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.


Heather Vovak, Ph.D.

Heather Vovak is a Senior Research Associate at the Police Foundation. She previously worked on several federally and privately funded research projects in policing at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. Her research interests include police investigations, technologies in policing, crime rate and clearance rate trends, and she specializes in group-based trajectory analysis. Heather received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University, her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Akron, and her B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from Heidelberg University.