Subject Matter Expert
Areas of Expertise:
Mental Health Strategies, Crisis Intervention Team Approaches, Procedural Justice, Law Enforcement Training and Leadership
Laura L. Kunard, Ph.D. serves as senior research scientist for Justice Programs in CNA’s Safety and Security division where she works on a variety of DOJ initiatives focused on law enforcement research, training and technical assistance. She currently supports the national Crisis Intervention Team training curriculum project and the Smart Policing Initiative for BJA and the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative, based on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Collaborative Reform Initiative for COPS. Dr. Kunard serves as the Principal Investigator on an NIJ-supported study of common operational picture technology in law enforcement and an Associate Monitor on the Independent Monitoring Team for the Albuquerque Police Department. She also leads a research project exploring barriers and opportunities in healthcare system employment for people with criminal records for HHS.
Dr. Kunard earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She spent 11 years on the Board of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which achieved its mission in 2011. She currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Department of Corrections Adult Advisory Board.