Dr. Pavelka previously served as Project Administrator of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice and Senior Research Associate with the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University.
Prior to her appointment at Florida Atlantic University, she served as the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. In this position, she administered the Florida and National Juvenile Detention Initiatives funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and served as Research Director for the Center.
Dr. Pavelka received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specialization in Justice Policy from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Her dissertation, Practice to Policy to Management: A Restorative Justice Framework, focused on system reform and policy implementation of restorative justice nationally. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Pavelka is an internationally known restorative justice expert. Dr. Pavelka is Senior Advisor on Restorative Justice for the Peace Alliance. Dr. Pavelka serves on the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Advisory Council and is Chair of the Law and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Congressional Victims Rights Caucus and Board of Directors of the Florida Restorative Justice Association. Dr. Pavelka is a Certified Family Court Mediator and Certified Restorative Justice Trainer. Dr. Pavelka has authored numerous books, book chapters, publications, and conference presentations. She has provided consultation, training and technical assistance with legislators, policymakers, justice system and educational stakeholders, victim advocates, nonprofit and community organizations in the development and implementation of restorative justice principles, practices, legislation, policies and evaluation.
Dr. Pavelka is Chair of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, State of Florida and Co-Chair of the K-20 Campus Security Committee, Southwest Regional Domestic Security Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Pavelka is a Political Analyst for ABC-7 in Ft. Myers, Florida.
She is actively involved in service through her work in the community with the PACE Center for Girls, Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, Impact Initiative of Southwest Florida, as well as other organizations.
Pavelka, S. and D. Thomas, “The Evolution of Balanced and Restorative Justice,” Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 7(1), 2019.
Pavelka, S. and A. Seymour, “Guiding Principles for Restorative Justice and Victims,” Corrections Today, Jan/Feb 2019.
Pavelka, S., Restorative Justice in the States: An Analysis of Statutory Legislation and Policy, Justice Policy Journal, 13(2), 2016.
Pavelka, S. and D. Thomas, "Performance Measurement in Juvenile Justice: Developing and Implementing Model Reporting Systems," Perspectives, American Probation and Parole Association, Winter 2016.
Rowan Leach, M. and S. Pavelka, "The Political Rise of Restorative Justice," Huffington Post, March 26, 2014.
Pavelka, S. "Practices and Policies for Implementing Restorative Justice Within Schools," The Prevention Researcher, 20(1), 2013.
O'Brien, S. "Restorative Justice: Principles, Practices, and Application," The Prevention Researcher, 14 (Supplement), 2007.
Sandra Pavelka, Ph.D.
Community & Restorative Justice Associates