Criminal Justice Graduate Students

Brielle Jackson

Brielle Jackson is graduate student enrolled in the criminal justice master’s program at the University of Nevada, Reno. They received their Bachelor’s of Art in psychology from Roger Williams University in May of 2018, where they also minored in criminal justice and Spanish. During their time as an undergraduate, Brielle found their love for both research and the intersections between psychology and law. Some of Brielle’s past research experience includes the impact of discrimination, social support and resilience on LGB individuals and assessing police questioning tactics and suspect information outcomes in various law enforcement interrogations. It was also during their undergraduate career where Brielle found their passion for activism and critical social justice, participating in a variety of student-driven causes for minoritized student rights on their campus.

Brielle’s research interests include legal decision-making and bias, interrogation and confessions, and the relationship between theory, research and policy. Their ultimate goal is to get their doctorate and continue engaging in meaningful research, training both future psychologists and legal practitioners to create more impactful and helpful policies through a critical social justice lens.

Outside of academics and activism, Brielle enjoys dogs, reading, writing, drawing, going to the gym, playing video games and spending time with their friends and family back in their home state of Massachusetts.

Alicia Ward

Alicia Ward is a graduate student in the criminal justice department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She was born in California originally, but moved to Nevada at a young age. Her interests in the field include corrections and community policing. She enjoys reading and listening to music in her free time.