Melanie
Skemer
Research Associate

Skemer’s research focuses on evaluations of programs and policies that target noncustodial parents, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and disadvantaged young people. She plays a central role in multiple aspects of the process and impact evaluation of New York City’s Supervised Release program, a bail alternative intended to reduce the use of pretrial detention and reliance on money bail while ensuring defendants’ appearance in court and maintaining public safety. Skemer also serves as the project manager and data manager for the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt demonstration, a random assignment study testing new approaches to working with noncustodial parents who have fallen behind in their child support payments. Additionally, Skemer is the data manager for the evaluation of the PACE Center for Girls, a school-based, gender-responsive program offering both academic and social services to at-risk middle and high school-age girls in Florida. Across these projects, Skemer’s contributions include managing the acquisition, processing, and analysis of multiple data sources; designing survey instruments; developing analysis plans; collecting qualitative data via on-site observations, interviews, and focus groups ; coauthoring reports; and presenting research findings to various audiences. Skemer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of California-Irvine.