The Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Academics program (currently in pilot) offers a unique opportunity for early-career academics to engage with NIJ LEADS Scholars, all of whom are mid-career police officers dedicated to advancing the police profession through science. NIJ started piloting the LEADS Academics to the Scholars program in 2019, with the goal of advancing practitioner-led research and promoting sustainable researcher/practitioner partnerships.
LEADS Academics, coordinating with the LEADS “implementation and development team” (RAND, PERF, and IACP) will provide additional guidance and information to LEADS Scholars regarding research methodology and ethical concerns associated with conducting research. The LEADS Scholars will help the LEADS Academics improve their understanding and skills related to working with law enforcement agencies and practitioners.
Dr. Brimbal was one of only three academics selected as part of the LEADS Class of 2021.
Professor Sullivan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark.
An active and award-winning scholar, Dr. Sullivan has published more than 90 academic articles and book chapters on justice and criminology-related topics. He is author of Taking Juvenile Justice Seriously: Developmental Insights and System Challenges (Temple University Press, 2019), which earned an Outstanding Contribution Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Developmental and Life Course Criminology.
Since 2000, he has been data analyst or principal investigator on numerous federally or state-funded evaluations of diversion programs, treatment interventions, and juvenile drug courts. His recent research on developmental and life-course criminology and juvenile justice topics has been funded by the State of Ohio, National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Since 2017, he has been Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, a leading journal in the field.
Dr. Sullivan joins Texas State from the University of Cincinnati where, as Professor and Graduate Program Director of its top-ranked program in Criminal Justice, he was named Fellow of the Graduate School. Dr. Sullivan was named a 250th Anniversary Fellow at Rutgers University and has received award recognition for academic leadership and mentoring and teaching of graduate students.