Elizabeth Berger
Elizabeth Berger
Research Associate

Elizabeth Berger is a Research Associate for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

Ms. Berger is a published researcher and statistical methodologist specializing in policing. Prior to joining the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in April 2021, Ms. Berger resided in the D.C. area and worked as a researcher, freelance writer, and translational scientist, conducting projects both independently and under guidance from organizations such as the University of Maryland, American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, and the Police Executive Research Forum. As part of these roles, Ms. Berger designed and lead applied research projects at federal, state, and local levels, including randomized controlled trials and use-of-force reviews in concert with police agencies such as Miami-Dade (FL), Prince Georges’ County (MD), Arlington (TX), and Palm Beach County Sheriff (FL). Ms. Berger also served as a scientific reviewer for several years, where she reviewed the methodological rigor of research articles for inclusion in government clearinghouses such as National Institute of Justice’s and the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse.

Prior to living in D.C., Ms. Berger conducted applied research with local agencies as a Research Associate at Sam Houston State University in Texas and at Niagara University in New York. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Statistics from Niagara University in Lewiston, NY.


Sentence length and recidivism: A review of the research. (2021). Working paper available at Berger, Elizabeth and Scheidegger, Kent.

Citizen perceptions of body-worn cameras: A randomized controlled trial. (Forthcoming 2021). Sean Goodison and Elizabeth Berger.

Lethal force policy and data review. (2017). Technical Report prepared for the Miami-Dade Police Department. Tom Wilson, Jason Cheney, Elizabeth Berger, Sean Goodison, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Internal affairs policy and data review (2017). Technical Report prepared for the Columbus Division of Police. Wilson, Tom, Jason Cheney, Elizabeth Berger, Sean Goodison, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

The effectiveness of specialized legal counsel and case management services for offenders with mental illness. (2016). Health & Justice, 4(1). Bouffard, Jeffery, Elizabeth Berger, and Gaylene Armstrong.

Forecast of the Harris County, TX jail population: 2014–24. (2014). Technical report prepared for the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. Berger, Elizabeth, Leana Bouffard, Gaylene Armstrong, Vince Webb and Sam Houston State University.