Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Justice Research. Previously, she was a Graduate Research Fellow in the Research and Evaluation Center. Megan is a graduate of Wheaton College.
Chunrye1b_smallIn 2017, Chunrye Kim joined the faculty of the sociology and criminal justice department at Saint Joseph’s University. From 2014 to 2016, she served as the managing editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, then housed in the Research & Evaluation Center. Chunrye graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea and she earned the Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
head_ruiz3Pamela Ruiz is a Ph.D. Student at John Jay College and a recent Fulbright Scholar studying gang violence in El Salvador. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. studies, Pam was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton working with the Department of Defense at the National Defense University. She earned a B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Chicano/Latino/a Studies and holds an M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Demography and Social Analysis from the University of California, Irvine.
Arpi Pap Studio ImagesMarissa Mandala is a research analyst with the New York City Police Department and a Ph.D. student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She graduated from the University of Southern California and holds an M.S. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Graduate Research Fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center from 2013 to 2016.
Arpi Pap Studio ImagesMaggie Schmuhl, currently a Ph.D. candidate at John Jay College, was a Graduate Fellow from 2014 to 2015. Previously, she was a research assistant with several John Jay faculty members. Maggie has taught in John Jay’s Law and Police Science and Mathematics and Computer Science departments. She holds a B.S. from the University of New Haven and an M.A. from John Jay College.
feng_headshot2014Shun Feng, Ph.D. program John Jay College, was a Graduate Research Fellow as a masters student in criminal justice at John Jay College in 2014. Previously, he was a campaign coordinator with MaryPIRG, an intern at the United States Supreme Court, and research intern at the National Research Council. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Sarah Ward was a Graduate Research Fellow in 2014-2015 as a Master’s student at John Jay studying criminal justice. Before joining the Research & Evaluation Center, she was a research assistant on several projects with John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI). Sarah holds a B.S. from Bridgewater State University and an MA from John Jay College.
head_cubellis2014Dr. Michelle Cubellis is a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University and was a Graduate Research Fellow from 2012 to 2014. From 2015-2016, she was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Massachusetts. Michelle graduated with honors in criminal justice and history at Bridgewater State College and she earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
fletcher_headshotLaTifa T. Fletcher was a Graduate Research Fellow from 2012 to 2014 as a Ph.D. student in developmental psychology at the Graduate Center of CUNY and an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College. Previously, she was a researcher at the Child Study Center at New York University and an intern in the human rights clinic with Doctors of the World USA. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and holds an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College.
head_henninger2016Dr. Alana Henninger is a research criminologist with the Center for Justice, Safety & Resilience at RTI International and was a Graduate Research Fellow in 2012-2013. Before joining RTI, she was a  researcher with ICF International and Johns Hopkins University. She currently manages multiple federally funded projects focusing on the needs of crime victims. She graduated with honors in psychology from York College of Pennsylvania and earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
peterson-bryceDr. Bryce Peterson, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, was a Graduate Research Fellow in 2012-2013. Previously, he was a research assistant at John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Institute. Bryce graduated with honors in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach, and he earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Jennifer Pipitone was a Graduate Research Fellow in 2012-2014 and a Ph.D. student in environmental psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center as well as an adjunct professor for CUNY. Jennifer graduated with honors in psychology/environmental studies from Loyola University New Orleans.
ramdath_headshot_smallDr. Cassandra Ramdath is a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation in New York and she served as a Graduate Research Fellow from 2010 to 2014. Previously, she was a probation and parole officer in Canada. She graduated from the University of Ottawa and earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
yoonDr. Seokhee Yoon is an analyst for Citibank after serving as a Graduate Research Fellow in 2010 when she worked with the Youth and Family Justice Division of the New York City Administration for Children Services. Ms. Yoon is a graduate of Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea and she holds a masters degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.
jackson_headshotTarra Jackson was a Graduate Research Fellow from 2008 to 2010. She worked on a range of projects, including an evaluation of case processing for domestic violence cases and technical assistance efforts for the Police Athletic League’s Youth Link program. Tarra graduated from Howard University and she earned a masters degree in criminal justice from John Jay College.
ACantoraDr. Andrea Cantora is a faculty member at the University of Baltimore and was a Graduate Research Fellow as a CUNY Ph.D. student before serving as a research associate in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice. She graduated from Seton Hall University and earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center.
gipsyDr. Gipsy Escobar is the director of research and analytics at Measures for Justice. She was a Graduate Fellow in the Research & Evaluation Center before joining the criminal justice faculty at Loyola University of Chicago. She is a graduate of Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and she earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the Graduate Center of CUNY.
fisherDr. Chris Fisher is chief strategic advisor at the Seattle Police Department. He was a Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. student at John Jay before becoming an assistant commissioner at the New York City Police Department and later the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. He graduated from the University of Virginia and received the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the Graduate Center of CUNY.
saunders_headshotDr. Jessica Saunders is a research analyst at the Center for Naval Intelligence and was a Graduate Fellow and Ph.D. student at CUNY. Previously with the RAND Corporation and a faculty member at Arizona State University, she graduated from Oberlin College and earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.