The Center for Justice Research staff and research team are a collective of diverse individuals with expertise in the areas of research, policy, and advocacy, with a common interest in producing an equitable criminal justice system.
Howard Henderson, Ph.D. | Director
Howard Henderson, PhD, is the Founding Director of the Center for Justice Research and professor of justice administration in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Dr. Henderson is currently evaluating the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Mental Health Collaboration Program funded project with the Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program designed to implement and expand community-based services to individuals with behavioral health issues through information sharing between the criminal justice system and community service providers. He is also serving as the chair of the MacArthur Foundation funded Houston Racial/Ethnic Disparities Committee Data Workgroup who have been charged with identifying, addressing, and improving racial and ethnic disparities across the criminal justice system, and to enhance communication and engage the community. Howard is also leading a research team in a large scale evaluation of the Houston Police Department Body Camera Program.
Most recently, Dr. Henderson completed the National Science Foundation-funded project with the Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law that designed an iPAD risk assessment application that determined offender decision-making characteristics through a range of cognitive traits. He is a former member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Multidisciplinary Advisory Board overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice – U.S. Department of Labor’s Prison Reentry Initiative. Dr. Henderson also was an instructor in the United States Department of State’s International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). In previous work, he has examined the effect of perceived procedural justice and legitimacy on inmate behavior, predictive equity among risk assessment instruments, and a host of criminal justice programs
Dr. Henderson received his BS in criminal justice administration from Middle Tennessee State University, his masters of criminal justice from Tennessee State University, and his PhD in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.
Ambery Lype | Outreach Communications Coordinator
Ambery Lype is the Outreach Communications Coordinator for the Center for Justice Research (CJR.) She oversees communications planning and evaluation, media outreach, research publication, graphic design and data visualization. She manages the website, social media platforms, constituency mailings and newsletters, and the organization’s database.
Prior to joining the Center for Justice Research, Ambery’s focus was solely connected to community engagement with the Criminal Justice System. She was in communications, probation and the court system. Ambery received her undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Hope Richard | Administrative Assistant
Hope Richard is an Administrative Assistant at the Center for Justice Research (CJR), where she provides direct assistance to the Director, associated staff, and research fellows playing a key role in administration of several contracting and intellectual property processes, along with scheduling, communications, document production, and other related activities.