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Dr. Grant’s drive and commitment to research based programs has distinguished him as a leader in his field and made him a highly sought after speaker and presenter. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, from John Jay College in New York City .  


Prior to returning to the full-time faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2013, Dr. Grant was most recently the Director of Research of the Police Executive Research Forum, a leading Washington DC organization dedicated to advancing law enforcement and crime prevention internationally.  Formerly, as CEO, of Success for Kids (SFK), he oversaw the planning, implementation, curriculum development, partnerships& strategic program alliances and evaluation of the organization’s international programs and services. A 15 year program executive, his experience and innovative style has positioned SFK’s unique approach to Social Emotional Learning as one of the most sought after program partnership opportunities throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.  On behalf of the Asia Foundation, he also recently developed training curricula for the Bangladesh Police on community policing.  He subsequently conducted an assessment there related to the status of community policing in the country.  This year, he led a research effort for the State Department to assess youth violence issues in the Caribbean and make recommendations for systems wide change.

Throughout  the last two decades, he has helped to develop and evaluate school-based programs to promote youth resiliency. Formerly Deputy Chair of the Law and Police Science Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he provided training and technical assistance to many youth prevention programs and police agencies internationally.  As a senior consultant and later Associate Director, he helped develop, train teachers, and expand a curriculum to foster social responsibility that has reached thousands of youth throughout the world. His keen executive program management skills have helped to secure and manage more than $20 million in program support throughout his career.

He was a senior consultant for the  “The Culture of Lawfulness Project” sponsored by the National Strategy Information Center (NSIC) - a nongovernmental educational organization based in Washington, DC. His unique approach to the program was instrumental in helping partners in the Americas and the Middle East foster societal support for the rule of law by engaging governmental and civil society leaders. Today this program continues to reach over one million children per year around the world/

He is an expert in Social Emotional Learning, the correlation between law and society, and juvenile violence prevention and has published a number of books, training manuals and articles on these subjects.  He is the author of Building a Culture of Lawfulness, 2006 and Law Enforcement in the Twenty-first Century, 2007. 

In sum, Dr. Grant has worked with the US Department of State,USAID, National Institute of Justice and other agencies in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa to develop programs focused on building a culture of lawfulness, counter crime and corruption (including training programs for the Colombian National Police and Federal Police of Mexico).  In addition to consulting at the Department of State and other agencies, Dr. Grant has taught criminal justice, law enforcement, at the graduate and undergraduate level.

He has received numerous awards and honors and was awarded the highly recognized Bradley Post-doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University; the  Arthur Niederhoffer Fellowship and received the Prestigious Arts ’50 Scholarship.

Dr. Grant is a board member of the Every Child is Ours Foundation.



Scholarly Work

Authored Books

Grant, H. (2015).  Social Crime Prevention in the Developing World: Exploring the Role of Police in Crime Prevention.  New York: Springer.

Grant, H., K.J. and Terry (2015).  Law Enforcement  in the 21st Century.  Fourth Edition.  Allyn and Bacon: Boston (Fourth Edition).

Grant, H. (2006).  Building a Culture of Lawfulness:  Perceptions of Law Enforcement, Legal Reasoning, and Delinquency Among Mexican Youth.  New York:  LBG: Scholarly Press.

Chapters in Books

Grant, H, J. Grabias, and R.  Godson.  (2006). “The role of the police in promoting the rule of law”.  In N. Pino and M.  Wiatrowski (eds).  Democratic Policing in Transitional and Developing Countries.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers.

Grant, H.  (2006).  “The challenge of police recruitment”.  In M. White.  Current Issues and Controversies in Policing.  Boston:  Allyn and Bacon.

Terry, KJ and H. Grant (2004).  “The roads not taken: improving the use of civilian complaint review boards and implementation of recommendations from investigative commissions.  In D Jones Brown and K. Terry (eds).  Policing and Minority Communities: Bridging the Gap:  Upper Saddle River: New Jersey.

Grant, H. (1999). “Buffalo Weed and Seed Initiative”.  In Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence.  Washington, DC:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

Grant, H. (2005).  “Terrorism”.  In L. Sullivan and D. Schultz (eds.).  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.  Belmont, CA: Sage Publications.

Grant, H. (2005).  “National Incident-based Reporting System”.  In L. Sullivan and D. Schultz (eds.).  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.  Belmont, CA: Sage Publications.

Grant, H. (2005).  “Office of Domestic Preparedness”.  In L. Sullivan and D. Schultz (eds.).  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.  Belmont, CA: Sage Publications.

 Grant, H. (2005).  “Offender Profiling”.  In L. Sullivan and D. Schultz (eds.).  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.  Belmont, CA: Sage Publications.

Grant, H. (2005).  “Peru”.  In L. Sullivan and D. Schultz (eds.).  Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement.  Belmont, CA: Sage Publications.


Grant, H., C.Lavery, and K.Spagnol. (2015). “Critical understandings about animal cruelty for law enforcement practitioners”.  Journal of Law Enforcement. Volume 4 (5).

Grant, H. (2005).  The Role of the Police in Promoting the Rule of Law.  Washington, DC: National Strategy Information Center.

Bruell, C. and H. Grant (2004).  “Sex Offender Courts: A Vision of Change”.  Sex Offender Law Report, Vol. 5 (6). Civic Research Institute.

Sheppard, D., H. Grant, W. Rowe, and N. Jacobs (2000).  “Fighting Juvenile Gun Violence”.  OJJDP Juvenile Justice Bulletin.  Washington, DC:  US Department of Justice.

Rowe, W., Jacobs, N., and H. Grant (1999).  “Facilitating the development of organizational capacity: a role for empowerment evaluation”.  Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, Special Issue, pp. 69-92.

Reports, Monographs, and Evaluations

Standing UP Under Fire: Body Armor Use, Care, and Performance in Real World Conditions.   Washington DC: National Institute of Justice, in 2012

National Evaluation of the Partnerships to Reduce Juvenile Gun Violence Program.  Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2002.

New YorkState Regional Community Policing Institute: Year One Evaluation Report.  Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 1999

Brooklyn North Neighborhood Safety Project: The Assessment Phase.  Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 1999.

Findings from the Survey of NYPD Training Needs and Current Community-orientedPolicing Practices.  New York: NYS Regional Community Policing Institute, 1998.

Findings from the Survey of Training Needs and Current Community-oriented

Policing Practices of Law Enforcement Agencies in the State of New York.  New York: NYS Regional Community Policing Institute, 1998.

Findings from the Participant Surveys at the NYPD Cultural Diversity Training Workshops. New York: NYS Regional Community Policing Institute, 1998.

The Back to Basics Partnership Evaluation Report.  New York: Ford Foundation, 1999.

Bridgeport Youth Firearms Violence Initiative (YFVI): Final Report.  Washington, DC: Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, 1997.

Research Summary

Current projects:

  • "Best Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies in Facing the Changing Global Threat" Internationla study of police in Israel, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands (with M. Haberfeld).
  • "Effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions with young offender correctional populations".  Ongoing evaluation of SEL program impacts with system involved youths on the Rikers Island facility in New York, NY
  • "Geo-spatial imapcts on SQF decision-making in NYC".  Ongoing research study (with E.Piza)
  • "Correlates of dog fighting participation in NYC" Ongoing qualitative study with (C. Lavery and K.Spagnol).
  • "Exploratory examination of compassion fatigue in mid size urban police departments"  Ongoing survey of three NE mid size police departments (with J. Decarlo"
  • "SEL as Resiliency: Innovations in Delinquency Prevvention"  Ongoing project for the International Symposium in Early Childhood Education at Oxford University.