Assistant Research Professor
Ph.D. Sociology, Mississippi State University (2014)
M.S., Sociology, Mississippi State University (2008)
B.S., Sociology, Millsaps College (2005)
Dr. Sheena Gardner began her career at the SSRC as a graduate research assistant in the Wolfgang Frese Survey Research Laboratory. In 2008, she began working as a research associate, and upon completion of her Ph.D. in 2014, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. Over the past several years she has worked on several projects with her role generally involving varying levels of data collection, data management, and manuscript development. She has worked with many state agencies and administrative databases that include the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program (MASEP), the Department of Mental Health, the Juvenile Justice Research Consortium (with the Division of Public Safety Planning, the Office of Justice Programs), the Public Safety Data Laboratory (with the Office of Highway Safety, MS Department of Public Safety), and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Detention Data Technical Assistance project (with the Attorney General’s Office). In addition to working with state agencies in Mississippi, she has also worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a consultant on the National Youth Screening & Assessment Project (NYSAP). Currently, Dr. Gardner is an assistant research professor at the SSRC. Her work centers largely on the implementation and evaluation of systems-level change with a primary interest in the Mississippi juvenile justice system. Current projects include program evaluations for the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers and the Fannie Lou Hamer’s America Team as well as a project focused on developing a statewide system of early childhood developmental screenings and interventions.