Melissa A. Gutierrez
Senior Research Specialist


Melissa A. Gutierrez is an expert in criminal justice research with a focus on social network analysis and the relationship between gang and gun violence. She is a senior research specialist with CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation. Her recent research topics include violent crime reduction at national and local levels and innovation in technology used by law enforcement. Prior to joining CNA, she was a research assistant at Arizona State University's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Service where she was involved in both quantitative and qualitative research relating to violent death, substance abuse, transnational gangs and program evaluation.

Gutierrez has both a B.S. and M.S. in criminology and criminal justice from Arizona State University. She also received two minors in justice studies and statistics.