Dr. Sarah Sacra is a passionate applied researcher with a decade of experience specializing in research methodology and data analysis. She has researched topics such as homicide, mass murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence, stalking, violation of protective orders, human trafficking, drug abuse, and other non-criminal behaviors. Notably, she was among the first researchers in the United States to examine police response times in relation to lethality rates. Additionally, she has successfully linked private crimes, such as certain types of domestic violence, with public predictors of violence expanding the possibility of proactive crime prevention. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journal articles and proceedings and she has co-authored two book chapters. Many of her research projects have been presented at numerous conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally. Most of her work combines law enforcement and macro-social data to predict and reduce negative outcomes while also providing organizational policy improvement recommendations.
Dr. Sacra has served as an educator at the university level for several years instructing her students on various criminological and statistical topics. Her goal is to instill in all her students to think critically, logically, and to draw informed opinions from facts and data. She has also presented invited lectures on statistical techniques to students in other disciplines. Her practical thinking approach to concepts drives both her teaching style and research process to develop comprehensive solutions to any subject at hand; to determine root causes and develop resolutions that would impact real change. She has collaborated with both academics and professionals to tackle pressing issues in the law enforcement community. Her interest in crime analysis and supporting law enforcement is the driving force behind all her research undertakings.
Dr. Sacra has a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Psychology, a certificate in Victim Advocacy, a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Applied Sociology, and a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Sociology, all awarded from the University of Central Florida. She is also Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, DMAIC, Project Management, and Advanced Yellow Belt certified.