Sara Debus-Sherrill leads and manages studies related to the criminal justice system and support for crime victims. Ms. Debus-Sherrill is a mixed-methods researcher with interests in complex evaluations, applied quantitative methods, large-scale survey efforts, data visualization, and effective research-to-practice translation. She currently leads multiple projects related to forensic practices and evaluations of federally-supported programs to enhance crime victim services.
Before joining ICF, Ms. Debus-Sherrill worked at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center as a Research Associate where she managed and contributed to studies on diverse justice topics. Ms. Debus-Sherrill holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in child forensic psychology, and she has prior clinical experience with adolescent offenders and victims of child abuse and neglect.
Her past work has included research on safety and victimization in jails, mental health interventions for offenders, prison suicide, crime victim services, reentry, juvenile diversion, personality traits of juvenile offenders, school violence, courts, forensic innovations, and disaster-related legal aid.