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Kimberly P. Bernard, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Kimberly P. Bernard
Director of Research
Multnomah County Department of Community Justice

Dr. Kimberly P. Bernard is the Director of Research at the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. She is currently a scholar with the National Institute of Justice WEB Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime. She is also the Principal Investigator for a Smart Supervision Grant and Second Chance Grant both evaluations are funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Bernard became the Research Chair for the American Probation and Parole Association. She has over 20 years of experience managing process and outcome studies in applied settings, including criminal justice, addictions, mental health, child support, and child welfare. Her primary research interests focus on the transition of justice-involved individuals from juvenile into adult systems, as well as transitions between the criminal justice system and behavioral healthcare systems. She also works on projects promoting justice reinvestment at the state and local levels. Special areas in which she has developed expertise include facilitating field practitioner and researcher partnerships and developing data visualizations to engage research audiences. Dr. Bernard holds a Ph.D. from the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy & Management.