Johana Lacoe

Johanna Lacoe

Areas of Expertise
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Evaluation design
  • Disconnected youth
  • Juvenile and criminal justice
  • School safety and discipline
  • Neighborhood crime
  • Family Support
  • Youth Development
  • Employment
  • Youth Employment
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Justice
About Johanna

Johanna Lacoe conducts research on criminal and juvenile justice, education, and housing policy, with a particular focus on youth populations. Her work investigates how exposure to community violence affects student achievement, the impact of mortgage foreclosures on neighborhood crime, and racial and ethnic disparities in school safety.

Lacoe holds key roles on several projects focused on the juvenile and criminal justice systems. She is a researcher on three experimental evaluations for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) looking at (1) programs to improve employment and educational outcomes for youth offenders, (2) expansion of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program to serve court-involved youth, and (3) the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release program, which provides employment support and job training services in jails. She leads the systematic review of programs that aim to improve education and employment outcomes for youth who have been involved with criminal and juvenile justice systems for DOL’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research. Lacoe also plays a lead role in an evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Local Deep End Initiative, a juvenile justice system reform effort to reduce out-of-home placements for juvenile offenders in 12 communities.

Before joining Mathematica in 2014, Lacoe was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy. She also worked at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Social Policy Research Associates. Her work has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, and Sociological Science. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration and an M.P.A. in public policy analysis from New York University.

Key Projects