Jennifer Yahner

Jennifer Yahner

Principal Research Associate
Coprincipal investigator for the Employment Retention Inventory Validation

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.


Jennifer Yahner is a principal research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She has been conducting criminal justice research for more than a decade, with experience in studies of prisoner reentry, violence victimization, substance abuse, and program evaluations. Yahner is skilled in sophisticated statistical modeling, large-scale data management, and various quantitative methodologies (generalized linear modeling, structural equation modeling, multi-level analysis, social network analysis, inverse probability weighting, cost analysis) using Mplus, SAS, SPSS, LISREL, and Ucinet. Her research work has led to publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Crime and Delinquency.

Yahner is a former National Consortium on Violence research fellow. She holds simultaneous BA/BS degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

Research Areas

Crime and Justice

Centers & Initiatives

Justice Policy Center