I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Florida International University. I received my B.S. in Sociology from Oregon State University and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University. My research foci encompass various aspects of juvenile delinquency and young adult offending, but my current work is concentrated in three areas. First, my research and that of my co-authors focuses on self-control, both it sources and consequences. Second, I have been focusing on measurement issues surrounding the construct of peer delinquency and the implications of using alternative indicators of the construct to test criminological theories. Third, I have been examining the behavioral and health consequences of sleep deprivation among teenagers. My work has been published in outlets including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Preventive Medicine. For my contributions, I received the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) New Scholar Award. I was also named a 2016 Florida International University Top Scholar.
My teaching interests focus primarily on research methods. In addition, I independently developed a course entitled Crime Documentaries, where each week of class students view a documentary film on a topic relevant to criminology and criminal justice, accompanied by corresponding readings. More recently, I developed a course entitled Biosocial Criminology, which utilizes Kevin Beaver's Biosocial Criminology textbook, along with Adrian Raine's The Anatomy of Violence, to teach students about cutting edge cross-disciplinary theory and research on the neurological, genetic, and biological underpinnings of antisocial behavior.