Gabrielle Chapman is a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University's Peabody Research Institute (PRI). Chapman received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Vanderbilt, specializing in crime and deviance. Chapman's expertise has a broad base that includes experience working with all levels of criminal and juvenile justice entities, legislatures, academia and private industry. Her research has focused on the intersection of criminological research and justice system policy and practice, program evaluation, and meta-analysis. Her current work with Mark Lipsey, Ph.D. at PRI involves research, project management and technical assistance for the Standard Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) in nine states. The SPEP is designed to be a sustainable, practical program evaluation tool for residential and community-based juvenile justice programs and serves as a driver for juvenile justice reform and reinvestment initiatives.
Before her Vanderbilt appointment, Chapman built and directed a research and analysis department in private industry and served as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Research for the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC). Prior to TDOC, Chapman's experience included the design, management, and impact analysis of the Career Criminal Statutes in Florida, research and consulting with crime victims' assistance groups and other justice related non-profits. As a result of these experiences, she has developed an extensive background in both academic and applied criminology and criminal justice. She has published and presented numerous papers on criminal justice and interventions for academic and non-academic audiences.