Policing, Regulation, Public Health


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

  • Compton, M.C., Graves, J., Zern, A., Pauselli, L., Anderson, S., Ashekun, O., Ellis, S., Langlois, S., Pope, L., Watson, A.C., Wood, J. In press. Characterizing arrests and charges among individuals with serious mental illnesses in public sector treatment settings. Psychiatric Services.
  • Wood, J. In press. Qualitative Research Strategies for Public Health Law Evaluation. In Wagenaar, A., Burris, C., & Pacula, R. (Eds) Legal Epidemiology: Theory and Methods. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Wood, J., Burris, S., & Shearing, C. In press. From incrementalism to radical restructuring: A preface. In Bartkowiak-Theron, I and Clover, J and Martin, D and Southby, RF and Crofts, N.(Eds)  Law enforcement and public health: Partners for community safety and wellbeing. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Switzerland.
  • Wood, J.D. and Griffin, P.M. 2021. 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.C., Owen, L., Wood, J.D., Compton, M.T. 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, 15(3): 1948-1962.
  • Wood, J.D., Watson, A.C. and Barber, C. 2020. What can we expect of police in the face of deficient mental health systems? Qualitative insights from Chicago police officers. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 28 (1): 28-42. 
  • Wood, J.D. 2020. Private policing and public health: A neglected relationship. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 36(1): 19-38.  
  • Groff, E.R., Haberman, C., Wood, J.D. 2020. 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, 16(4): 463-480.  
  • Wood, J.D. & Groff, E.R. 2020. Reimagining guardians and guardianship with the advent of body worn cameras. Criminal Justice Review, 44(1): 60-75.  
  • Wood, J.D. 2018. Regulating through enrolment: Emerging conceptions of police as public health interventionists. In Chang, L. & Brewer, R. (Eds). Crime and criminal justice revisited: Essays in honour of Peter Grabosky. London: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • Sorg, E.T., Wood, J.D., Groff, E.R. & Ratcliffe, J.H. 2017. Explaining dosage diffusion during hot spot patrols: An application of optimal foraging theory to police officer behavior. Justice Quarterly, 34(6): 1044-1068.  
  • Wood, J.D. & Watson, A.C. 2017. 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.
  • Wood, J., Watson, A. & Fulambarker, A. 2017. The “gray zone” of police work during mental health encounters: Findings from an observational study in Chicago. Police Quarterly, 20(1): 81-105.
  • 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. 

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