Mara Schiff, Ph.D.
Dr. Mara Schiff is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Schiff has had over 30 years experience in criminal and juvenile justice research, planning, evaluation, training and teaching, focusing on restorative community justice. She has completed two edited and one co- authored book on restorative justice, as well as numerous academic journal articles and book chapters. She has received evaluation and training grants from the National Institute of Justice and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as other national and local organizations. Dr. Schiff speaks and trains nationally and internationally on restorative justice, focusing specifically on restorative justice in schools, communities and the intersection of racial and restorative justice. She works with local and national school districts implementing restorative strategies to shift disciplinary policy, climate and culture. She has served as a consultant to the National Center of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) School-Justice Partnership Project, and the Federal Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative. Recent speaking invitations have included policy and academic events such as Closing the School Discipline Gap in Washington DC, the New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children’s School-Justice Partnership Summit in New York City, the National Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnership in Washington, DC, the First and Second International Symposiums on Restorative Justice held in Skopelos, Greece, First International Conference on Child Justice and Children’s Rights, Pretoria, South Africa, and regional meetings of the U.S. Department of Education’s Rethinking Discipline initiative. She served as the conference host and lead organizer for the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2015 and is an active board member for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. Dr. Schiff teaches courses in Ethics, Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice, and the graduate Seminar in Applying Criminal Justice Theory, Research and Policy, the required capstone class for the Master’s degree.