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Karen L. Amendola, PhD

Chief Behavioral Scientist


Karen L. Amendola has 20 years of experience in public safety testing, training, research, technology, and assessment.  With the Police Foundation for almost 20 years, Dr. Amendola currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Scientist.  Amendola earned both her Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.  Karen has worked with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies. Dr. Amendola is Associate Editor for Psychology and Law for the just released ten-volume Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice published by Springer Verlag, New York. 

In addition, Dr. Amendola is the lead investigator of a study of eyewitness identification case outcomes.  With her colleagues, Amendola’s most recent work “An experimental study of compressed work schedules in policing: advantages and disadvantages of various shift lengths” was recently published in the esteemed Journal of Experimental Criminology and was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Field Trial by the Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (a synopsis of the Shift Length Experiment is available online).

Karen is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Psychological Association, American Society of Criminology, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and served over five years on the Scientific Review Committee of the National Center for Credibility Assessment (at the time called the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute). 

Most recently Karen served as Chair of the National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, and is currently a member of research advisory board of the Innocence Project in New York.

Areas of Expertise

  • Shift scheduling practices
  • Officer Safety, Health, and Wellness 
  • Evaluation of Evidence 
  • Eyewitness Identification Procedures
  • Organizational Culture
  • Applied Psychology in Policing
  • Performance Measurement
  • Psychology and Law

Curriculum Vitae