Amber Scherer

Amber Scherer

Amber Scherer

Effectiveness of criminal investigative practices, Evidence-based policing, Translation of research evidence into law enforcement practice.

J. Amber Scherer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and a graduate research assistant at the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy. Amber previously spent four years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Science Unit as a research analyst and coordinator for the Futures Working Group.  While at the FBI Academy, Amber worked on numerous research projects, as well as supporting training classes in crime analysis, futures in law enforcement, research methods, and translating research into practice.  She was also the project manager for research involving practitioner views of the use and effectiveness of criminal investigative analysis.  In addition, Amber has also worked as a research associate with the Police Foundation in Washington, DC.

Amber is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Psychology and Law Society, the International Academy of Investigative Psychology, and the Homicide Research Working Group.

Current Research

Dissertation: Identifying Effective Practices for Robbery Investigations

Courses Taught

CRIM 305: Crime and Crime Policy

CRIM 400: Applied Criminal Psychology

CRIM 495: Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society (recitation section)


M.A. (Forensic Psychology), John Jay College of Criminal Justice

B.A. (Psychology), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville