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 Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and a number of local governments.
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. Professor Worden is currently a member of the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council, to which he was first appointed in 2001.
Professor Worden’s research interests include: police behavior and police misconduct; bureaucratic and external mechanisms of control of police; the effects of police strategies, programs, and practices; and public attitudes toward police.
Professor Worden is currently engaged in studies of:
- police legitimacy and procedural justice;
- early intervention systems for police misconduct;
- patterns of proactive policing and its effects;
- police supervision and police performance;
- the impacts of implicit bias training for police;
- police investigations of nonfatal shootings and other violent offenses; and
- the implementation and impacts of gun and gang violence reduction strategies.