Phot of Ed McGarrell

Edmund F. McGarrell, PhD


1986 PhD, University at Albany, SUNY
1981 MA, University at Albany, SUNY
1978 BA, Mansfield University


Dr. Ed McGarrell's primary research interest is in communities and crime and the development of evidence-based strategies for violence reduction. Since 2002 he has led an MSU team that has served as the national research partner for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  This has involved research on gun, gang, and drug-related crime and the impact of  PSN as well as the provision of research-based training and technical assistance to PSN task forces coordinated by the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.

Additionally, McGarrell and colleagues are working with criminal justice officials and community partners in Detroit (Ceasefire, PSN, Innovations in Policing, Police-Prosecution Innovation) and Genesee County (School Climate and Safety), as well as cross-city research on firearms violence and sentinel event reviews.  McGarrell is Director of the Michigan Justice Statistics Center that serves as Michigan’s Statistical Analysis Center.  The Center works directly with the Michigan State Police and other state and local stakeholders.  His research is currently supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and National Institute of Justice.

McGarrell is a 2017 recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award from Michigan State University.  He received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University; the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division of Policing, American Society of Criminology; the O.W. Wilson Award, from the Police Section, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; and the Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


A Quasi-Experimental Synthetic Control Evaluation of a Place-Based Police Directed Patrol Intervention on Violent Crime.

Year: Forthcoming Authors: Rydberg, J., McGarrell, E.F., Norris, A., and Circo, G. Journal: Journal of Experimental Criminology

Fear, Victimization, and Community Characteristics on Citizen Satisfaction with the Police.

Year: 2018 Authors: Circo, G., Melde, C., and McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Policing: An International Journal

Exploring the spatial-temporal relationships between a community greening program and neighborhood rates of crime.

Year: 2017 Authors: Sadler, R., Pizarro, J., Turchan, B., and McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Applied Geography

Gun crime incident reviews as a strategy for enhancing problem solving and information sharing.

Year: 2017 Authors: Hipple, N.K., McGarrell, E.F., O'Brien, M., and Huebner, B. Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice

Adult and Youth Involvement in Gun-Related Crime: Implications for Gun Violence Prevention Interventions.

Year: 2017 Authors: Circo, G., Pizarro, J., and McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review