Justice Institute Staff
The Justice System Training and Research Institute is in some very capable hands under the direction of the director, David Lambert, Ph.D. Since 2002, more than 20,000 justice system professionals from the region and beyond have been trained by the Institute.
David Lambert, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, School of Justice Studies
Tel. (401) 254-3846
David E. Lambert is the new director of the Justice System Training and Research Institute (JSTRI) at Roger Williams University. Dr. Lambert was previously an assistant professor with the University of New Haven for the past five years, where he taught courses in policing, statistics, crime mapping and criminology. While there, he was the Principal Investigator for Project Longevity where he worked with a team of researchers to design analytical products for police agencies to reduce gang violence in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport. He has been a consultant in homeland security subjects including information sharing, critical infrastructure protection and fusion center operations.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Lambert was a member of the Massachusetts State Police for 25 years, with assignments in research and planning, fire investigation, and homeland security. He formerly was the special projects supervisor at the Commonwealth Fusion Center. He also managed a firearms data analysis program using National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), hospital gunshot wound and firearms trace data through a U.S. Department of Justice Targeting Violent Crime Initiative grant award.
Dr. Lambert holds a doctorate in law, policy, and society from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in criminology from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s Police Administration and Training Program (PATP), a ten-month police management development program.
Tel. (401) 254-3320
The Institute welcomed Caitlin O’Connor as the new Assistant Director in September 2019. She began her career in Massachusetts with a small research firm working on federal and state funded grant programs. Notably, the firm worked with a small city to implement a COMPSTAT policing model to assist in combatting gang violence that plagued the area.
In 2010, O'Connor moved to the Rhode Island Department of Corrections Planning & Research Unit. While employed there, she headed Rhode Island’s adult recidivism study. Her work evaluating programs and policies assisted with the Department’s continual drive for improvement. O'Connor has also worked on large, grant-funded projects through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Second Chance Act Grant Program to assist with recidivism reduction and individuals suffering from co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
O'Connor is a graduate of Stonehill College and Roger Williams University.
Tel. (401) 254-3731
Liz Campo is the Administrative Assistant to the Justice System Training & Research Institute in the School of Justice Studies. In that capacity she provides the primary support for the administrative, budget and accounting management and clerical support for the Justice System Training & Research Institute, as well as serves as a primary point of contact for criminal justice practitioners in their interactions with the Institute.
She began her career at Roger Williams University in 1985 in University College assisting the education faculty and staff with the Teacher Certification Program. She also provided support of the overall operation of the Office of Information Technology as well as provided support for the Dean of Open College for 3 years. She has been in the School of Justice Studies for 19 years.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2016 from Roger Williams University.