Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Alexis Yohros is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University and a research assistant at the Institute on Race and Justice. Alexis is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on how adverse childhood experiences impact juvenile reoffending and how community context shapes these experiences. Prior, Alexis was working for the Commonwealth of MA at the Office of the Child Advocate as a Harvard Public Policy Fellow and then Experiential Doctoral Fellow. She worked on issues related to juvenile diversion, dually-involved youth, and data transparency. She is also the founder and editor of Informed Justice, a social media blog summarizing peer-reviewed articles on crime and criminal justice to bridge the gap between academics, policymakers, and the general public.
Related Schools & Departments
- Yohros, A. (2020). Types of Childhood Maltreatment, Neighborhoods, and Intimate Partner Violence: An Ecological Perspective. Victims & Offenders, 1-22.
- Welsh, B. C., Yohros, A., & Zane, S. N. (2020). Understanding Iatrogenic Effects for Evidence-Based Policy: A Review of Crime and Violence Prevention Programs. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 101511.
- Welsh, B.C., Farrington, D.P., Yohros, A. (Forthcoming). Preventing Delinquency and Later Criminal Offending. Chapter in: Brown, Jennifer M., and Miranda Horvath (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology, second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Yohros. A., & Zimmerman, G.M. Does the Residential Landscape Contextualize Peer Associations? Examining the Causes and Consequences of Affiliating with Older Peers. (2020). Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
- Yohros, A., & Welsh, B. C. (2019). Understanding and Quantifying the Scale-Up Penalty: A Systematic Review of Early Developmental Preventive Interventions with Criminological Outcomes. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 1-17.
- Welsh, B. C., Zane, S. N., Zimmerman, G. M., & Yohros, A. (2019). Association of a crime prevention program for boys with mortality 72 years after the intervention: Follow-up of a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open, 2(3).
- Yohros, A., & Threadgill, M. (2019, November). Statewide Diversion: Applications for Massachusetts and Data Considerations. Presentation at C2P Conference: Connecting Silos and Mapping Points of Intervention in the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. Boston, MA
- Threadgill, M. & Yohros, A. (2019, August). Examples of Statewide Diversion Models. Presentation at the Juvenile Justice Policy and Data Board Community-Based Interventions Subcommittee Meeting. Boston, MA
- Yohros, A. (2019, November). Childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence: Considering the role of context. Paper presentation at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Yohros, A., & Zimmerman, G.M. (2018, November). Neighborhoods, cross cohort socialization, and offending in peer networks. Paper presentation at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Awards and Honors
- 2020 Academic Honors Convocation Honoree, Northeastern University
- 2020 Experiential Ph.D. Fellowship, Northeastern University
- 2019 Student Innovation Award, American Society of Criminology
- 2019 Harvard Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School
More Student Paths
- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...