Melissa Marie Labriola

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Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in sociology, City College of New York; M.A. in sociology, George Washington University; B.A. in social relations, Michigan State University

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Melissa Labriola is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is currently involved in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of prosecutor-led pretrial diversion in San Francisco, CA; a NIJ-funded project to inventory and assess the impacts of anti-violence strategies in two research sites; an evaluation of NYPD Neighborhood Policing; and an evaluation of LA Door. She recently completed an evaluation of The Child Trauma Response Team (CTRT). She has over 17 years of experience directing a number of projects related to court responses to intimate partner violence; specialized courts, including drug courts and domestic violence courts; human trafficking, indigent defense, and prosecutor- and police-led diversion. She recently completed a national study of prosecutor-led diversion programs and a national survey of police-led diversion programs. She also served as primary investigator (PI) on a RCT of intensive judicial monitoring with domestic violence offenders in Monroe County, NY; and PI on a statewide evaluation of specialized domestic violence courts in New York. She was also project director on a RCT testing the impact of batterer programs in the Bronx; project director on a national survey of court responses to domestic violence offender noncompliance; and project director on a national study of domestic violence courts. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from City College of New York.

Recent Projects

  • Reducing Violence in Communities: An In-Depth Study of Efforts in Durham, NC and Minneapolis, MN
  • Process Evaluation of BJA’s Firearm Lock Distribution and Safe Storage Program
  • Evaluation of NYPD Neighborhood Policing
  • Evaluation of Child Trauma Response Team
  • Evaluation of San Francisco Neighborhood Courts