Sarah Cusworth Walker, PhD


Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Dr. Walker has been the principal investigator of over twenty research studies focused on juvenile justice reform from NIH, private foundation funding and research contracts with the Office of Justice Programs and local governments. Dr. Walker received a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Champion for Change Award for her work in investigating how to make evidence-based programming locally and culturally credible.


Carl McCurley, PhD


Carl MCurley, Ph.D., is the Director of the Washington State Center for Court Research. Dr. McCurley directs the research portfolio of the Administrative Office of the Courts spanning all facets of court administration and programming. Dr. McCurley has extensive experience in public administration, justice administration, public policy and program development.  Dr. McCurley received a MacArthur Foundation Champion for Change award in 2011 for developing an integrated, statewide databases for performance monitoring and research.


Jerald R. Herting, PhD


Dr. Jerald R. Herting is a Professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Sociology.  He has over 20 years of experience in NIH, CDC and other supported research primarily in adolescent health and mental health promotion and drug use prevention program development and research.  Dr. Herting has long standing interest in research methodology and the application of social science methods to evaluation of prevention programs and implementation science.  His research includes work with schools and government agencies to facilitate use of administrative data, the implementation of programs, and evaluation of outcomes.  Dr. Herting is currently the Director for the Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) and is an affiliate member of the Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the University of Washington.


Zachary Hamilton, PhD


Dr. Zachary Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University and the Director of Washington State Institute of Criminal Justice (WSICJ). Acting as either Principal Investigator, his work has resulted in over $2 million in funded projects in the last three years. Projects have included localized evaluations of interventions and policies to the development and implementation of two nationally renowned risk-need assessment systems (the STRONG-R and M-PACT) both of which are currently in the process of implementation in Washington State for both juvenile and adult offenders. His work has culminated in over 30 peer reviewed publications and national recognition in the field.


Jacqueline van Wormer, PhD


Jacqueline van Wormer is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Whitworth University.  Prior to this appointment, she served as the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Administrator, as well as an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.   Dr. van Wormer has held various positions in the criminal justice field, including serving as the MacArthur Foundation Coordinator for the Benton/Franklin Counties Juvenile Court, Intervention Services Manager, Probation Supervisor and Coordinator for both the Adult and Juvenile Drug programs in Benton/Franklin Counties.  Dr. van Wormer is a faculty member for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Drug Court Institute, and the National Institute of Corrections. Current areas of study and research focus on measuring implementation challenges in the use of evidence-based practices, bail and pretrial justice reform, juvenile justice trends, interagency collaborative partnership “drift” within court models, and improving predictive validity of risk/need tools. Dr. van Wormer received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Washington State University.


Amanda Gilman, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Amanda joined the Center staff in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate at the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Her previous research experience includes working as a Senior Research Associate at the National Gang Center and a Pre-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington Social Development Research Group. Her community practice experience includes working as a Project Assistant at the San Bernardino Mayor's Office focusing on juvenile justice reform and community gang prevention. She holds a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, an M.S.W. from Loma Linda University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her research interests include the role of detention in the juvenile justice system (including detention alternatives), evidence-based practice, and youth gang prevention.

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Noah Gubner, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Noah joined the SAJE Center in 2019 as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Before coming to the SAJE, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Training Program. Noah’s prior work examined behavioral and pharmacological factors underlying the co-use of tobacco and alcohol. This includes research on tobacco use and utilization of tobacco cessation services among individuals in substance use disorder treatment. Noah holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University.


Andrew Peterson, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Andrew joined the SAJE Center in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate at the  Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Prior to coming to SAJE and WSCCR, he worked as a Research Associate for the United States Sentencing Commission where he was involved in a variety of research projects, including: crack cocaine offender recidivism, child pornography offending and sentencing, and supervision revocations and modifications. Andrew has also published his own research on case studies of white collar crime. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, and a PhD. In Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine.


Arina Gertseva, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Arina joined the Center in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate at the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Dr. Gertseva’s work focuses on adolescents and the special needs of girls involved in the juvenile justice system. She provides ongoing reporting to courts on utilization and outcomes of community- and evidence-based interventions for youth supervised by juvenile probation. Dr. Gertseva leads the strategic development and implementation of a series of longitudinal data analyses sponsored by the Education Research Data Center (ERDC) examining the impact of court involvement (such as being petitioned to court, being sentenced, or being admitted to juvenile detention) on education-related outcomes in adolescence and early adulthood. Last year, Dr. Gertseva received a fellowship to join Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to engage with communities to work on systemic change to improve health and health equity. Arina holds a PhD in Sociology from Washington State University and a M.Sc. in Applied Sociology from Clemson University. Prior joining the WSCCR, Dr. Gertseva served as a Principal Investigator at the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). 


Alex Kigerl, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Alex Kigerl, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University and a Data Scientist at the Washington Institute for Criminal Justice (WSICJ).  His role involves providing support for the department’s varying projects involving the use of machine learning, algorithm design, statistical programming, distributed computing, and data warehousing.  Dr. Kigerl’s research focuses on both risk assessment development and cybercrime, primarily examining the impact of the legal and economic determinants of cybercrime as well as cybercriminal profiling.


Matthew Orme, MFA

Senior Research Associate

Matt joined the SAJE Center in 2017 as a Senior Research Associate at the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Prior to joining SAJE and WSCCR, he worked as the Data Resources Manager for Partners for Our Children at the University of Washington. Matt has worked for more than 16 years as a specialist with DSHS's Children's Administration, most recently as a program manager and database and technical administrator. In his capacity as Senior Research Associate, Matt uses administrative data to evaluate outcomes and provide performance tracking for children in the dependency courts and child welfare systems. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and fine arts from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Fine Arts in theater arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Lindsey Weil, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey joined the SAJE Center in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to coming to the SAJE Center, Lindsey completed her doctoral clinical internship at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Lindsey’s prior work examined access to mental and behavioral health services among youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, placement stability and permanency, and meaningful use of trauma assessment. Lindsey received a Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant and a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being to support her dissertation work. Lindsey holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.


Kristin Vick, MPA

Research Coordinator

Kristin joined the SAJE Center in 2018 as a Research Coordinator at the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has worked directly with incarcerated individuals, those in re-entry, and those with substance use disorders in a number of roles over the last eight years. Notable roles include working as a Research Assistant at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington, the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, and the Social Perception Lab at Rutgers University. She also served as a Policy Fellow and Tenant Advocate at MFY Legal Services in New York City where she worked on issues related to predatory low income sober homes. Kristin holds an M.P.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration as well a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.


Rachael Sanford

Research Assistant

Rachael joined the Center in 2017 as a Research Assistant at the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR). Rachael has been an Administrative Assistant with the State of Washington for over ten years and previously worked for the Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington Military Department. She holds a B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences from the University of Washington. 


Emi Gilbert, BS

Research Assistant

Emi completed her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Washington in 2017 with a major in Psychology. During her undergraduate education, she served as a research assistant for the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) for two years, participating in research projects on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE). She also has experience working as an administrative assistant in a children’s mental health clinic, and volunteering for research projects in youth suicidality. She joined the SAJE center in 2018 as a Research Intern with hopes to further her education in mental health interventions for youth. In 2019, her position changed to Research Assistant. Emi plans on applying to Clinical Psychology graduate programs in the future, with a focus in adolescent mental health treatment.


Wei Wang, MSPH

Systems Integrator

Wei joined the Center staff in 2017 as a Systems Integrator at the Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR) and provides data support for the Center programs. Previously, Wei was a Research Associate focusing on data management and statistical analysis for clinical trials and other medical research activities at the Medical University of South Carolina. Wei holds a B.S. in Math from Beijing Normal University, China and a M.S.P.H. in Biostatistics from the University of South Florida.


Asia Bishop, MSW

Doctoral Student

Asia Bishop, MSW, is a doctoral student and Predoctoral Research Associate in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Policy Practice. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she was a Research Analyst Lead in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. In this role, she worked on several projects related to juvenile justice systems reform for at-risk and incarcerated youth in Washington State. Her work has largely focused on policy and program development, implementation and evaluation. Her research interests focus on issues broadly relevant to juvenile justice systems reform, with specific emphases on understanding the mechanisms that result in systems involvement, juvenile offending behavior, gang membership, racial/ethnic disparities, identifying and addressing treatment needs using best practices, and research and policy efforts to promote community-based alternatives to incarceration. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of residential therapeutic environments on institutional behavior and recidivism.


Kate O’Neill, MSc

Doctoral Student

Kate K. O’Neill is a sociology PhD candidate at the University of Washington (UW) with concentrations in crime, gender, and juvenile delinquency. During her time at UW, Kate has worked on research projects for the National Institute of Justice and the Seattle Neighborhood Crime Survey, and recently completed her MA thesis on gender differences in empathic development and juvenile delinquency. In addition to her current affiliation with UW, Kate acquired an MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2010 with a declared specialization in human rights.


Lars Almquist, MA

Doctoral Student

Lars joined the SAJE Center in 2019 and is currently a 2nd-year PhD student in the UW School of Public Health, Department of Health Services. His research interests lie at the intersection of community violence and public health, with an emphasis on engaging firearm violence as a determinant of individual and population health. Additional interests include the utilization of public health interventions to strengthen community resilience, reduce retaliatory violence, enhance criminal justice reforms, and support refugee recovery from trauma. Lars holds an M.A. In Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego, as well as a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.


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Matthew Hsieh

Matthew Hsieh is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology at the University of Washington. Currently a senior undergraduate student, Matthew plans on applying for Clinical psychology graduate programs in the future with an interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment of depression and anxiety.

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Krunal Patel

Hi! I'm Krunal. Currently, I work as a software engineer at Qualtrics but I'm looking to make a career change. Most of my research and work experience is computer science related -- including some interesting machine learning projects on skateboard trick detection and image recognition. I joined SAJE earlier this year to learn about behavioral health and help decide if going to graduate school in a related field is the right fit for me. Outside of work, I like snowboarding, climbing, reading, and performing improv. 


Sam Findlay

Sam is a Senior Undergraduate student at the University of Washington, studying Psychology. He joined SAJE in September 2018 as a Research Assistant Intern. He has helped with a number of studies that SAJE is working on. He is interested in the correlation between self-efficacy and illegal behavior in teens. Sam will be conducting an undergraduate research project sponsored by SAJE, with another intern.


Damaris Duduman

Damaris is a Senior Undergraduate student at the University of Washington. She's earned an Associates degree in Computer Science from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, an Associates degree in Integrated Studies from Cascadia College, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her interests in undergraduate research involve youth in the juvenile justice system, particularly the influence of self-efficacy on probation violations.