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.