Kimberly Spencer Suarez is a doctoral candidate at Columbia School of Social Work. Her research interests include aging in the criminal justice system, and issues related to incarceration and reentry for older adults.

Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Suarez served in hospice and nonprofit settings. She has engaged in clinical research and program development for the Misdemeanor Assessment Project at the Center for Court Innovation, and she serves as an organizer of the Justice Working Group, co-sponsored by the Center for Justice and the Columbia Population Research Center. Ms. Suarez holds a BA in History and an MSW with emphases in clinical practice and aging, both from UCLA.