Clarice J. Robinson

Clarice is an interdisciplinary researcher who draws from education, public health, and social work. She seeks to bridge the gaps in school-to-prison pipeline literature and the consequences of school police presence on adolescent health and wellbeing. Clarice explores school criminalization, school surveillance, and police presence in schools among over-policed, racially minoritized communities. In particular, she seeks to understand how stress, trauma, and the residual effects of harmful police interactions become embodied and intertwined in the biological systems of Black adolescents. Clarice aims to use her clinical social work training and research skills to help educators, practitioners, and policymakers develop trauma-informed school environments, invest in evidence-based practices that productively support safety, and eliminate the use of police officers in school settings.

Clarice is uniquely poised to upend the societal injustices that maintain the school-to-prison pipeline. She tutored incarcerated individuals inside Riker’s Island Correctional Facility for three years. Her experiences working inside Rikers Island sparked her passion for strengthening schools on the front end to keep children out of prison in the future.


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