Patricia Sattler

Patricia L. Sattler, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Research Division


Patricia L. Sattler joined the National Policing Institute as a Senior Research Associate in May 2022. Dr. Sattler has worked on projects involving process and outcome evaluations of evidence-based interventions across diverse community contexts as well as a national examination on the effects of policy changes on child maltreatment rates over time. Her most recent work includes a multi-method exploration of police decision-making and engagement with victims of serious violent crime in four jurisdictions across two states.

A National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellow, Dr. Sattler’s research interests include the structural influences that shape police decision-making and engagement, recruitment, hiring, and selection practices, training and ethics, officer wellness, procedural and transitional justice, law enforcement-based victim services, and victims’ experiences of secondary harm following their engagement with the police.

Prior to completing her PhD, Dr. Sattler developed and implemented a statewide victim/witness assistance program for the Nebraska Department of Justice, where she worked side-by-side with law enforcement and prosecutors on serious violent criminal cases. In addition to 16 years’ experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation, she’s also been successfully writing and managing local, state, and federal grants for 21 years. Dr. Sattler completed her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas, her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Washington – Seattle, and her B.A. in Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

Areas of Focus

  • Narrative research
  • Policy analysis
  • Interpretive research & the structure-agency dialectic
  • Implementation science
  • Police organizations
  • Emotional labor and officer wellness
  • Law enforcement-based victim services

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