Jessica Gaskin

Jessica Gaskin

Crisis Response Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Jessica Gaskin


Jessica joined the team at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice in July 2021. Before joining CBHJ, Jessica served as a research assistant at the Center for Urban Studies, also at Wayne State University. In this role, Jessica co-supervised the domestic violence advocacy team, and she was the analyst for the Detroit city-wide youth CompStat meetings. From 2017-2018 Jessica served as a Pinkerton Graduate Fellow with The Bronx Defenders, where she provided holistic advocacy and case management to court-involved youth. Jessica also worked with the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, as one of the first Youth Engagement Coordinators. This position was created to implement innovative strategies to divert youth from unnecessary pretrial detention. Jessica is currently enrolled in the Wayne State University School of Social Work master's program.


Jessica serves as manager for the crisis response initiative at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. She leads all grants and projects focused on improving community response to behavioral health crises.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • B.A., Psychology and Criminal Justice, University of Michigan – Dearborn


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