Sarah Cusworth Walker, PhD

Co-Director

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

Co-Director

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

Co-Director

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.