Akiva Liberman joined Child Trends in 2019 as a senior research scholar. His substantive interests include juvenile justice reform, school discipline, adolescent development, and youth violence prevention. His methodological interests include experimental and quasi-experimental methods to estimate effects (including propensity score methods and Bayesian analyses), implementation science, and the use of research to inform policy (including evidence-based programs and pay for success contracts).
Liberman has been a senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute since 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he managed research on the implementation of effective intervention for criminal justice populations at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, including the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies 2 research network. From 1999 to 2007, he managed juvenile justice and delinquency research at the National Institute of Justice, including the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and the Pathways to Desistance longitudinal studies, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Liberman has also conducted research at Columbia University, the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, and the University of Arizona. He holds a PhD in social psychology from New York University.