Jessica Visnesky, M.A.

Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice

Jessica Visnesky received her B.A. degrees in Criminology and Psychology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as her M.A. degree in Sociology with a specialization in Research Methodology. She has worked in the juvenile justice and social service fields, working in mental health, casework, and program administration. She has also been the primary investigator in program evaluations for non-profit prevention-based social service agencies. Her most recent research focused on the implementation of gender-specific programming in a congregate care group home serving pregnant and/or mothering delinquent youth. She has presented her research at regional, national, and international Criminal Justice conferences.

Jessica’s research interests include social and criminal justice policy analysis, formative program evaluations, gender-specific programming for girls and women, the school-to-prison pipeline and the crossover youth of child welfare and juvenile justice placements, and institutionalized communities.

Jessica teaches: CRJ 2160 Juvenile Justice, CRJ 3145 Criminal Justice Administration, and CRJ 4710 Women and Crime