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Kelly Walsh
Expert

Kelly Walsh

Senior research associate

I came to Urban to help improve life outcomes for vulnerable populations, including crime victims and offenders, by doing what I can do best—analyzing data and conducting research with meaningful, real-world implications for justice policy and practice.

Biography

Kelly Walsh is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on social science research in forensic science and innovative social financing arrangements such as social impact bonds or pay for success financing. She is most interested in questions centered on the efficacy of forensic processes, the causes of wrongful convictions, and the mechanisms of private investment for the sake of public good.

Before joining Urban, Walsh was an instructor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a researcher at the Center for Modern Forensic Practice. She is a member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists and certified in general criminalistics by the American Board of Criminalistics.

She earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Scranton and her PhD in criminal justice, with a specialization in forensic science, from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.