Maria Valdovinos Olson

Maria Valdovinos Olson, M.A.

Senior Research Associate

Research Division


Ms. Valdovinos Olson is a Senior Research Associate for the Police Foundation, where she works on a portfolio of projects in policing, corrections, and prisoner reentry. She is an experienced researcher and project manager working to advance a diverse portfolio of federally and privately funded, multi-year research projects and initiatives across support, management, and leadership capacities. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Valdovinos Olson is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology.


Han, S., Valdovinos Olson, M., & Davis, R. Reducing recidivism through restorative justice: An evaluation of Bridges to Life in Dallas. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 60(7), 444-463.

Amendola, K., Valdovinos Olson, M., Grieco, J., & Robbins, T. (2021). Development of a work-family conflict scale for spouses or partners of police officers. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 44(2), 275-290.

Valdovinos Olson, M. & Amendola, K.L. (2019). Promoting health, safety, and wellness in Los Angeles County jails: A process evaluation of gender responsive programing for incarcerated women. Women & Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1080/08974454.2019.1700874

Areas of Focus

  • Safety, health, and wellness issues in the criminal justice system
  • Police organizations
  • Procedural justice & police legitimacy
  • Harm reduction and alternatives to justice involvement
  • Recidivism and collateral consequences
  • Re-entry programming and policy

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