Stephanie Cross graduated in 2007 with a MS in Administration of Justice, specializing in statistics/research methods from Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon and then went on to work as a research associate for the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. In 2011 Stephanie moved back to Portland to pursue her Ph.D in Public Affairs and Politics specializing in Criminal Justice at PSU. She taught both Crime Analysis and Theories of Crime during her time as a doctorate student at PSU. In 2016 Stephanie moved to Olympia, Washington where she was a juvenile justice analyst for Washington’s Statistical Analysis Center, eventually moving on to work for Washington’s Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families where she currently does research in conjunction with Seattle Children’s hospital, focusing on substance use disorder among juvenile justice youth.