Kelly Walsh is a senior research associate in the Policy Advisory Group and the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses forensic science and innovative social financing arrangements, such as social impact bonds and Pay for Success financing. She is most interested in 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 a PhD in criminal justice, with a specialization in forensic science, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.