Annie Grier, MSW
Annie Grier is the Director of Community Partnerships and Training at the Institute for Justice Research and Development. Her work focuses on preparing the field of social work for criminal justice research and practice. Grier has developed and managed programs in North Carolina and Pennsylvania for women reentering society after incarceration. As a graduate student at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, she contributed to research focused on the interaction of trauma and substance abuse in criminal offending and the impact of social supports on male recidivism. Post-master’s, Grier served as project manager for Smart Decarceration Initiative, an innovative research center at the Brown School’s Center for Social Development, which focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions at the front-end of the criminal justice system. Grier holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Social Work, specializing in women and girls in the criminal justice system, from Washington University in St. Louis.