Valerie Cooley is Director of Graduate studies and a Lecturer at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in policy analysis, program evaluation, ethics and policy, and juvenile justice policy. After receiving her M.S.W. from Boston University, she worked for several years as a clinical social worker in the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. In order to contribute to the development of more effective policies and programs, she went back to graduate school to obtain her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research explores the implementation and effectiveness of policies and programs for at-risk and delinquent youth. Her work includes evaluations of mentoring programs, community-based sanctions continuums, and unified family courts. Criminal Justice Policy Review recently published her work on the implementation of community-based sanctions in North Carolina.
Lecturer in Public Policy
Director of Graduate Studies