Institute for Social Research

MSC02 1625
1915 Las Lomas NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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1 University of New Mexico

Phone: (505) 277-4257
Fax: (505) 277-4215

Paul Guerin - Ph.D

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Paul Guerin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Analysis (CARA). He has worked at the ISR since 1992. He has also taught part-time in the Sociology Department at the University of New Mexico since 1988. His primary areas of teaching have been in criminology, corrections, and policing. His primary areas of research have included the criminal justice system, the evaluation of substance abuse and criminal justice programs, the evaluation of Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) programs and other education programs, and the study of DWI and alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.

Professional Experience

Dr. Guerin has been the Principal Investigator on almost 100 evaluation projects. This includes the Principal Investigator on four National Institute of Justice (NIJ) projects, the researcher on four National Science Foundation (NSF) projects, the researcher on three National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects, and the researcher on approximately five Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) projects.

Currently funded projects in which he is involved include research projects with the New Mexico Corrections Department, the New Mexico Sentencing Commission, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, University of New Mexico Hospital Office of Community Affairs, various University of New Mexico departments, and the City of Albuquerque.

Education Assessment

Dr. Guerin is the evaluator on a National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) project. He is also the evaluator on a National Institute of Health (NIH) Post-Baccalaureate Research Education (PREP) program, which is a biomedical research-training program, focused upon minorities and socio-economically under-represented individuals who plan to enter a PhD program. He is also the evaluator on a NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) which is developing and implementing a science enrichment program targeting middle-school students, science teachers, families and communities in rural New Mexico, and the evaluator on a U.S. Department of Education Promoting Post baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant.

He has also been the evaluator on two GK-12 STEM projects, a pilot Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) project, and an Informal Science Education (ISE) project. He was also the evaluator on a four-year evaluation project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which studied the effectiveness of programs in seven New Mexico school districts that were designed to increase the retention rates of K-12 Hispanic students.

Substance Abuse Treatment Research

He has been the primary researcher on numerous substance abuse treatment programs evaluations and research projects. This includes several projects with Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse Programs, the City of Albuquerque’s Health and Human Services Division, and various State of New Mexico departments. This has included studies of jail based treatment programs, community based treatment programs, assertive community treatment teams, a hepatitis social marketing campaign, public housing drug elimination, various juvenile justice substance abuse treatment programs, and a variety of DWI programs.

Dr. Guerin has been the evaluator on two federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Targeted Capacity Expansion projects. One of these projects evaluated the effectiveness of a program that provided substance abuse counseling in two middle-schools in the Albuquerque Public School District to middle-school students with substance abuse problems.

Drug Court Research

Since 1998 Dr. Guerin has been the Principal Investigator on 11 individual drug court evaluations, a statewide evaluation of juvenile drug courts, and a statewide evaluation of adult drug courts. Two of the 11 evaluations were of adult DWI Drug Courts (Bernalillo County Metropolitan DWI Drug Court and Dona Ana County Magistrate DWI Drug Court). Technical assistance was also provided to many of these drug courts that included the development of drug court client level data collection forms and management information systems. The ISR was also the evaluator on a statewide DWI evaluation and technical assistance project from July 2000 through June 2004.

Criminal Justice System Research

Dr. Guerin has also been involved in numerous research projects dealing with the criminal justice system. This includes causes of jail crowding, police staffing studies, corrections and police workplace satisfaction studies, crime reporting, multi-jurisdictional task forces, offender re-entry, various other policing studies, juvenile community corrections, adult community corrections programs, court case processing, and numerous research projects with the New Mexico Sentencing Commission. These have included studies of pre-trial services, biased based policing, the collateral consequences of crime, juvenile justice system programs, violence against women, criminal justice system workload studies, prison population forecasting, and gender specific probation and parole programs.

Other Research

He is currently the evaluator on a federal Center of Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) project. This project is focused on a cost study of the Albuquerque Heading Home Initiative. Dr. Guerin has also completed several traffic safety studies including one of the red light camera system in Albuquerque, N.M. and another of a yellow light and all red light clearance intervention at selected Albuquerque, N.M. intersections. He has also been involved in a socio-economic assessment.


University of New Mexico - Ph.D., Sociology, 1998