Current and Former Fellows

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program at the Research and Evaluation Center allows the faculty, researchers, and students of John Jay College to conduct research projects on the operations and effectiveness of justice systems in New York City. The fellowships are made possible by the generous support of private funders, including the Pinkerton Foundation, the Rachel and Lewis Rudin Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and Mr. Jack Rudin. Since 2012, the efforts of the Graduate Research Fellows in the R&E Center have been organized as the Evidence Generation initiative.

2013

 

Chunrye Kim is a Lewis Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research at the Research and Evaluation Center and a second year student in the Ph.D. program in criminal justice at John Jay College. Her research interests are juvenile justice, domestic violence, sex crime, crime policy, and crime & media. Chunrye graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea and she earned an MA in criminology from John Jay College.

 

Emily Pelletier is a Lewis Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research at the Research and Evaluation Center and a second year student in the Ph.D. program in criminal justice at John Jay College. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at the National Juvenile Defender Center, a graduate assistant for the Maine Juvenile Justice Task Force, and a legal intern at 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. in comparative literature and American studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

2012

Michelle Cubellis has been a Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center since 2012. She is a Ph.D. student at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Previously, she was a research assistant to Dr. Karen Terry of John Jay College and helped to update the book, Sexual Offenders and Offenses: Theory, Practice, and Policy. Michelle graduated with honors with a BS in Criminal Justice and History from Bridgewater State College.

Sheyla Delgado was a Lewis Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research at the Research and Evaluation Center in 2012-2013 as a second year student in the M.A. program in criminal justice at John Jay College, specializing in criminology & deviance. In June 2013, she joined the research staff at the Research & Evaluation Center, working on projects related to gun violence. Sheyla graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in International Affairs and she holds a M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

LaTifa T. Fletcher was named a Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center in 2012. She is a Ph.D. student in developmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York 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. Tia is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and she earned the MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Alana Henninger was a Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center in 2012-2013 as a doctoral student in criminal justice at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Before entering the doctoral program, she worked on substance abuse studies at Johns Hopkins University. She also worked with victims of human trafficking in Turin, Italy, and did policy research pertaining to human trafficking at the Protection Project in Washington, D.C. Alana graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a BS in psychology and holds an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College.

Bryce Peterson is a research associate with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and he was a 2012-2013 Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center. 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 is currently a Ph.D. student at John Jay College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

Jennifer Pipitone was a Lewis Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research at the Research and Evaluation Center in 2012-2013 and she was named a Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow in 2013-2014. She is a Ph.D. student in envrionmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an adjunct professor for CUNY. She is also collaborating with Bank Street College of Education’s Liberty LEADS after-school program for underrepresented NYC youth, working on research and curriculum development for the “Green Summer School” study abroad initiative in Germany. Jennifer graduated with honors in psychology/environmental studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

2011

Ginny Chan was awarded a Lewis Rudin Fellowship in 2011. She worked with the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College and with the New York City Department of Probation as a Ph.D. student in the Forensic Psychology (Clinical track) program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Originally from Singapore, she moved to New York City in 2010 after working on research with the Singapore Prisons Service and in the Psychological Assessment and Research Branch, Ministry of Education in Singapore. Ginny graduated with honors in psychology from the National University of Singapore.

2010

Cassandra Ramdath was named as a Lewis Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research with the Research and Evaluation Center beginning in 2010 and she was named a Pinkerton Graduate Research Fellow in 2013-2014. Previously, she was a probation and parole officer in Canada and conducted qualitative research on potential factors of miscarriages of justice in Australia. Cassandra was born in Toronto, Canada, and graduated with a bachelors in social science with honors and a double major in criminology and psychology from the University of Ottawa. She earned the MA criminology at Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

Seokhee Yoon was awarded a Lewis Rudin Fellowship in 2010. As part of her Fellowship, she worked with the Youth and Family Justice Division of the New York City Administration for Children Services. She taught Ph.D.-level statistics and research methods at the undergraduate level and conducted research on the reasons why victims do not report to the police. 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.

2008

Tarra Jackson was a Lewis Rudin Fellow at the Research and Evaluation Center from 2008 to 2010. She worked on a range of projects, including an evaluation of case processing for domestic violence cases, the Center’s evaluation of the Institute of Inner Development (IID), and technical assistance efforts for the Police Athletic League’s Youth Link program. Tarra graduated from Howard University in 2006 with a bachelors in psychology and she earned a masters degree in criminal justice from John Jay College in 2010.

2007

Dr. Andrea Cantora is on the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. Previously, she was a research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. She worked at the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College from 2007 to 2010 and was principally involved in two projects: the Evaluation of the Collaborative Family Initiative (CFI) and the Evaluation of the Institute of Inner Development (IID). Andrea holds a BA in criminal justice and psychology from Seton Hall University and an MA in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned the Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

2006

Jane Grabias is a program officer at Eisenhower Fellowships in Philadelphia. She was a Rudin Fellow at the Research and Evaluation Center in 2006-2007 when she worked on a study of the problems faced by adolescents with mental health problems who were involved in the juvenile justice system as well as a project related to neighborhood disorganization on Staten Island. Her research interests include international justice sector reform, U.S. drug policy in Mexico and Colombia, political violence, immigration and crime. Jane is a graduate of Swarthmore College and earned the masters degree in public administration (MPA) from Columbia University.

2005

Dr. Gipsy Escobar is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Loyola University of Chicago. She was a Lewis Rudin Fellow and senior research assistant at the John Jay College Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center from 2005 to 2008, when she worked on studies of case processing for domestic violence cases in New York City, sex offenses in New York State, and the evaluation of the Collaborative Family Initiative (CFI). Gipsy received a B.A. in political science from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia), an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and she earned the Ph.D. from John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Chris Fisher is Assistant Commissioner for Research and Planning at the New York City Police Department. Prior to joining the police department, he served as an Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Probation Department and before that the Administration for Children’s Service. Chris worked at the John Jay Research and Evaluation Center from 2005 through 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a bachelors in psychology. He received a masters from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Jessica Saunders is Social/Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Prior to joining RAND, she was an assistant professor at Arizona State University and a researcher with the American Institutes for Research. Previously, she was a Lewis Rudin Fellow and an applied policy researcher with the Research and Evaluation Center, where she worked on an evaluation of the the RIKERS Island discharge planning process and the effectiveness of the jail-based re-entry program. Jessica is a graduate of Oberlin College and she earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.