Rachel Johnston, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Rachel Johnston has over 20 years of experience in research and analysis and project management. Her areas of expertise include policing organizations and policy, criminal justice systems reform, violence prevention, and justice systems collaboration. Dr. Johnston works on various federally funded national training and technical assistance (TTA) programs. She works directly with law enforcement agencies and their stakeholders to coordinate and deliver TTA, guide analyses, share and document best practices, and evaluate program effectiveness. Prior to joining CNA, Dr. Johnston was the research director for the Yale Law School Justice Collaboratory, the director of the Chicago Youth Shooting Review at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and the director of research and development at the Chicago Police Department. Dr. Johnston has a Ph.D. in criminology, law, and justice and a master's in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Justice and Policing


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