People

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Hannah Adler is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and a Ph.D. student in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include Chinese-American law enforcement cooperation and educational reform. Hannah received her B.A. in Chinese and M.S. in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Laila Alsabahi is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and a college assistant in the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 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 is pursuing a bachelors degree in culture and deviance studies and a minor in gender studies from John Jay College.

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Justice Banks is a supervising research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center, where he works on gun violence reduction projects. He is a seasoned care provider for Citiwiide harm reduction and he has over 25 years of experience working with non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting underserved populations, including people with drug dependency issues, HIV-AIDS, and youth involved with the criminal justice system. Justice received a masters in social administration from the University of Chicago.

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Jeffrey A. Butts is the director of the Research & 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, director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and senior research associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Oregon and he earned the Ph.D. in sociology and social work from the University of Michigan.

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Sheyla Delgado is a research analyst and project director in the Research & Evaluation Center. During 2012-2013, she was a Rudin Fellow in Applied Justice Research. She is interested in working with vulnerable hard to reach populations, including justice-involved youth, and she is currently working on research projects focused on efforts to reduce 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 earned the M.A. in criminal justice from John Jay College in 2013.

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Leonardo Dominguez is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and the anthropology department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a participant navigator at the Boom!Health Harm Reduction Center. Leonardo has participated in a variety of research projects all having in common a focus on hard-to-reach populations, including sex workers, forced marriages, and injection drug users. Leonardo graduated with honors from John Jay College with a B.A. in political science and a minor in anthropology.

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Josh Eichenbaum is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His research interests include resident perceptions of crime and drug use, neighborhood change, mechanisms of informal social control, network analysis, and visual ethnography. Josh received both his B.A. and M.A. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Evan Elkin is a consultant with the Research & Evaluation Center as well as a treatment fellow with Reclaiming Futures, a non-profit organization that disseminates best-practice treatment strategies to juvenile courts throughout the U.S. Previously, he was director of planning and government innovation and a member of the senior management team for the Vera Institute of Justice, overseeing work in the areas of child welfare and justice and developing Vera’s acclaimed Adolescent Portable Therapy program. Evan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and he holds a masters in clinical psychology from New York University.

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Douglas Evans is a visiting scholar and project director with the Research & Evaluation Center and a faculty member at Mercy College in New York. His work focuses on community-based programs for offenders and the formerly incarcerated, including the R&E Center’s collaborative project on redemptive criminal justice policies being conducted with Justice Fellowship. Doug earned the Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Marissa Mandala is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and a Ph.D. student at John Jay College. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked as an office manager/legal assistant with a Los Angeles law firm. Marissa graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major in international relations and political science and a minor in forensics and criminality. She earned a masters in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

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Evan Misshula is a statistical analyst with the Research & Evaluation Center. His work focuses on establishing causality with empirical data. He has published work on the impact of incarceration on HIV transmission, the structure of methamphetamine markets in New York City, and social position and the risk for suicide. His work has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Cyberchallenge, and the Steve and Elly Hammerman Foundation. Evan is a graduate of Yale University and a Ph.D. candidate at John Jay College and the City University of New York.

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Laura Negredo is a consultant with the Research and Evaluation Center. A native of Spain, she was a correctional psychologist in several national prisons and was the Head of National Probation Services in Spain from 2008 to 2011. Laura earned a Masters in Clinical, Legal, and Forensic Psychology from the Complutense University in Madrid, a Masters in Forensic and Criminal Psychopathology from the Camilo Jose Cela University in Madrid, and a Masters from the International Crime and Justice program at John Jay College.

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Clarence Nell-Colon is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He is also assistant director for the Midwood Development Corporation, an organization that focuses on aiding low-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn with child educational after school programs. His interests include the improvement of the New York education system through facilitating avenues of communication between communities and the Department of education. Clarence is pursuing a bachelors degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Rhoda Ramdeen is chief of operations at 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. Ms. Ramdeen holds a BA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she is currently pursuing a masters degree in public administration.

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Yeireline Rodriguez is a research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and the anthropology department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Previously, she was the executive assistant to the CFO of Boom!Health Harm Reduction Center and the supervisor of field investigations for Ports and Files, Inc. Her investigative skills have led her to work on over 200 homicides in the state of NY. Her interests include working with non-profit organizations to help minimize violence and drug overdose through education. Yeireline graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in forensic psychology and a minor in anthropology.

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Efram Thompson is a supervising research associate in the Research & Evaluation Center and the Center for Court Innovation in New York City. Previously, he was a research associate with the National Development and Research Institute, the New York City Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control. He specializes in urban research on hidden, stigmatized, vulnerable, and socio-economically subordinate populations. Efram graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in psychology.

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Kathleen Tomberg is a research analyst, project director, and IRB Officer (Institutional Review Board) for the Research & 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.