Jessika H. Bottiani

Assistant Professor of Education, Research Faculty


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, 2008
  • B.A. Smith College, 2001

Dr. Jessika Bottiani is a Research Assistant Professor at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Dr. Bottiani earned her master’s in public health and her PhD in mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interests center on policy and practice solutions to advance equitable, safe, and supportive public schools. Her work focuses on structural racism as a cause and consequence of racial disparities in exclusionary school discipline practices, highlighting the need to intervene at multiple levels within school systems. Dr. Bottiani collaboratively develops and tests preventive interventions with a team of researchers at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and local schools in Maryland and Virginia to help build teacher skills to reduce reliance on exclusionary discipline. Her writings cover topics related to barriers and promoters of intervention effectiveness in closing racial discipline gaps. She is a co-investigator on multiple federally funded research initiatives, including several school-level cluster randomized trials funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Institute of Justice. She serves on the editorial board of School Psychology Review.