Jessica Collura’s work focuses on engaging young people in local settings in order to promote the healthy development of youth and communities. Jessica has published several journal articles and book chapters on the topics of youth organizing for school and community reform, youth violence prevention and positive youth development. She is also the co-author of a training manual designed for community coalitions and organizations interested in engaging young people as leaders.
Prior to joining the Voinovich School, Dr. Collura worked as a lead evaluator for a federally funded initiative that sought to empower young people to make positive decisions about their sexual health and prevent teen pregnancies in the state of Wisconsin. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Miami University, a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a doctoral degree in Civil Society and Community Research from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.