JRSA Forum. December 2013. Volume 31, Number 4.

BJS Hires New Statisticians

After a lengthy period of historic lows in staffing and being unable to fill even critical positions within their statistical programs, the Bureau of Justice Statistics recently hired three new staff.

Erinn J. Herberman joined BJS in September as a statistician in the Corrections and Courts units and works on national data collections in the areas of pretrial, community corrections, and indigent defense. She came to BJS from the Justice System Planning and Information Department in Maricopa County, Arizona, where she worked as a Crime Prevention Analyst conducting research, statistical analyses, and program evaluations supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices across the criminal justice system. While in this role, she served on the steering committee for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona's statewide reentry initiative, and worked on the local implementation of the Transition from Jail to the Community reentry initiative. She played a key role in Maricopa County, receiving numerous Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties. Dr. Herberman also worked as a statistician and researcher for the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. She holds numerous degrees from the University of Arizona, including a B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in clinical psychology, an M.P.H., and a Ph.D. in psychology focused on research methods and program evaluation.

Rachel E. Morgan is a statistician in the Victimization Statistics Unit. Her recent research includes examining the relationship between structural-level risk factors, specifically, measures of social disorganization, and domestic violence in Chicago and the state of Illinois. Dr. Morgan was most recently employed as Project Manager with the Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Central Florida. The Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences conducts community-oriented research in the Central Florida area through telephone surveys, mail surveys, Internet surveys, focus groups, and program evaluations. Dr. Morgan received a B.S. in sociology from the Florida State University, an M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Central Florida.

Andrew D. Tiedt recently joined BJS from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, where he was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Tiedt worked on major U.S. and cross-national representative surveys on demographic, health, and aging-related topics. He published and has forthcoming articles in the Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He is working in BJS' Law Enforcement and Special Projects units on projects focusing on generating national-level estimates of victimization, offenses, and recidivism, as well as on age-specific issues concerning substance abuse and mental health outcomes among the institutionalized population. Dr. Tiedt has a Ph.D. in sociology from Fordham University; an M.A. in sociology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; and a B.A. in Japanese studies from Earlham College in Indiana.