I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia in the department of Sociology. My work focuses on social and family contexts of crime, violence, and deviance among adolescents and young adults. In my research, I examine predictors and outcomes of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other criminal, violent, and deviant behavior (e.g. delinquency, risky sex, substance use) among youth. I am particularly interested in violence against women and children, the intergenerational transmission of violence, delinquency and deviance among youth, and criminological theory. As a whole, my work has important implications for working with perpetrators and victims of relational and family violence. I am also proficient in several advanced statistical techniques including structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, latent class and transition analysis, and growth curve modeling.
Graduate Students on the Job Market
On the Market: Tara E. Sutton
Dissertation Title: Intimate Partner Violence as a Consequence of Childhood Economic Hardship: The Meditating Role of Family Processes in a Longitudinal Study of African AmericansDissertation Chair: Leslie Gordon Simons
Dissertation Committee (External):
Crime & Deviance, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Criminological Theory, Family & Intimate Relationships, Mental Health, Advanced Quantitative Methods
Criminology, Deviance & Social Control, Juvenille Delinquency, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of the Life Course, Research Methods, Undergraduate-Level Statistics, Basic & Advanced Graduate-Level Statistics