Our Team

Pamela Kelley

Pamela Kelley has thirty years of experience in the field of research and evaluation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and completed her PhD coursework at Northeastern University where she has ABD status. Ms. Kelley has authored or co-authored over 100 evaluation and research technical reports. Ms. Kelley is also the Chair of the Criminology Department at Stonehill College, where she is an Associate Professor and has been teaching for the past sixteen years. She teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, Violent Crime: Federal Initiatives, Spatial Crime Analysis, Research Methods for Criminology, Statistical Analysis for Criminology, and Police Administration. Ms. Kelley’s areas of expertise include research and evaluation methods, criminal justice statistical analysis, law enforcement administration, opioid overdose research, gun violence, gang violence, domestic violence, children who witness violence, and crime mapping. Ms. Kelley was previously employed as the Research Director for the Crime and Justice Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sean Varano

Sean Varano received his multi-disciplinary doctorate degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University in 2002, and has co-authored more than thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. Dr. Varano has extensive experience conducting field research with community-based organizations and law enforcement agencies. His research experience is in the areas of gang violence, opioid overdose research, characteristics of homicide events, urban crime and violence, gun use by youthful offenders, police organizations and strategies, and juvenile justice. He works with police and other criminal justice agencies toward making organizational changes to more effectively respond to crime. Dr. Varano is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI). Dr. Varano was previously employed as a grant manager/monitor with the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).