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.
Shaw, J. (in press). Teaching note: A call for including theories of evaluation in program evaluation courses taught in schools of social work. Journal of Social Work Education.
Shaw, J., Feeney, H., & Campbell, R. (in press). Never too early to start: Training graduate students for policy work. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
Shaw, J., Campbell, R., Cain, D., & Feeney, H. (2017). Beyond surveys and scales: How rape myths manifest in sexual assault police records. Psychology of Violence, 7(4), 602-614.
Shaw, J., Campbell, R., & Cain, D. (2016). The view from inside the system: How police explain their response to sexual assault. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(3-4), 446-462.
Shaw, J., Campbell, R., Hagstrom, J., O’Reilly, L., Kreiger, G., Cain, D., & Nye, J. (2016). Bringing research into practice: An evaluation of Michigan’s pilot sexual assault kit (SAK). Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(8), 1476-1500.
Shaw, J., & Janulis, P. (2016). Re-evaluating sexual violence prevention through bystander education: A latent growth curve approach. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(16), 2729-2750.
Shaw, J., McLean, K., Taylor, B. Swartout, K., & Querna, K. (2016). Commentary: Beyond resilience: Why we need to look at systems too. Psychology of Violence, (6)1, 34-41.
Campbell, R., Bybee, D., Townsend, S.M., Shaw, J., Karim, N., & Markowitz, J. (2014). The impact of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs on criminal justice case outcomes: A multi-site replication study. Violence Against Women, (20)5, 607-625.
*Nominee for Violence Against Women 2014 Best Article Award*
Shaw, J., & Campbell, R. (2014). The “process” of process use: Methods for longitudinal assessment in a multi-site evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 35(2), 250-260.
Shaw, J., & Campbell, R. (2013). Predicting sexual assault kit (SAK) submission among adolescent rape cases treated in a forensic nurse examiner program. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(18), 3400-3417.
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
Leadership Development Fellow, Society for Community Research and Action
Research Excellence Award, BC School of Social Work
Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology, SCRA
Research Funding Award, BC School of Social Work
Visiting Fellow, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice (Grant No. 2014-IJ-CX-0033; PI: Jessica Shaw; Awarded $102, 278)
Best Article Award Nominee by Editors & Editorial Review Board for “The impact of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs on criminal justice case outcomes: A multi-site replication study,” Violence Against Women
Outstanding Evaluation Award for “Implementation of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Practitioner Evaluation Toolkit” (PI: Rebecca Campbell), AEA
Social Justice Award for community work with local rape crisis center, McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois
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