Whitney Threadcraft-Walker, Ph.D. conducts and synthesizes research on criminal justice policies. She has written about predictive bias in risk assessment instruments on the basis of race and gender across adult and juvenile domains, in addition to the utility of population specific approaches to justice system diversion and linkages between race, crime and psychopathy. Her most recent publication, “Reflections on race, personality and crime”, challenged previous research identifying antisocial behavior, as well as antisocial and psychopathic personality disorders as explanations for disproportionately high rates of Black participation in violent offenses.
She regularly presents to academic, practitioner, and general audiences and her work has been featured in various outlets including the Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, and the Huffington Post. She also provides data support for the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc., as well as the Center for Justice Research.
Dr. Threadcraft-Walker earned an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Houston-Downtown and a doctorate in the Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University. Her dissertation, “Assessing the Predictive Equity of a Commonly Utilized Risk Instrument among a sample of Minority Female Probationers” was the first examination of predictive bias resulting from the Wisconsin Risk Needs Instrument using a diverse group of females under community supervision.