Policing, Security, Regulation, Public Health, Qualitative Research


Jennifer Wood earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and received both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Toronto. Jennifer is a criminologist with expertise in policing and regulation. Her research focuses on the many intersections between policing and public health, including changes in how officers intervene with people experiencing health vulnerabilities such as mental illness. Jennifer is the North American Editor for Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy.

Selected Publications

  • Wood, J.D. and Griffin, P.M. The policing and public health interface: Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic. [Introduction to Special Issue]. Policing and Society, 31:5, 503-511.
  • Watson, A., Owens, L., Wood, J. & Compton, M. (2021). The impact of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) response, dispatch coding, and location on the outcomes of police encounters with individuals with mental illnesses in Chicago. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Online ahead of print.
  • Wood, J.D. (2019). Private policing and public health: A neglected relationship. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1177/1043986219890191.
  • Groff, E.R., Haberman, C., Wood, J.D. (2019). The effects of body-worn cameras on police-citizen encounters and police activity: Evaluation of a pilot implementation in Philadelphia, PA. Journal of Experimental Criminology. Online ahead of print.
  • Wood, J.D. & Groff, E.R. (2019) Reimagining guardians and guardianship with the advent of body worn cameras. Criminal Justice Review, 44(1): 60-75.  
  • Watson, A.C. & Wood, J.D. (2017) Everyday police work during mental health encounters: A study of call resolutions in Chicago and their implications for diversion. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 35(5-6): 442-455.
  • Wood, J.D. Watson, A.C. Improving police interventions during mental health-related encounters: Past, present and future. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 27 3 : 289-299.
  • Brown, T., Wood, J.D. Griffith, D. Using spatial autocorrelation analysis to guide mixed methods survey sample design decisions. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 11 3 : 394-414.
  • Wood, J., Watson, A. Fulambarker, A. The “gray zone” of police work during mental health encounters: Findings from an observational study in Chicago. Police Quarterly, 20 1 : 81-105.
  • Sorg, E.T., Wood, J.D., Groff, E.R. Ratcliffe, J.H. 2016. Explaining dosage diffusion during hot spot patrols: An application of optimal foraging theory to police officer behavior. Justice Quarterly. Published online ahead of print.
  • DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2016.1244286.
  • Van Steden, R., Wood, J., Shearing, C. Boutellier, H. 2016. The many faces of nodal policing: Team play and improvisation in Dutch community safety. Security Journal, 29 3 : 327-339.
  • Wood, J., Taylor, C., Groff, E. Ratcliffe, J. 2015. Aligning policing and public health promotion: Insights from the world of foot patrol. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 16 3 , 211-223.
  • Wood, J.D. 2015. Police and policing. In Sarat, A. Ewick, P. Eds The Wiley handbook of law and society. Malden, MA: Wiley.
  • Wood, J. D. Beierschmitt, L. 2014. Beyond police crisis intervention: Moving ‘upstream’ to manage cases and places of behavioral health vulnerability. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37: 439-447.
  • Sorg, E., Wood, J.D., Groff, E.R., Ratcliffe, J.H. 2014. Boundary adherence during place-based policing evaluations: A research note. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 51 3 : 377-393.
  • Wood, J., Sorg, E., Groff, E., Ratcliffe, J. Taylor, C. 2014. Cops as treatment providers: Realities and ironies of police work in a foot patrol experiment. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 24 3 : 362-379.
  • Mello, M., Wood, J. Burris, S., Wagenaar, A., Ibrahim, J., Swanson, J. 2013. Critical opportunities for public health law: A call for action. American Journal of Public Health, 103 11 : 1979-1988.
  • Groff, E., Johnson, L., Ratcliffe, J. Wood, J. 2013. Exploring the relationship between foot and car patrol in violent crime areas. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 36 1 : 119-139.
  • Wood, J. 2013. Qualitative research strategies for public health law evaluation. In Wagenaar, A. and Burris, S Eds Public health law research: Theory and methods. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 8310 - Policing and Public Health
  • CJ 0912 – Honors Criminal Behavior (GenEd)
  • CJ 4097 – Capstone: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
  • CJ 8302 – Advanced Methods and Issues in Criminal Justice Research