Research Fellows

David J. Thomas, Ph.D., LMHC

David J. Thomas, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he teaches in the Justice Studies Program. He holds Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. His research interests include: police, police/forensic psychology, serial homicide, victimology, violence, and terrorism.

Dr. Thomas served as a police officer in Michigan and in Florida, retiring from the Gainesville Police Department after 20 years of service. During his tenure as an officer, he held assignments in patrol, DUI enforcement, detectives, narcotics, training, the Community Oriented Police Team, hostage negotiation, and served as a field training officer. Training is his specialty – he has been certified to train police recruits and in-service officers for the last 29 years. He is a certified expert in the Florida courts in the use of force. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Thomas is the CEO of Police Counseling Services, LLC, where he provides consulting and counseling services to several law enforcement agencies in Florida.

Clifford Karchmer, MPA

Clifford Karchmer is a nationally recognized law enforcement research, technical assistance, and training leader. Most recently he served as Law Enforcement Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supervised state-local police outreach for the DHS State and Local Program Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “Secure Communities” program.  Prior to that, he was Director of Program Development at the Police Executive Research Forum for 19 years. Earlier, he was a Research Scientist with the Battelle Memorial Institute, specializing in white-collar and other forms of organized crime, including narcotics trafficking.  Cliff has directed over 40 projects for a broad range of government agencies and private clients.  He testified twice before the U.S. Congress and received leadership awards for program leadership from the U. S. Department of Justice and white-collar crime trainees.  He has taught law enforcement administration at American University and the University of Maryland University College and he serves on the Advisory Board of the non-profit Christian Regenhard Center for First Responder Studies–created by the parents of a NY firefighter killed on 9/11.

Cliff graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Princeton University.  He received an MA from the University of Wisconsin and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, whose website honors Cliff’s work bridging the gap between the law enforcement safety and medical disciplines on violence prevention issues.

Brenda J. Bond, Ph.D.

Brenda J. Bond is an Associate Professor of Public Service in the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.  Brenda’s area of expertise is the management and performance or police organizations. Her research and consulting centers on the structures, functions and processes that facilitate effective police organizations. She works with police leaders and researchers on organizational change and development, strategic management, and comprehensive approaches to community safety.   She has extensive experience in grantwriting, program development and evaluation, various research methodologies in assessing crime, disorder and fear of crime, analyzing the quality and utilization of crime and community data, and facilitating police organizational change and management practice.

Brenda’s current research agenda includes an emphasis on administrative systems and processes such as Compstat, Crime Analysis, and Police Research and Development practices, strategic and operational elements of hot spot policing, and the use of inter-organizational strategies in achieving public safety outcomes.  Brenda is a subject matter expert on the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative, and previously served as a research fellow at the Police Foundation.

Prior to joining Suffolk University, Brenda served as Research Associate in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  Her previous professional activities include serving as Strategic Development and Resource Advisor for the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, the Director of Research and Development for the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department and as an Evaluator and Program Manager for a variety of community-based initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Brenda received her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  She also has a Master’s degree in Social Policy from Brandeis and a Master’s Degree in Community Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Nicholas Corsaro, PhD

Dr. Nicholas Corsaro is Senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked on a vast number of state and federally funded research projects designed to improve police efficiency, effectiveness, and legitimacy. His research on prior police-led interventions that were designed to reduce crime and disorder problems can be found in Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Justice Quarterly. Nick received his B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and his PhD in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.