Rob Worden is a political scientist whose research revolves around questions about the accountability and responsiveness of criminal justice institutions to the public. Thus his research includes both basic research – concerned with explaining the behavior of criminal justice actors in terms of political, organizational, and social influences – and applied research – concerned with the implementation and outcomes (read: social benefits) of criminal justice policies and programs. Most of his research has focused on police behavior and police programs and reforms; his scholarship has appeared in a number of academic journals, and his research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and a number of local governments.
Professor Worden is currently engaged in studies of: (1) police legitimacy, procedural justice, and accountability; (2) police misconduct and early intervention systems; (3) citizen oversight of the police; (4) patterns of proactive policing and its effects; and (5) the implementation and impacts of gang violence reduction strategies. Recent publications include:
- “Testing for Racial Profiling with the Veil-of-Darkness Method” (with Sarah J. McLean and Andrew P. Wheeler), in Police Quarterly, 2012
- “Intervention with Problem Officers” (with several former and current Albany doctoral students), in Criminal Justice and Behavior, 2013
- “Here’s Looking at You: An Evaluation of Public CCTV Cameras and Their Effects on Crime and Disorder” (with Sarah J. McLean and MoonSun Kim), in Criminal Justice Review, 2013
- “The Effect of Sanctions on Police Misconduct” (with Chris Harris), in Crime & Delinquency, 2014
- “Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Policing” (with Chris Harris and Sarah J. McLean), in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 2014
- “Research Partners in Criminal Justice: Notes from Syracuse” (with Sarah J. McLean and Heidi S. Bonner), in Criminal Justice Studies, 2014.
Professor Worden is also one of a team of researchers who serve as the research partner to the Albany and Syracuse police departments and to criminal justice task forces in Albany, Oneida, Onondaga, Rensselaer, and Schenectady counties.
Professor Worden serves on the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council, to which he was first appointed by New York’s governor in 2001, and reappointed five times since. Previously, Professor Worden served on the National Research Council’s Committee to Review Research on Police Policies and Practices, whose report, Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence, was published by the National Academies Press in 2004. He also served on the City of Albany’s Gun Violence Task Force, in 2007-2009, on Albany County’s Reentry Task Force, and on New York State’s Crime Analyst Certification Committee.