Erica Boyce

Erica J. Boyce, Ph.D., is a Senior Court Research Associate at the National Center for State Courts.  She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has served as the principal investigator for several applied research studies and program evaluations in the criminal justice, substance abuse, and education fields.  Dr. Boyce’s research interest areas include specialty courts, judicial performance reviews, inmate incarceration experiences, and disproportionality in student discipline.  She has taught several research methods courses as an adjunct professor at both the University at Buffalo and Hilbert College. Dr. Boyce is trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including quasi-experimental designs, surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus group facilitation.  Analytic techniques include regression, hierarchical linear modeling, and thematic analysis.  Current projects include the Illinois Judicial Performance Evaluation, Judicial Workload Assessments, Remote Jury Selection, and a Rapid Response Pilot Project designed to reduce fraud and misuse of funds by dishonest conservators.