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

Jessika H. Bottiani, MPH, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on measurement and intervention to improve adolescent experiences of school climate and school discipline. She has extensive experience developing, validating, administering, and analyzing statewide student reported survey data on school climate, including establishing climate indicators with reliable psychometric properties across diverse student groups and examining disparities in student reports based on demographic characteristics. She also has a decade of experience designing and implementing reliable classroom observational systems to assess positive classroom climate, teacher classroom management practices, and teacher culturally responsive practices. Dr. Bottiani utilizes data from student and teacher surveys, as well as classroom observations, to understand patterns in classroom and school discipline practices and to develop preventive interventions to reduce racial disparities in punitive school discipline. Dr. Bottiani has tested these interventions with a team of researchers and local collaborators in Maryland and Virginia in randomized trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Bottiani earned her masters and doctorate from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She has extensive training in advanced quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling and latent variable modeling.