Former Associate Researchers
Research Associate, Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community
Owner/Principal, Ceres Policy Research
Dr. Irvine has over fifteen years of experience in fields related to social policy. After completing a degree at U.C. Berkeley in Latin American development, Dr. Irvine completed a secondary teaching credential in Social Studies. She then completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her dissertation focused on how parents' views of school safety and quality dovetail with perceptions of race, class, and gender. While in graduate school Dr. Irvine also worked as a research fellow, studying public housing as well as non-profit, foundation, and government collaboration. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Irvine completed a post-doctoral position in London. In this position, she evaluated a series of domestic abuse screening programs as well as a health clinic for adolescents.
In addition to serving as a Research Associate with the CJTC, Dr. Irvine is the owner and Principal Researcher for Ceres Policy Research, a social policy and program evaluation business based in Santa Cruz, CA. Since 2002, Dr. Irvine has managed over 30 research projects and been the principal investigator on 22 projects. The majority of these projects have focused on youth in the alternative education and juvenile justice systems. Most recently, Dr. Irvine worked as the Principal Investigator on the Annie E. Casey Foundation national survey of LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. Her current interests are youth development, education, gender specific programming with the juvenile justice system, parolee reentry, and tobacco cessation within the Latino and LGBT communities. All of Dr. Irvine's work ties theoretically and practically to social justice.
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