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  • Yamanda Wright

    Yamanda Wright


    Yamanda Wright has extensive experience in designing and implementing empirical evaluations of juvenile justice policies. She supports both the data analysis and system description phases of CJI’s juvenile justice initiatives. Trained as a developmental psychologist, Yamanda previously served as Director of Research at Texas Appleseed, where she examined state laws and local policies that disproportionately affect underserved youth, such as school district practices that contribute to the overrepresentation of low-income youth in school-based citations and arrests. Her published work has also received the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Award. Yamanda holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University.

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