SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS
Denise Nazaire, Ph.D.
Denise is a Research Scientist at DSG, with experience in criminal and juvenile justice research, qualitative research methodology, project management, program evaluation, and training and technical assistance. She currently serves as the Deputy Project Director on two research projects for the Department of Justice including the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) CrimeSolutions.gov as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide (MPG). Previously, she served as a Research Analyst for several OJJDP-funded projects, including: 1) Faith- and Community-Based Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance; 2) Evaluation of Safe Harbor Laws and Their Impact on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; and 3) “Smart on Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System.”
Favorite quote: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. — Nelson Mandela
Brandn Green, Ph.D.
Brandn is a Research Scientist with DSG, working on the NREPP Learning Center. Prior to DSG, he was the Director of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey for the State of Montana and a Senior Service Fellow at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His areas of specialization include community studies, social epidemiology, rural health, and sociology. Dr. Green has published widely on education, community health, and environmental topics in a number of academic journals.
Eoin Healy, Ph.D.
Eoin is a Senior Research Analyst at DSG, specializing in quantitative statistical analysis and methodology, program research and evaluation, evidence review, and best-practice dissemination. He researches evidence-based programs and develops program descriptions for the CrimeSolutions.gov database for the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. He also serves as an internal study reviewer for CrimeSolutions.gov and for the Model Programs Guide. Previously, he served as a Research Associate on the National Institute of Justice grant for the evaluation of global positioning system (GPS) parole monitoring of high-risk sex offenders in California.
Favorite quote: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Amanda has extensive expertise in evidence-based programs, program assessment, evaluation design, data collection and analysts, technical assistance, logistics, and support services. She is a senior project coordinator and research assistant for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Evaluation of Safe Harbor Laws, a coordinator for SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices, and a research analyst for OJJDP’s Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) project. She supports DSG’s TTA work, organizing materials for national trainings and conferences and conducting needs assessments and evaluations. Favorite quote: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what’s essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Jennifer Grotpeter, Ph.D.
Jennifer is a Research Scientist with 25 years of experience conducting basic and applied research on aggression, violence, and delinquency with children and youth. At DSG, she serves as a Senior Research Analyst for CrimeSolutions.gov. She is also a Senior Research Analyst for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide. She was formerly a research director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–funded National Center of Excellence: Denver Collaborative to Reduce Youth Violence. Favorite quote: We need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in. – Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa
Elizabeth Spinney, MPP
Elizabeth is DSG’s resident expert on disproportionate minority contact. She has contributed to numerous research projects, articles, and reports, and coordinated training and technical assistance for various juvenile justice, criminal justice, child welfare, and education projects. She currently serves as the Project Director for the Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System. A former volunteer for the Peace Corps, she worked with at-risk and systems-involved children through the Urban Youth Development program.
Carol Petrie is a private consultant in the criminal justice research and program development field. Throughout her more than 35-year career, she has worked in criminal justice research, statistics, program development, and public policy, including 24 years at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and 12 years at the National Research Council (NRC). Currently, she serves as a Senior Researcher for NIJ’s CrimeSolutions.gov, an online database of over 400 evidence-based programs and practices encompassing a broad range of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victims’ topics.
Chase Montagnet is a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University – Newark. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and received her Master’s Degree (with honors) in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. Her research interests include life-course criminology and community reentry, with a specific focus on how social supports and social institutions aid in desistance. She is also interested in the negative role societal stigmas may play in the desistance process. For DSG, Ms. Montagnet works as a Research Analyst for NIJ’s CrimeSolutions.gov and OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide evidence-based repositories. She synthesizes information from evaluations and meta-analyses to produce program profiles for publication, and led interviews and focus groups related to the implementation of juvenile justice interventions.