Stephanie Kennedy

Policy Director

Kennedy has spent more than a decade conducting research to amplify well-being among justice-involved people and families, with particular attention to justice-involved women and mothers. Her scholarship focuses on enhancing community supports to reduce criminal behavior and victimization, implementing gender- and trauma-responsive interventions in prisons, and generating data-driven criminal justice system policy and practice reforms.

Prior to joining CCJ, she was Director of Research Dissemination for an academic research institute focused on developing and testing well-being-based behavioral health interventions for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, correctional staff, law enforcement officers, and other criminal justice system stakeholders. Kennedy holds a Master of Social Work and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research, both from Florida State University.