Erica Henderson is a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. In this role, she regularly uses quantitative and qualitative methods to collect and analyze research data, manage projects, and provide technical assistance related to crime victimization, older adults, and creating solutions to problems affecting vulnerable populations.
Henderson has years of large-scale project management experience of federally funded projects, including the multiphase, National Institute of Justice–funded older adult resiliency EMPOWER demonstration; the Office for Victims of Crime–funded Center for Victim Research researcher-practitioner fellowship grantee program; and the Office on Violence Against Women–funded national evaluation of the implementation of the SAFE Protocol. Her current work focuses on elder abuse, sexual assault, polyvictimization, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and programming for justice-involved people. Through her work in these topical areas, Henderson has managed relations with a diverse array of organizations and individuals operating at the state, local, and tribal levels. She has also developed expertise in large-scale national survey development and administration. Before joining Urban, she interned at the US Census Bureau, where she analyzed survey data about juvenile facilities and juveniles involved with the criminal justice systems.
Henderson holds a BA from the University of Maryland College Park and an MA from the George Washington University, where she conducted research on invisible punishments and collateral consequences in higher education.