As TIDC’s Research Director, Sarah Gammell, Ph.D. oversees all TIDC research activities, including data collection, reporting, and data visualization. She comes to TIDC from the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at SMU Dedman School of Law where she designed and conducted research on the Texas criminal legal system. Previously, Sarah taught a variety of criminal justice and criminology courses at the University of Texas at Dallas as well as worked for a nonprofit in Lisbon, Portugal. She received her B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University. She earned an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Texas Christian University and holds a Doctoral degree in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her previous works and publications have focused generally on juvenile delinquency and violent crime, including school violence and shootings, the theoretical application of situational crime prevention, gang violence, and juvenile substance use.