Florence Krenz Mack Professor of Social Welfare and Professor of Public Policy JENNIFER L. SKEEM is a psychologist who writes and teaches about the intersection between behavioral science and criminal justice. Her research is designed to inform efforts to prevent violence, improve decision-making about people involved in the justice system, and achieve effective and equitable justice reform. Current projects include testing innovative correctional services for people with mental illness, identifying environmental factors that promote violence within institutions, and promoting prosocial behavior among juveniles at risk. Much of Skeem's current work addresses a surge of interest in the use of risk assessment to inform criminal sentencing—including how this practice may affect racial and economic disparities in imprisonment.
Skeem has authored over 150 articles and edited 2 books—including Applying Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending. She is past President of the American Psychology-Law Society and member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment. Skeem has delivered congressional briefings on her work and consults with local and federal agencies on issues related to prevention of (mass) violence, community corrections, and sentencing and prison reform.
Learn more at the Risk Resilience lab website.
In the News
- In the U.S. criminal justice system, algorithms help officials make better decisions, our research finds (Washington Post op-ed, 03.02.20)
- Algorithms are better than people in predicting recidivism, study says (Berkeley News 02.14.20)
- Focusing on Mental Illness Won't Solve America's Gun Violence Problem: Experts (Globe Post 10.07.19)
- Prof. Jennifer Skeem at Congressional Briefing on Countering Mass Shootings (Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy 09.17.19)
- Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong? (WIRED 09.05.19)
- Psychotic hallucinations, delusions rarely precede violence (Berkeley News 05.11.15)
- Behavioral Health and Prevention/Intervention
- Community, Organizational and Policy Development