Dr. Amy Bacharach is a Senior Research Analyst with the Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children, and the Courts, where she works on state policy issues primarily in the areas of juvenile justice, collaborative justice (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, girls’ courts), and human trafficking, specializing in evidence-based practices. She has conducted extensive research on collaborative justice and juvenile issues, including runaway behavior, substance abuse, and survival sex and human trafficking in adolescents, and has authored numerous articles and reports and a book chapter. She also serves on statewide task forces related to these issues. In addition to her work with the Judicial Council, she spent many years as an adjunct professor and in 2013 was named one of the top 25 forensic psychology professors nationwide.
Amy is active in several local organizations, including the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, the National Council of Jewish Women, the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, and the United Way Bay Area Women’s Leadership Council. She is a graduate of Emerge California and has been an elected district delegate to the California Democratic Party since 2011. In 2014 she was elected to serve as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco City College. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Richmond District Neighborhood Center and is a proud Richmond District resident. Her most important title is that of “new mom.” In that role, she is an ardent volunteer with Vaccinate California.
Originally from Philadelphia, Amy had lived in the Alsace region of France and Mexico City and traveled extensively around the world before calling San Francisco home. She holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology and a certificate in Organizational Development.