Cody Stephens, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Cody Stephens, Ph.D., is a criminologist with specialized knowledge in policing, community-based violence prevention and reentry programming. She serves as research scientist in CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation. In addition to her academic background in criminology and criminal justice, Stephens has two decades of applied research and evaluation experience and her recent research topics include predictive policing algorithms, community policing policy and programming, police data systems and hiring practices, and body worn camera video release policies. Before joining CNA, Stephens worked as chief performance analyst in the Chicago Office of Inspector General's Public Safety Section and the Audit Division in Chicago Police Department and earned a Certified Inspector General Auditor (CIGA) certification. Stephens has also been an evaluator for community-based, public health violence and substance use prevention initiatives; coordinator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) grantees; facilitator for criminal justice coordinating councils across Illinois; and, technical assistance provider delivering logic modeling and evaluation support to state and community-based organizations including LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and rural public health agencies. Stephens has a Ph.D. in criminology, law, and justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago; a M.A. in criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago; and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.

Justice and Policing