Karen Amendola, PhD
Karen L. Amendola, PhD is Chief Behavioral Scientist at the Police Foundation where she has worked for over two decades. Karen earned her PhD in Psychology at George Mason University where she specialized in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and conducted research on mentoring relationships in organizations, general aviation and driving safety, and focused on the Assessment Center method for promoting (and hiring) public safety personnel. Her dissertation was entitled “Rationalized Justifications as Determinants of Permissive Attitudes and Unethical Conduct: Measurement and Validation.” Dr. Amendola and her colleagues were awarded the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial by the Division of Experimental Criminology in 2012 for their study on the impact of 8-, 10-, and 12-hour shifts in policing, and in which they found that the 10-hour shift offered advantages over 8-hour shifts (more sleep, less overtime worked) without the fatiguing impacts of 12-hour shifts. Karen’s primary research interests are in officer safety and wellness, mindfulness, and eyewitness identification, as well as hiring, promotional, and performance assessment procedures.