Sophia Gatowski, Ph.D.

Director, Systems Change Solutions, Inc.

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1999
  • M.A., Community/Clinical Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 1992
  • B.A., Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, 1989


Dr. Sophia Gatowski is a social psychologist and co-founding Director of Systems Change Solutions, Inc., where she is actively engaged in a variety of research and evaluation projects as well as curricula design, needs assessments, and strategic planning. Prior to her role as Director of Systems Change Solutions, Dr. Gatowski worked for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges where for over ten years she helped to facilitate court-agency-community collaboration and systems change efforts and conducted numerous program, practice, and policy evaluations for juvenile and family court systems. Dr. Gatowski is the author of scholarly and technical assistance articles focused on the interface between science and the law, judicial decision-making, evaluation research, court performance measurement, and organizational behavior and systems change facilitation and management. She has served as faculty at many national and international conferences and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Nevada, where she teaches in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology and the Master's and Doctoral Program in Judicial Studies.

Research Interests

  • The interface between science and the law (e.g., judicial and jury decision-making, especially about expert testimony and the admissibility of social science evidence)
  • Procedural justice, social psychological dynamics of justice behavior, therapeutic jurisprudence and problem-solving courts
  • Racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities in justice systems
  • Evaluation research