Denise Herz, Ph.D.

Denise Herz, Ph.D., is a Professor at the California State University—Los Angeles in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics.  Her primary area of research is in juvenile justice, with particular emphasis on mental health and substance abuse issues among offenders, improving the processing of juvenile offenders, and most recently, crossover youth.   With regard to her work on crossover youth, Dr. Herz has worked with Los Angeles Superior Court, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and the Los Angeles County Probation Department since 2004 to document the characteristics and needs of crossover youth (i.e., dependent youth who “crossover” into delinquency) and to evaluate the court’s current implementation of a multidisciplinary team pilot program for handling crossover youth.  In 2008, she co-authored “Building Multisystem Approaches for Crossover Youth” at the request of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Casey Family Programs, and APHSA, and she currently serves as faculty for the Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Report Integrated Systems Certificate Program.