Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections - Participant Bios


James Bonta, Ph.D.
Director of Corrections Research
Public Safety Canada

James Bonta, Ph.D., began his career as a clinical psychologist in a maximum security remand centre before becoming Director of Corrections Research with Public Safety Canada. His interests are risk assessment and offender rehabilitation. One of his latest publications is The Psychology of Criminal Conduct (with D. A. Andrews) now in its 5th edition.

Kimberly Sperber, Ph.D.
Chief Research Officer
Talbert House - Cincinnati, Ohio

Kimberly Gentry Sperber, Ph.D., currently works as the Chief Research Officer for Talbert House. Talbert House is a private, nonprofit agency that provides services in corrections, adult behavioral health, youth behavioral health, community care, and housing. Her responsibilities include training staff on best practices, helping staff to operationalize research into practice, measuring program effectiveness, and analyzing outcomes data.


Stephen Haas, Ph.D.
Director of the Office of Research and Strategic Planning
West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services

Stephen M. Haas, Ph.D., is Director of West Virginia's Office of Research and Strategic Planning (ORSP) and Deputy Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS). The ORSP houses the Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Center (CJSAC) and Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice (JCEBP). He is a Master Trainer for the Level of Service Case Management/Inventory (LS/CMI) and is responsible for all training and quality assurance activities associated with community supervision and the risk/needs instrument. The ORSP is also responsible for conducting research and evaluation studies on community corrections and other justice-related topics for the state. Dr. Haas's has published in journals such as Victims and Offenders, Justice Research and Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the American Correctional Association's Corrections Compendium.