Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia

Senior Researcher

Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia brings over 20 years of experience working in justice, substance mis-use, public health, and community settings and is well versed in multi-sector, evidence-based practices to translate research into actionable outcomes of reducing recidivism, violence, and substance abuse.  She has expertise building organizational capacity to select and implement evidence-based practices and to advance system change through multi-sector evaluation, training, and collaboration. She has been instrumental in evidence-based justice system reform in Utah, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Oregon, and Virginia. She is a senior researcher for AIR and is responsible for directing state and national level projects that assist providers, organizational leaders, and state officials bridge the gap between research and practice.    

Loeffler-Cobia is currently the project director for the National Reentry Resource Center funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and leading the reentry evidence-based practice implementation for the center, leading the data collection for the Research on Lowering Violence in Communities and Schools (ReSOLV) multi-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice, and a subject matter expert for the Pay for Success Criminal Justice Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration Project in Prince Georges County, MD funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions at AIR.

She has also been the project director for leading the evaluation, implementation, and training efforts through the National Evaluation of Title I Part D (TIPD) programs funded by the US Department of Education and Process, Evidence-Based Practice – System Calibration Process in Tennessee and Massachusetts to combat the opioid epidemic, Outcome Evaluation of the Carey Guides in Juvenile Probation funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Evaluation of Transition Services in Utah’s Juvenile Justice Secure System funded by the Utah Board of Education and Juvenile Justice Services.

Through her work, Loeffler-Cobia has co-developed the Evidence-Based Practice System Calibration Process to assist jurisdictions to use data to drive system change, a collaboration toolkit and training program between the Utah Juvenile Justice System and Utah Department of Education along with a transition curriculum used to train both juvenile secure care staff and teachers on best practices on successfully transitioning youth from secure care to their families, schools, and communities. She has developed and published multiple organizational assessments, and CQI and evidence-based practice implementation tools and resources for use in community-based and justice organizations to help organizations identify their barriers to effective evidence-based practice implementation and build strategic plans for system change.    

Loeffler-Cobia has directed several federal- and state-funded projects through the OJJDP, Office of Justice Programs, Juvenile Accountability Block Grants, Justice Assistance Grants and National Institute of Corrections. She has led numerous collaboration teams that have included schools, police, juvenile justice, adult correction, religious groups, family, community leaders and courts to work systematically to achieve youth, family and adult outcomes. She has directed numerous projects that stem from evidence-based practice evaluation to providing technical assistance for system reform.

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M.S., Health Research and Program Evaluation and B.S., Public Health, Utah State University

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