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Sharmistha Chowdhury, MA


Sharmistha Chowdhury (Sharmi) is a Research Assistant at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University. Sharmi finished her M.A in Criminal Justice from the Rutgers University-Camden in 2015. She received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland College Park in 2011. Prior to joining ACE!, Sharmi worked as a Project Assistant at the Walter Rand Institute at Rutgers University-Camden for two years and worked as a Program Management Specialist at the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise at the University of Maryland for four years. Her research interests include offender reentry, implementation of evidence based practices and juvenile delinquency prevention.

E-mail: schowd14@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.5222

Marissa Kiss, MA

Marissa Kiss, M.A., is a Research Associate at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and earned her M.A. degree in Sociology from George Mason University in 2012. Prior to joining the ACE! team, Marissa worked at National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago for six years.  Marissa’s primary research interests include offender reentry, community corrections, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and examining social inequality within the criminal justice system.

E-mail: mkiss@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.5222
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Kimberly Kras, PhD
a Kimberly R. Kras is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Advancing for Correctional Excellence! (ACE!) at George Mason University. Kim’s doctoral dissertation, titled Redemption or Condemnation? A Long-term Follow-up of Desistance Patterns of Sex Offenders. Kim’s research focuses on issues related to offender re-entry, sex offenders, rehabilitation, life course theories, and gender. Kim received her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice in May 2014 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

E-mail: kkras@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-5222
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Jennifer Lerch, MA

Jennifer Lerch is a research associate for the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! in the Criminology, Law and Society Department at George Mason University. She received her BS in Political Science and Sociology from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and her MA degree in Justice, Law, and Crime Policy from George Mason University. Jennifer’s research interests include organizational change, offender reentry, and correctional interventions.

E-mail: jlerch@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.4832

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Amy Murphy, MPP
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Amy Murphy, MPP, is a Research Associate at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence. Her experience includes working as a Research Specialist with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections (CEBC) at the University of California, Irvine as well as work in the consulting field in Washington, DC and with the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments. While with CEBC, Amy conducted a process evaluation of the Parole Violations Decision-Making Instrument, a tool introduced by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to encourage the use of graduated sanctions among parole agents. Amy received her master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University in 2003. Her primary interest is in applied research for policy application.

 

E-mail: amurph10@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.5222

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Heather Toronjo
heather Heather Toronjo is a Research Assistant at ACE! and a masters student at George Mason's School of Public Policy. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Her research interests include the development of corrections policy, offender reentry programs, corrections workforce professional development, the implementation of evidence based practices, and community corrections.

E-mail: htoronjo@gmu.edu
Phone: 703.993.8565
Sandra Wise
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Sandra Wise is a Clinical Research Assistant presently working with Dr. Faye Taxman George Mason University and Rick Altice Yale University School of Internal Medicine. Her experience includes HIV Prevention and Intervention, HIV testing and counseling, as well as HEP C testing and screening. Sandra has worked in the Connecticut Department of Correction for the last 5 years alongside nurses, parole and probation officers.


Her interest lies with substance abuse and mentally ill men and women in the judicial system. She has over 12 years at Ryan-Nena Community Health Center in New York City where she had the opportunity to work alongside the local needle exchange. Currently she is working on her BA in Psychology.

 

E-mail: swise10@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-5222



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