Sara Debus-Sherrill, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Debus-Sherrill works on projects related to community and institutional corrections to increase evidence-based practices, evaluate programs’ effectiveness, and facilitate reform efforts in correctional systems. She is currently serving as an embedded criminologist within a probation department and is partnered with additional probation and reentry organizations to support evidence-based reentry practices. Dr. Debus-Sherrill has also conducted applied justice research on a variety of topics at the Urban Institute, ICF International, and the University of Alabama.


  • Ph.D. Criminology
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology


Research Interests

  • Corrections
  • Mental health
  • Reentry
  • Victimization


Current Projects

  • Risk-Need-Responsivity Simulation Tool
  • Alameda County Pathways Capacity Enhancement Project