Karen Amendola, Ph.D.

Karen L. Amendola has over two decades of experience in public safety research, testing, training, technology, and assessment. With the Police Foundation for over 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, as well as an M.A. in Human Resources Management from Webster University. Karen has worked with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies. Dr. Amendola was Associate Editor for Psychology and Law for the ten-volume Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice published by Springer Verlag, New York (2014).

In addition, Dr. Amendola was the lead investigator of a study of eyewitness identification case outcomes. A series of articles on that research and it’s outcomes were publishied in the esteemed Journal of Experimental Criminology (Amendola & Wixted, June, 2015). With her colleagues, Amendola’s recent work “An experimental study of compressed work schedules in policing: advantages and disadvantages of various shift lengths” was also published in the 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).
Dr. Amendola 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 as a member of the research advisory board of the Innocence Project in New York.

Areas of Expertise:

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

Curriculum Vitae


Amber Askey, Ph.D.

Amber Perenzin Askey is a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, Amber worked as a research assistant in Temple University’s Center for Security and Crime Science for 6 years. At the Center, she supported a number of federally funded research projects in the areas of crime prediction, policing tactics and crime analysis.

Amber recently completed her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Temple University. Her dissertation compared a number of indicators that are used to study gangs from a spatial perspective. She holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Crime Analysis from the University of Central Florida and a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University.



Breanne Cave, Ph.D.

Breanne Cave is a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation. She has worked on a number of federally funded research projects on police technology, homeland security, and public health and safety. Her research on policing, crime and place, and homeland security issues can be found in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, and Police Policy and Research: An International Journal, as well as in edited volumes on crime and place and counter-terrorism. Breanne received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and M.A. in Justice Administration from Norwich University. She will receive her PhD in Criminology, Law & Society from George Mason University in Spring 2016.


Rob Davis

Robert C. Davis is the Police Foundation’s Chief Social Scientist. He has 30 years of experience in criminal justice research and evaluation, and was the Foundation’s research director from 2003-2006. Davis returned to the Foundation after working as a senior research associate at the Rand Corporation and as research director for the Police Executive Research Forum.

Davis has directed more than 35 projects on victimization, domestic violence, policing, crime prevention, immigration, courts, prosecution, and parolee reentry for federal and state governments, and private foundations. He has led projects with some of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies.

At the Police Executive Research Forum and the Rand Corporation, Davis led research projects spanning areas from victimization to policing to transitional security. Projects included assessing factors that affect the solvability of homicide and sexual assault cold cases, conducting a national evaluation of victim’s rights clinics, identifying successful strategies to promote sustainability of justice reform programs, and creating a leadership training institute for the Dallas Police Department. He completed projects on subjects ranging from a review of international best practices in police performance measurement to an assessment of how to best oversee police in the nation of Liberia.

While research director with the Police Foundation, Davis led a project assessing the preparedness of retail shopping malls to a potential terrorist attack, and a review of the effect of intervention efforts in preventing a repeat of domestic violence.

He was a senior research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York from 1998-2003. He led a project for the New York Police Department that surveyed more than 5,000 citizens each month in order to develop measures of citizen satisfaction with police interactions that could be used to hold precinct commanders accountable for service to the public. An expert in victims’ rights issues, Davis worked in a series of positions serving victims for nearly 20 years at the Vera Institute, for New York City, and for the American Bar Association.

He is the editor of the widely used book Victims of Crime, which is in its fourth edition. He has authored two books on crime prevention, is the editor of six books on crime prevention and victimization, and is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.

Davis received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin.


Julie Grieco, Ph.D.

Julie Grieco is a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation. Her research interests include the individual determinants of adoption of evidence-based practices, public opinion of the police, and the translation of research knowledge for everyday use by practitioners. Julie received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2007 and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University in Summer 2016.

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Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson joined the Police Foundation in 2017 as a Research Assistant. A University Scholar from George Mason University, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, with minors in Criminology and Spanish. Garrett previously interned with the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). There, he prepared case summaries and bilingual legal documents to share between the United States and South America regarding criminal cases and extradition agreements.


Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips is a Project Associate at the Police Foundation. Michelle received a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Law and Courts from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Applied Psychology, from Coppin State University. Michelle has worked on a few federally funded research projects to include areas such as public health and safety and community policing. Her areas of interest include eyewitness identification, police use of force and community policing.


Terri Robbins

Terri joined the Police Foundation as a Research Assistant in November 2017. Her primary project is the National Law Enforcement Applied Research and Data Platform (or, the Platform). She received her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University. Prior to joining the Police Foundation, she completed a Crime Analysis internship through the Alexandria Police Department where she earned a Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award. She also acted as a Research Assistant for a project that evaluated several departments’ adjustments to a community problem-solving approach.


Maria Valdovinos

Ms. Valdovinos comes to the Police Foundation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she served as a research fellow and provided research, analytical, and project management support to projects addressing issues such as targeted violence on college campuses and law enforcement officer wellness. At the Foundation, Ms. Valdovinos has worked on a number of projects addressing a wide range of topics such as eyewitness identification procedures, procedural justice, and the use of UAS technology in law enforcement.

Ms. Valdovinos earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Civilization from Northwestern University. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology and is very interested in the role of police in society, and the complexities underlying the American criminal justice system.


Taryn Zastrow

Taryn Zastrow joined the Police Foundation as a research assistant in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While at the University, Taryn served as a research assistant in the Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Lab and interned with the Lincoln Police Department and public interest law firms.


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