Julie Atella

Julie Atella

Research Scientist
Amherst H. Wilder
location_on United States

Member since 7 years


Julie Atella

Specialises In (based on submitted proposals)
evaluation logic-models education multi-sector policy

Julie Atella is a research scientist at Wilder Research. Her background includes research and evaluation in the areas of human trafficking, intimate partner violence, juvenile justice and delinquency, and corrections.  Currently, she provides research and evaluation leadership to a number of government and community-based agencies, including evaluating programs that focus on strengthening families with incarcerated parents, working with at-risk youth, and assessing prevention efforts. 

Julie has had experience overseeing and evaluating Department of Justice projects over the years.  Currently, she is the Project Director of a 3-year project funded by OJJDP (2011-JR-FX-0008), which includes a rigorous evaluation that compares outcomes for program participants to a historical comparison group.  In addition to providing oversight, she is the lead evaluator for the process and outcome activities and works closely with Wilder’s economist on the return-on-investment assessment.  In addition to her experience overseeing the OJJDP evaluation, she has served in an evaluation capacity for other NIJ-funded initiatives, including Researching Sexual Violence in the Deaf Community Project (RSVP; 2003-IJ-CX-1035) and Project Reclaiming Our Area Residence (ROAR; 96-IJ-CX-0074 and 93-IJ-CX-0054).  Julie was also NIJ’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program’s Site Director for three years in Hennepin County, MN.

Julie has managed and worked on a number of multi-site initiatives, including serving as the project lead for the Volunteer of America’s (VOA) Look Up and Hope sites, which are currently located in three states.  She and other Wilder staff provide research and evaluation, with the chief role of assisting VOA in ensuring that its approach to addressing maternal incarceration is strongly research-based and builds on the best available evidence-based practices. In working in multi-site initiatives, Julie has become skilled at presenting using non-traditional methods, including a variety of webinar systems. 

Julie is currently a community faculty member at Metro State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has taught Introduction to Human Services and Program Evaluation courses. 

Julie has a strong personal interest in human trafficking and victimization.  Julie has volunteered for over 10 years with a Twin Cities 24-hour crisis line for crime victims, working with victims of general, domestic violence, and CSEC.   Julie completed her Ph.D. course work in Political Science and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.  She also holds a B.A. in Sociology/Law & Society from the University of California at Riverside.