Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff

Co-founder and CEO

Phillip Atiba Goff is the Co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity (CPE), Carl I. Hovland Professor of African American Studies at Yale University, and Chair of the Department of African American Studies. Prior to his role at Yale, Dr. Goff was the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the college's first endowed professorship. Dr. Goff’s early work brought social science research methods into police departments, and his groundbreaking experiments exposed the association between Blackness and crime. Today, he  is a national leader in the science of racial bias.

Dr. Goff’s early research led him to co-found CPE in 2007. Originally housed at UCLA as a university research center, CPE has since risen to national prominence in the enduring struggle for racial equity. Under his leadership CPE has grown from a university-based research center with just two people on staff to a stand-alone 501(c)3 of more than 130 employees across the country. Dr. Goff has overseen the expansion of multiple areas of focus within CPE's mission, including most recently the build out of Public Policy and Community Engagement teams. Over the course of its expansion, CPE has pioneered scientific research methods, data-informed interventions, and community-centered redesigns of public safety systems, to identify and help reduce the drivers of racially disparate policing and facilitate meaningful change for vulnerable communities, particularly Black and Brown communities.

Dr. Goff has been honored with numerous awards, including two American Psychological Association early career awards, the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive’s Lloyd G. Sealy Award. Dr. Goff has testified before Congress on several occasions and served on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. In 2021, Dr. Goff signed a multiyear creative partnership deal with Warner Bros. Television to produce original content promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Dr. Goff received his PhD in Psychology from Stanford and his BA from Harvard. He lives in New Haven, CT.