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 has served as the deputy project director on two research projects for the U.S. Department of Justice, including the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov as well as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s 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 Green is a senior research scientist with 7 years of experience developing and leading applied research programs using multiple research methods. He is a social epidemiologist, with a concentration on behavioral health in disadvantaged communities. At DSG, Dr. Green has been the lead qualitative researcher on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention–funded evaluation of safe harbor law effectiveness and the National Institute of Justice–funded study to assess the effect and quality of services to victims of serious identity theft. In each of these projects, he collected, managed, and analyzed data for interviews and focus groups with both victims and victim support professionals. At DSG and in his prior professional positions, Dr. Green’s research has used mixed-methods research approaches to examine victim services, community structures, organizational mechanisms, and health systems. He was awarded a Ph.D. in rural sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.Div. in ethics from Wake Forest University.
Before coming to DSG, Dr. Green 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. He has published widely on education, community health, and environmental topics in numerous academic journals.
Eoin Healy, Ph.D.
Eoin Healy is a senior research scientist at DSG, specializing in quantitative statistical analysis and methodology, terrorism research, program research and evaluation, risk assessment, pretrial, evidence review, and best-practice dissemination. He is a senior researcher for the Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center for the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the U.S. Department of State, where he is focused on the methodological techniques to analyze terrorist incidents and trends, and on developing quality control and coding procedures from data collection through publication. He also is currently a senior researcher for the CrimeSolutions.gov evidence-based repository of programs and practices for the National Institute of Justice (in the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice) and is the Deputy Project Director for the What Works Clearinghouse: Reviews, Reporting, Dissemination, and Development contract for the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.
Favorite quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Amanda Bobnis has served as an integral member of DSG’s Research and Evaluation Division for more than 12 years. She has worked as a research assistant for the CrimeSolutions.gov project since its inception. For that project, she researches and identifies evidence-based programs for inclusion in the database, conducts literature reviews in selected criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victimization program areas, and assists with database content development. She works as a senior project coordinator for the Model Programs Guide, researching and identifying evidence-based programs for inclusion in the program directory, reviewing literature in selected juvenile justice program areas, and writing program descriptions for the online database.
Ms. Bobnis served as a senior project coordinator and research assistant on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Evaluation of Safe Harbor Laws—laws that recognize juveniles involved in commercial sexual exploitation as victims and attempt to divert them away from the juvenile justice system. She has also served as a research assistant/project coordinator for multiple OJJDP– and National Institute of Justice–funded evaluations, for which she has been responsible for collecting data, field-testing survey instruments, and managing data. Additionally, her work collecting and maintaining survey databases and drafting quarterly updates has added to her experience with fieldwork. For DSG’s Training and Technical Assistance Division, she has aided in organizing materials for nationwide training sessions, as well as providing evaluation analysis of trainings and trainers, needs assessments, and national conferences.
She worked on a National Institute of Justice–funded study to assess the effect and quality of services provided to victims of serious identify theft. This multiphase project was designed to understand the effect and quality of services provided to victims of serious identity crime in the United States, to improve our understanding about victim experiences, and to identify the best ways of supporting victims who experience the ramifications of identity-based crime. Ms. Bobnis assisted in data collection (online surveys and in-person focus groups), survey database management, qualitative coding, qualitative analysis, and final-report writing.
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
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 and the Bureau of Justice Statistics and 12 years at the National Research Council. Currently, she serves as a senior researcher for NIJ’s CrimeSolutions.gov, an online database of more than 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.