Projects and Grants

GRANT-FUNDED PROJECTS (2011 – Present)

Plea Bargaining: Court Observations & Interviews in Two Upstate NY Counties (2016 – Present)
Position
: Sole/Lead Researcher
Funding Agency
: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant’s Project Title: Rationales Underlying and Shaping Plea Decision-Making
PI: Reveka V. Shteynberg (University at Albany, SUNY); Faculty Co-PI: Alissa Pollitz Worden (University at Albany, SUNY)

Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA) Project (2015 – Present)
Position
: Senior Research Assistant & Research Intern Supervisor,  Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center, University at Albany, SUNY
Funding Agency: The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Grant’s Project Title: “Early Intervention by Counsel: A Multi-Site Evaluation of the Presence of Counsel at a Defendants First Appearance in Court” 
PI: Dr. Alissa Pollitz Worden (University at Albany, SUNY); Co-PI: Dr. Andrew L.B. Davies (New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services).

The Westchester County Family Court Assigned Counsel Plan Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study (2017 – Present)
Position:
Research Analyst, The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety
Funding Agency
: The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services through a grant to the Westchester Legal Aid Society
Grant’s Project Title
: Westchester Legal Aid
PI:
Alissa Pollitz Worden (The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety)

Police Interactions with Victims of Violence (2018 – Present)
Position: Research Analyst, The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety
Funding Agency: The National Institute of Justice
Grant’s Project Title: Police Interactions with Victims of Violence
PI: Dr. Robert E. Worden and Dr. Sarah J. McLean (The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety)

Supervisory Coaching, Body Worn Cameras, and Police Performance (2018 – Present)
Position: Research Analyst, The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety
Funding Agency: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Grant’s Project Title: Supervisory Coaching of Law Enforcement Project
PI: Dr. Robert E. Worden and Dr. Sarah J. McLean (The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety)

Yes Means Yes: The Practicality of University-Based Affirmative Consent Legislation (2015)
Position: Lead/Sole Researcher
Funding Agency: Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund Award, University at Albany, SUNY
Grant Project Title: Yes Means Yes: The Practicality of University-Based Affirmative Consent Legislation
PI: Reveka V. Shteynberg

Understanding Guilty Pleas (2014)
Position: Graduate Research Assistant, University at Albany, SUNY
Funding Agency: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant’s Project Title: Research Coordination Network (RCN): Understanding Guilty Pleas
PI: Dr. Shawn D. Bushway (University at Albany, SUNY) & Co-PIs: Dr. Allison D. Redlich (George Mason University), Dr. Brian D. Johnson (University of Maryland – College Park), Dr. Anne M. Piehl (Rutgers University)

Juvenile and Young Adult Plea Decision-Making (2011 – 2014)
Position: Graduate Research Assistant and Research Intern Supervisor
Funding Agency: The National Science Foundation (NSF)
Grant’s Project Title: Creating and Transferring Knowledge on Guilty Pleas 
PI: Dr. Allison D. Redlich (University at Albany, SUNY)

CONSULTING

Cayuga County’s Proposal for the Second Counsel at First Appearance Grant (2017)
Position: Grant-Writer and CAFA Consultant
Client: Cayuga County Assigned Counsel Program
Duties
: Assisted with designing the delivery of CAFA, calculated the budget, drafted the grant application
RFP Funding Agency:
 NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
Amount Requested: $651,156.30 (full amount awarded)

Stereotypes and Deadly Force Decision-Making by Law Enforcement (2014)
Position: Research Consultant
Client: Dr. Mark Chaires (Former Schenectady County Chief of Police)
Duties: Research design consultation; participant recruitment; demonstrating proper firearm equipment use to lay citizen participants; setting up and running research study utilizing Firearm Training Simulation (FATS) equipment

ADDITIONAL POSITIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Research Lab Project Director, Modeling Decision-Making in the Legal System (MoDiLS) Lab, University at Albany, SUNY (2011-2014)
Principal Supervisor: Dr. Allison D. Redlich (University at Albany, SUNY)

Research Analyst, Control Risks Group, Los Angeles, CA (Securities and Investigation Firm) (2011)

Research Assistant/Intern, Hennington & Associates, Beverly Hills, CA (Trial and Jury Consultation Division & Diversity and Leadership Consultation Division) (2010)