Saadiq Bey is a Research Associate in the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. Saadiq’s current work focuses on juvenile justice reform, particularly on increasing the extent to which system reform includes the voices of young people and their families. He has worked on a participatory action research project on conditions in Virginia’s secure juvenile facilities which has accelerated reform in that state. He is currently working on two research projects that relate to the impact of community violence on young people.
Before joining Vera, Saadiq worked as a Program Analyst at the Fortune Society. He worked closely with direct service program leadership to promote the use of data in program management to ensure that internal/external performance targets were achieved and properly documented. In 2012, Saadiq worked as a research assistant at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). He recruited participants for research assessing the efficacy of the MacArthur Foundation telephone intervention to reduce depressive symptoms in older adults living with HIV.
He received his B.S from SUNY Empire State College and his Masters in Social Work from Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service. Saadiq is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).