Laurie Ross

Laurie Ross

Director of Research & Accountability

Contact Info:

+96 667 5888

About Me:

Education & Training

In conjunction with the Collaborative for Youth and Community Justice, Ross engages in community-based action research projects in Worcester on topics such as youth and gang violence, early childhood trauma and family resilience, youth and young adult homelessness, youth sexual health, and youth worker professional education. She was the evaluator on the Worcester Impact on Sexual Health (WISH) Taskforce. For the past twelve years, Ross has been the Project Director for Clark’s Local Action Research Partnership grant funded by the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Security. This project has her collaborating with Worcester Police Department, Worcester’s City Manager’s office, Juvenile Probation, Boys and Girls Club, the Worcester Youth Center, Straight Ahead Ministries, and Worcester Community Action Council among others to work on understanding and intervening in the cycle of youth and gang violence in Worcester. She was also the research partner on a Main South-focused federal Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program designed to reduce youth violence and enhance residents’ sense of control over the neighborhood.

Since 2000, Ross has directed the HOPE Coalition, a youth-adult partnership coalition designed to reduce youth violence, substance use, and promote positive adolescent mental health and youth leadership in Worcester. She is on the Board of Directors of the Worcester Youth Center and LIFT (Living in Freedom Together).

Ross believes that when research is intentionally conducted through an equity lens, injustices and disparities are made visible, allowing action to be directed toward root causes of social problems.