Professor & Undergraduate Chair
548 Gladfelter Hall


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 street-level interventions by police in the management of health risk behaviors and social vulnerabilities (substance use, mental illness, homelessness).

Jennifer is the North American Editor for Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy.

Selected Publications

In press

  • Watson, A.C. Wood, J.D. Everyday police work during mental health encounters: A study of call resolutions in Chicago and their implications for diversion. Behavioral Sciences and the Law.


  • 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 0912 – Honors Criminal Behavior
  • CJ 4096 – Crime and Social Policy (Writing Seminar)
  • CJ 4196 – Critical Issues in Law Enforcement (Writing Seminar)
  • CJ 8302 – Advanced Methodological Issues in Criminal Justice Research: Qualitative Research
  • CJ 8330 – Policing and Security in a Global Age (special topics)