Victim Researcher Profile

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Christine Crossland



District of Columbia


U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice


Senior Social Science Analyst




Criminal Justice, Applied Sociology, and Psychology


More than 20 years


Christine Crossland is a Senior Social Science Analyst in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Tina is primarily responsible for planning, implementing, directing, evaluating, managing, and reporting on social and behavioral research studies funded by the Department. She works with other government agencies, non-profit organizations, public and private businesses, and public safety and health agencies to coordinate a broad and enhanced research agenda in the area of violence and victimization. Since joining NIJ in 1998, Tina has directed and managed a number of federal research and evaluation programs and activities. She was the Deputy Director of the former Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program where she managed over 40 drug testing research sites across the U.S. She also has overseen a number of evaluability assessments and evaluations on Indian country programs or initiatives (e.g., the Tribal Victim Assistance Program, the Children's Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities, Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Demonstration Program, and the Tribal Courts Program). She is currently NIJ's liaison to the Office of Justice Programs' Justice Programs Council on Native American Affairs (JPCNAA) as well as the co-chair for the JPCNAA's Research, Data Collection, & Information Sharing Working Group. Currently, Tina is directing a program of research addressing American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) crime and justice issues. She also is the Director of the AI and AN Violence Prevention Research Program, which is specifically designed to examine violence experienced by AI and AN women living in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages. In addition to her research priorities, Tina has managed or co-managed several signature programs at NIJ including the Executive Research Fellowship Program, the Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship, and the Research Assistantship Program. These programs offers scientists an opportunity to participate on research addressing crime, victimization, and criminal justice issues relevant to the work of the Institute and public policy. These programs also further the Department's mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state, tribal, and local levels.


Domestic and Family Violence, Drug-Related Victimization, Sexual Abuse or Violence (other than campus sexual assault)


American Indian and Alaska Native (tribal) victims, Rural victims


Action research, Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Needs assessment, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Training and/or technical assistance


Action research, Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies