Faculty Directory

Jessica Shaw

Visiting Scholar


Jessica Shaw, PhD, is a community psychologist, with specializations in evaluation, and organizational change and development. Her research focuses on improving within and between system responses to sexual assault by relying on community partnerships to facilitate empirically-informed, sustainable change. Dr. Shaw’s work is guided by a firm commitment to social justice and action. She has published on the criminal justice and medical system responses to sexual assault, the national problem of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, the importance of systems-based approaches to research and action, advanced research methods, and evaluation. Dr. Shaw was the first BCSSW researcher to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Her work has funded by the Office on Violence Against Women and National Institute of Justice. Dr. Shaw has presented her research at the White House, and served as subject matter expert on several national committees focused on improving system responses to sexual assault.

selected grants

PI: Jessica Shaw, Evaluation of a Cross-System Cooperative Response to Adolescent Sexual Assault Victims. Grant awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2017-SI-AX-0001), $313,558

PI: Jessica Shaw, Race and the Criminal Justice System Response to Sexual Assault. Grant awarded by Boston College, $15,000

PI: Jessica Shaw, The Translational Criminology Research Fellowship. Grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice (2014-IJ-CX-0033), $102,278

professional activities

Criminal Justice Special Interest Group Chair for the Society for Community Research and Action

Theories of Evaluation Topical Interest Group Program Chair for the American Evaluation Association

Advisor for the Community Toolbox

Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Adolescent Taskforce Member