Amber Farn

Deputy Director, Certificate Programs

With a passion for social justice and a diverse background in psychology, education, and mathematics, Amber brings a unique blend of expertise to her work as Deputy Director for Certificate Programs at CJJR. Since joining CJJR in 2014, Amber has played a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of the Center’s multi-disciplinary training initiatives. She oversees the entire life cycle of Certificate Programs from conception to implementation. Her expertise in curriculum development and data analysis ensure that CJJR’s programs are research-informed and tailored to the needs of each participating jurisdiction. She leads a dynamic team tasked with developing new programs and enhancing existing curriculum to address the evolving needs of youth involved in the justice system.

Amber’s journey began as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year Greater Philadelphia, where she witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by marginalized youth and felt compelled to make a difference. Through her internship as a high school counselor and first job as a behavioral therapist, she recognized the systemic barriers that often push young people into the justice system. These experiences sparked her interest in public policy.

Outside of CJJR, Amber is a mama of an opinionated 3-year-old, an enthusiastic runner, a Trekkie, and a BJJ hobbyist. She also loves statistics, data visualization, mystery/crime novels, and anything related to the MCU!

Amber holds a B.S. in Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park; an M.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services from University of Pennsylvania; and M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University.