People

Center Staff

head_wogod_whtWogod Alawlaqi is a research associate at the Research and Evaluation Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from New York City College of Technology. In the past, Wogod worked with Middle Eastern women and domestic violence at Tamkeen, a nonprofit organization. She also worked for immigration attorneys in assistant immigrants immigration procedures from Mexico and the Middle East. She wants to pursue a career in immigration and help immigrants assimilate into the American lifestyle.
head_AlexanderNicole Marie Alexander is a research associate in the Research and Evaluation Center. She graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate program in May 2014 where her areas of concentration were social problems and justice research. During her undergraduate degree she was a New York Needs You Fellow, McNair Scholar, Pinkerton Fellow and an E.L.L.A (engage lead learn act) fellow with the Sadie Nash Leadership project. Since graduating she worked on criminal justice issues at a research non-profit and she hopes to switch her focus from research to journalism.
Alsabahi_editedLaila Alsabahi is a research associate with the Research and Evaluation Center. She has worked on qualitative and quantitative research projects focusing on inter-generational conflict, IV drug users in the South Bronx, juvenile justice, and the “Stop and Frisk” experiences of middle and high school students in New York City. Laila graduated with a B.A in culture and deviance studies and a minor in gender studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in urban planning at Hunter College. Publications
head_blounthillKwan-Lamar Blount-Hill is a research fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center and a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a former police officer for the City of Charleston and a public safety officer/firefighter for the City of Cayce in South Carolina. Kwan graduated from Tuskegee University and he earned a Juris Doctor from Emory Law. He is an attorney licensed in South Carolina, New Jersey and Georgia. Publications
head_jbutts2014whiteJeffrey A. Butts is director of the Research and Evaluation Center. His work focuses on policies and programs for at-risk and disconnected youth, especially those involved with the justice system. Previously, he was a research fellow with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Oregon and he earned the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Publications
head_cobarPatricia Cobar is a research associate in the Research and Evaluation Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has extensive experience in child care and helped collect school supplies for underprivileged children in Honduras. Patricia participated in multiple running marathons to raise thousands of dollars for Autism Research.
head_delgadoSheyla Delgado is a senior research analyst and project director in the Research and Evaluation Center. Before joining the Center staff in 2013, she was a Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research. She works on projects focused on violence and leads the Center’s evaluation of Cure Violence in New York. Sheyla graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a B.A. in criminology and a B.A. in international affairs, and she earned the M.A. in criminal justice from John Jay College in 2013. Publications
richard1Richard Espinobarros is a research associate with the Research & Evaluation Center where he works on the evaluation of Cure Violence in New York City. Previously, he worked at the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Richard graduated from John Jay College with a B.A in criminology and minor in psychology.
head_peirce_whtJennifer Peirce is a Ph.D. student at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a graduate research fellow in the Research and Evaluation Center. Previously, she worked on foreign policy and international development at the Inter-American Development Bank and with the Canadian federal government. She has also worked with NGOs in Canada, Latin America, and West Africa. Jennifer holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University and a B.A. in International Development and Spanish from Dalhousie University. Publications
head_pelletier3whtEmily Pelletier is a graduate research fellow and project manager with the Research and Evaluation Center as well as an adjunct faculty member at John Jay and Brooklyn Colleges. She joined the Center in 2013 while pursuing the Ph.D. in criminal justice in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Previously, she worked at the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Maine Juvenile Justice Task Force, and the Children’s Defense Fund. Emily holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, an M.P.P.M. from the University of Southern Maine, and a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Publications
head_rramdeen2Rhoda Ramdeen is chief of operations for the Research and Evaluation Center. Prior to joining the Center staff in 2010, she was an assistant to the director of the Business and Finance Department at John Jay College. Before that, she held positions with the Nassau County (NY) Court, the New York State Assembly, and New York City’s Investigation, Revenue & Enforcement Administration. Rhoda holds a BA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she is pursuing a masters degree in public administration. Publications
head_stjohnVictor St.John is a graduate research fellow in the Research and Evaluation Center, a criminal justice Ph.D. student and an adjunct instructor in the sociology department at John Jay College. Previously, he conducted psychotherapy as a cognitive behavioral facilitator on Rikers Island in conjunction with the nation’s first test of social impact bonds. He also held direct care and supervisory positions in juvenile facilities under New York’s “Close to Home” initiative. Victor graduated with a BS in criminology from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and he earned the M.A. in criminal justice at John Jay College.
head_tasheaJason Tashea is a legal tech and criminal justice consultant for the Research and Evaluation Center. He creates tech solutions for jurisdictions around the country seeking to improve access to justice and criminal justice systems. His work has included ExpungeMaryland.org and ongoing work with the Oregon District Court’s reentry program. He received a Fulbright Grant to study juvenile justice reform in the Republic of Kosovo and worked as a policy director on criminal justice issues in Baltimore, Maryland. Jason graduated from Linfield College and holds a JD from the University of Oregon. Publications
Kathleen Tomberg is a senior research analyst, project director, and the IRB Officer (Institutional Review Board) for the Research and Evaluation Center. Previously, she worked on an evaluation of a therapeutic program for incarcerated adolescents, the creation of a youth reentry directory, and the study of sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church. Kathy is a graduate of Furman University and she earned the masters in forensic mental health counseling from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Publications

Faculty Fellows

head_evans4Douglas Evans is a visiting scholar and project director with the Research and Evaluation Center and associate professor at Mercy College in New York. His work focuses on community-based programs for offenders and the formerly incarcerated, including the Center’s collaborative project with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services on ensuring the fidelity of community programs. Doug earned the Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington. Publications
head_kazemian_wht2Lila Kazemian is a graduate of Université de Montréal in Canada, and she earned the Ph.D. in criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She joined the sociology faculty of John Jay College in 2006 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK). Her research interests include life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, offender reentry, and comparative criminology. Publications
head_koetzle_whtDeborah Koetzle is a faculty member in the Department of Public Management and the Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. Her work focuses on effective interventions for offenders, risk/need assessments, and problem-solving courts. She worked with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, for example, to develop empirically based standards for adult drug courts. Dr. Koetzle earned the Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Jeremy Porter is a professor at the City University of New York and holds appointments in multiple departments and institutes throughout CUNY, including Brooklyn College’s department of sociology as well as the Children and Youth Studies Program. He also holds an appointment as doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a faculty associate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. Publications
HungEn1b_smallHung-En Sung is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College. His work includes studies of the diversion and treatment of chronic offenders with co-occurring disorders and the therapeutic mechanisms of faith-based recovery interventions. Dr. Sung graduated from Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina and he holds a Ph.D. from University at Albany of the State University of New York. Publications
head_wolff_whtKevin Wolff is chief methodologist in the Research and Evaluation Center and a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College. His interests include the spatial patterning of crime, criminological theory, quantitative methods and juvenile justice. Another area of work focuses on factors affecting changing crime rates in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Wolff received the Ph.D. from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Publications