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Joanna’s current research focus is on the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) funded project, Collaborating to Transform Citizen Security A Yaad. She earned an M.A. in International Crime and Justice along with an Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the United States. Joanna also holds a Diploma in Social Work and a B.Sc. in Psychology and Criminology from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Her research interest lies in the fields of psychology and criminology with a concentration in international crime and justice. Joanna has worked at the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) at John Jay College, where she conducted background research on the criminal justice systems in client countries, examined crime data trends, responses and resources, and assisted the team in creating long term goals and a concrete framework to guide the implementation of NNSC’s principles and practices in an international context. Likewise, she served as a Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow at the Children’s Defense Fund in New York. There she carried out intense research and data analysis on issues pertaining to education justice to provide policy recommendations and action plans. Joanna also served as a Research Team Member for Jamaica under the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Criminal Justice and Partnership/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Diplomacy Lab Participation programme. Under this post she researched best practices for translating U.S. law enforcement experiences to international settings, particularly in post transitional and post conflict settings and presented a draft report of policy recommendations to INL staff in Washington, D.C.