Ashley Jackson is a PhD Candidate at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on the impact of police contact on youth and families. Specifically, her dissertation research examines the factors influencing how youth engage in discussions about preparation for police interactions. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ashley supported communities addressing public safety issues, conducted mixed-methods research on youth experiences with the juvenile legal system, and examined how police contact impacts youth and families. She has an MSW from the University of Chicago, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice (formerly the School of Social Service Administration (SSA)) and a BS in Administration of Justice from George Mason University.