Dr. Natalie Todak is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She does research in collaboration with police agencies to evaluate programming, improve effectiveness, and foster positive community relationships. Her work has examined the impact and consequences of police technologies, diversity, and de-escalation, with an emphasis on mixed and qualitative methods. The focus of her current research is on the recruitment, retention, promotion, and impact of women and minorities in law enforcement. She is published in leading journals, such as Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Women & Criminal Justice, and Police Quarterly.