Faculty - Denise C. Herz, Ph.D.

Professor Denise Herz


Ph.D.- Criminology, University of Maryland at College Park
MA – Criminology, University of Maryland at College Park
BA – Law and Society, Hood College

Denise Herz, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice & Criminalistics at Cal State Los Angeles and Research Director for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Research & Evaluation Team. Her primary research areas include building research-to-practice feedback loops for comprehensive gang programming and building integrated systems to improve dual-system youth outcomes. Dr. Herz has served as the GRYD Research Director since 2011 and continues to lead research and evaluation for the GRYD Comprehensive Strategy. In addition to her work with GRYD, she has collaborated for many years with courts, probation, and child services in Los Angeles County to research dual system youth and improve practices to improve their outcomes. At the national level, she has served as a consultant to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy and was Co-PI for the OJJDP Dual System Youth Design Study. Dr. Herz received her MA and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Curriculum Vitae

Reports Available On-Line


Gang Reduction and Youth Development Research Briefs


Contact Information:

Office: Room 258, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 343-4624

Research Interests:

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Crossover Youth, Multisystem Approaches to Delinquency, Gangs, Program Development and Evaluation