Dr. Stephen Phillippi serves as the Director of the IPHJ. He is also the Chair of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health. Dr. Phillippi’s work has primarily focused on brining evidence-based practices and supportive policies to states and local communities. He received his PhD from LSU, MSW from Tulane University, and BA from Loyola New Orleans. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. He has a twenty-year history of developing, managing, evaluating, and providing direct services throughout the Juvenile & Criminal Justice Systems continuums of care. Dr. Phillippi is the PI on several studies and grants. In addition to these activities, Dr. Phillippi teaches, advises, chairs and participates in dissertation committees, writes, consults, and serves on a number of professional and public service boards.
Dr. Peter Scharf, received his doctorate (ED.D.) from Harvard University. His dissertation (Lawrence Kohlberg advisor) explored moral development, criminal thinking and change models among young offenders. He has published eight books including Badge and the Bullet, Towards a Just Correctional System, and a Guide to Crafting JIS Performance Measures. Dr. Scharf is a Professor at the LSU School of Public Health and the IPHJ. He currently is conducting assessments of several funded projects involving reducing mass incarceration while assuring successful offender re-integration. These include a Legislatively supported study of 17-year-old youth in the criminal justice system, a Bureau of Justice Assistance demonstration study of integrated treatment for offenders with co-occurring disorders, a study of Correctional Re-entry processes, a study for the Educational Testing Service linking Education to Crime patterns and a demonstration project seeking to assess the effectiveness of evidence based offender care for high risk clients. He won the Undergraduate Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012 and 2013 at the Tulane University School of Public Health. Scharf presented to the House Crime Sub-Committee (Bobby Scott, Chair) regarding violent crime research at 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Congressional Hearings.
The IPHJ is committed to advancing future leaders in the field. One way to accomplish this is by hiring and mentoring graduate students and post-docs. Graduate assistants are hired from our outstanding pool of Masters and PhD students here at LSU. They are hired based on their fit (both interests and skills) with our projects and the availability of funding. Most take leadership roles to achieve project deliverables, gather and analyze data, generate reports, publish in peer reviewed journals, and present work in various professional venues.
The Institute’s core team utilizes their state and national networks to custom build project teams of content experts to meet virtually any task or constituent/client need. Content experts affiliated with the work of the IPHJ include judges, attorneys, state and local administrators, service providers, law enforcement, advocates, researchers, statisticians, and more.