JessicaGaskin.jpgJessica Gaskin, MA

Research Assistant

Jessica joined the Center in February 2020 as a Research Assistant. Her work is primarily focused on on research related to domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

Jessica received her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2018. While at John Jay, she was selected for the Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship—a competitive field placement dedicated to supporting court-involved youth. In this role, Jessica completed a 15-month internship at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defense office in NYC. She worked with the Adolescent Defense Project to provide trauma-informed case management to young adults, ages 14-25, who were prosecuted as adults.

Jessica also worked with the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, as one of the first Youth Engagement Coordinators. This position was created to implement innovative strategies to divert youth from unnecessary pretrial detention.

Additionally, Jessica’s graduate-level research focused on the developmental effects of trauma, stress, and violence exposure among adolescents. Jessica received her B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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