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Paige Thompson
Senior Research Associate
Justice Policy Center

Paige Thompson is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research work focuses on interventions and policies aimed at reducing gun and group-related violence and increasing community safety, responsible fatherhood research and program evaluation, police-community relations, and human trafficking. 

Thompson is the principal investigator of the federally funded Fathers Advancing Communities Together-II Evaluation, a multiyear implementation and impact evaluation assessing participant perceptions and program outcomes for parents experiencing poverty in Contra Costa County, California. She coleads the Impact of Criminal Justice and Community-Based Interventions on Gun Violence Reduction Evaluation, which examines community-based and law enforcement antiviolence interventions in New York City. She also coleads the Community-Police Reconciliation Evaluation, an evaluation employing a community participatory engagement approach to examine the impact of a police-community reconciliation process in communities that have experienced historical harm and high crime rates. Thompson’s research applies mixed-methods approaches to process and impact evaluations to generate evidence-based recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

Before joining Urban, Thompson was a graduate research assistant at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University, where she supported an evaluation of a co-responder model to improve police responses to mental health crises in Roanoke, Virginia. She holds a BA with distinction in psychology and women, gender, and sexuality from the University of Virginia and an MA in criminology, law, and society, with a concentration in policy and practice, from George Mason University.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety
Race and equity
Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice
Gun violence
Policing and community safety
Father involvement
Human trafficking