Whitney Threadcraft-Walker, Ph.D.
Senior Program Researcher
Dr. Walker works closely with leadership to advance the Conservancy’s program design capacity and build sustainable outcome driven programs that foster measurable impact in the communities that we serve while aiding the development of programs that align with the Conservancy’s three core areas of focus: education, economic empowerment and health and wellness. By extension this includes public health, policy analysis, research and social justice/equity-based programming. She conducts and synthesizes research on policies, programs, and initiatives to increase equitable life course outcomes for minoritized communities.
Dr. Walker has written about predictive bias in risk assessment instruments by race and gender across adult and juvenile domains, in addition to the utility of population specific approaches to justice system diversion. Her work has been featured in various outlets such as the Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, and the Huffington Post. Further, her research has been used to facilitate data-driven decision-making for Harris County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee, and Pretrial Services Agency. Dr. Threadcraft-Walker also served as a Government Innovation Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she provided technical assistance to state and local governments across the country. Whitney Threadcraft holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown. She earned her Ph.D. from the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University.