Fridell, Lorie

Fridell, Lorie

Dr. Lorie Fridell is a Professor in the Department of Criminology. Prior to joining USF in August of 2005, she served for six years as the Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Fridell has over 30 years of experience conducting research on law enforcement. Her research and other endeavors have been supported by over $7.5 million in grants, primarily from USDOJ.  Her primary research areas are police use of force, police deviance and violence against police.  Books on these topics include: Police Vehicles and Firearms: Instruments of Deadly Force andChief Concerns:  Exploring the Challenges of Police Use of Force.  Sample articles on these and other research topics include “Demonstrations, Demoralization, and Depolicing” and “A quasi-experimental evaluation of the effects of police body-worn cameras on response-to-resistance in a large metropolitan police department.”   

Dr. Fridell is a national expert on biased policing.  Publications on this topic include three books, the most recent of which is Promoting Bias-Free Policing:  A Science-Based Approach.  Articles include “Assessing the racial aspects of police force using the implicit-bias and counter-bias perspectives,”  “Explaining the disparity in results across studies assessing disparity in police use of force,” “Racial aspects of police shootings:  Reducing both bias and counter bias.”

She speaks nationally on the topic of biased policing and provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies.  With national experts on the psychology of implicit bias and funding from the US Department of Justice, she developed the “Fair and Impartial Policing” training program (see  This training is in great demand in North America and has been featured in the New York Times, PBS News Hour, CBS Sunday Morning, Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, Mother Jones, and other outlets.

She taught previously at the University of Nebraska and Florida State University.  She has received five university-level teaching awards.

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