RESEARCH

Dr. Kerbs is a multi-discipinary mixed-method social scientist with experience in (a) the collection and analysis of primary data from surveys and interviews, and (b) the analysis of administrative data.  His work has been published in various disciplines to include criminal justice, criminology, law, medicine, psychology, and sociology. As a mixed-method social scientist, Dr. Kerbs employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine issues of importance to the juvenile and criminal justice systems, public policy, and theory development.  His areas of expertise include victimology studies as applied to school safety, prison safety, and the safety of maltreated children involved in the child welfare system; he also has expertise in juvenile court abolition debates and substance abuse treatment as applied to multi-problem, chemically-dependent offenders who are relapse prone.

Dr. Kerbs’ statistical/methodological training includes comptence in quantitative analysis of crime and criminal justice data, quantitative and qualitative research design and methods, survey development, sampling, data collection and entry, applied research in aging, ANOVA, OLS, MLE, logistic regression, factor analysis, log-linear analysis; multi-variate analysis, scaling and dimensional analysis, confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, structural equation modeling (i.e., LISREL), negative binomial regression modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and multi-level modeling (HLM, R, and SAS).

For more information about Dr. Kerbs, please see this section for his publications, presentations, research experience, grant history, and research-related awards.