Assistant Professor, Children, Youth & Families
Jessica Shaw, PhD, joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 2016. She is trained as a community psychologist, with specializations in evaluation, and organizational change and development. Dr. Shaw’s research focuses on improving community and system responses to sexual assault by relying on community partnerships to facilitate empirically-informed, sustainable change. Dr. Shaw’s interdisciplinary approach helps ensure that her work is guided by the most relevant and cutting-edge theories, methods, processes, and research. Furthermore, as a community psychologist, all of Dr. Shaw’s work is guided by a firm commitment to social justice and action.
Dr. Shaw has published on the criminal justice and medical system responses to sexual assault, the national problem of unsubmitted sexual assault evidence collection kits, the importance of systems-based approaches to research and action, and advanced research methods. Prior to joining the faculty of BCSSW, Dr. Shaw was a Visiting Fellow with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice. As a Fellow, Dr. Shaw helped NIJ become more systematic and deliberate in their efforts to fund practice- and policy-relevant criminal justice research and to support research-informed practice and policy implementation among criminal justice professionals.
Recently, Dr. Shaw was invited to present her research at the White House and to serve as a subject matter expert on several national committees focused on improving system responses to sexual assault.