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Emily Wright
Senior Research Fellow
Justice Policy Center
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  • Improving the criminal justice response to victim-survivors of crime should be informed by research that includes the voices and experiences of victim-survivors and those who serve them. Only then can and data-driven solutions be created.

    Emily Wright is a senior research fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on victimization among marginalized populations, community effects, and effective correctional practices. She has published more than 90 articles, chapters, and reports on these topics and has received funding from federal, state, and foundation sources to conduct research. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation. Wright has 18 years of experience conducting research and teaching in higher education institutions, with a skill set that includes research design and methodology, mixed-methods research, community-based participatory research, translational research, and mentorship.

    Throughout her career, Wright has worked to improve the criminal justice response to victim-survivors of crime through research and data-driven solutions. Her work has contributed to the knowledge base regarding gender-responsive programming; the impacts of victimization on offending behavior, adjustment to confinement, and recidivism; the impacts of social and community characteristics on family violence; and the ways criminal justice agencies, policies, and actors can be more trauma-informed and responsive to victim-survivors. Her recent research is featured in Child Abuse & Neglect, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

    Research Areas
    Crime, justice, and safety
    Children and youth
    Victims of crime
    Child maltreatment and prevention
    Family violence
    Incarcerated women
    Intimate partner violence
    Native populations
    Sexual violence

    Outside Affiliations
    Red Wind Consulting
    Subject Matter Expert, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Portfolio

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