Laura Wyckoff

Laura Wyckoff, Ph.D., is the Chief of Staff at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) where she works closely with all PERF staff providing subject matter expertise and guidance to identify and disseminate best practices in policing. As the team’s trusted problem-solver, Dr. Wyckoff addresses high-level issues across a wide range of activities in support of PERF’s vision.

Prior to joining PERF, Dr. Wyckoff served as a Senior Performance Management Analyst at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, where she provided expertise in program implementation, performance management, and the application of evidence-based practices to enhance BJA’s programs. She also led the federal effort to collect data from states to meet the requirements of the Death in Custody Reporting Act.

Prior to joining BJA, Dr. Wyckoff served as a Senior Faculty Researcher at the University of Maryland, as well as a Science Advisor to the National Police Institute. In these roles, Dr. Wyckoff focused on performing training, technical assistance, action research, process evaluations, and outcome evaluations within policing, juvenile justice, and prosecution.

Dr. Wyckoff specializes in the application of evidence-based practices across the field of criminal justice, crime analysis, crime-at-place, and research methods. Dr. Wyckoff completed her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at College Park, performing research in the realms of police practice and place-based criminology.