Patricia E. Campie

Principal Researcher

Dr. Patricia Campie is a principal researcher in the Human Services program at AIR. Utilizing 27 years of experience, Dr. Campie’s primary research focus is on preventing and reducing lethal violence among youth and young adults in the United States and other countries, serving as AIR’s P.I. for USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention Learning Agenda Implementation Team (CVP-LAIT). Among her recent international work, she has coauthored studies on gang desistance in the Northern Triangle, youth violence in Colombia, and a global evidence review of what works to prevent lethal community-based violence. On behalf of CVP-LAIT she is currently leading a team conducting two systematic reviews on conflict sensitivity integration in development sectors and motivations and incentives for individuals to engage with, join, or support violent groups. 

In the United States, Dr. Campie has been co-leading, since 2013, a series of studies on Massachusetts’ Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), a statewide violence prevention initiative, deemed a promising practice by Crime Solutions. SSYI targets high-impact gun and gang-involved males and females (17-24 yrs.) at risk for violence in 14 cities in Massachusetts, producing more than a 2 to 1 cost benefit advantage for reducing violent crime and victimization. Dr. Campie is also P.I. on a nine-year longitudinal study through the National Institute of Justice to study the root causes of school and community violence in California. In that study, she found that community risk and need factors had a greater effect on student safety and academic outcomes than internal school climate and student/parent supports. The study resulted in an alternative response model, Readiness to Solve Community and School Violence (ReSOLV) that offers an equitable process to engage community and school stakeholders in evidence-based solutions that do not deepen the harm that so many minoritized communities experience through get tough policies in schools and neighborhoods. 

Dr. Campie is also evaluating the Community Crisis Intervention Program in Philadelphia, an intervention aimed at reducing gun violence in the city, as well as Temple University Hospital's Victim Advocate Program for victims of violent crime. Dr. Campie recently received funding to lead a new study to develop and test a framework for evaluating urban ecosystems of hospital and community-based violence intervention in the United States.

Patricia Campie

Ph.D., Criminology and Law, University of Arizona; M.P.A., Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, University of Arizona