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Dr. Bonita Veysey



PhD (1993) Sociology, University at Albany; MS (1984) Rehabilitation Counseling, University at Albany; BA (1979) Judaic Studies, University at Albany

Office Location

CLJ 578A

Areas of Specialization

Transformation and Reform
Criminal Identity
Implicit Social Cognition
Gender Stereotypes
Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care


Bonita Veysey, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to her employment at Rutgers, Dr. Veysey was a Senior Research Associate at Policy Research Associates in Delmar, New York. During that time, she was the Director of the Women’s Program Core and the Associate Director of the National GAINS Center, a policy and technical assistance center that provides guidance and support on mental health and substance abuse treatment to institutional and community corrections agencies across the United States. Dr. Veysey’s early research focused on behavioral health and justice issues, including continuity of care and reentry; police interactions with persons with mental illnesses; mental health and substance abuse treatment in jails and prisons; diversion and treatment services for youth with behavioral health problems; treatment and supervision of justice-involved girls and women; and the adult consequences of early childhood trauma. More recently, Dr. Veysey has focused her attention on implicit social cognition in collaboration with Dr. Luis Rivera and the Rutgers Implicit Social Cognitions (RISC) Lab. Recent and on-going projects include: (1) the impact of a self-criminal reminder on explicit and implicit criminal identity, and how age mediates this relation, (2) the effects of stigma and recency of arrest/incarceration on explicit and implicit criminal identity, and (3) gender stereotype inconsistency and the strength of implicit identity on psychological distress.

RISC Lab Profile


Recent & Key Publications

Veysey, B.M., & Rivera, L.M. (2024). Age and chronic and temporary criminality: Associations with implicit and explicit criminal identities. Criminal Justice and Behavior51(4), 510-527.  https://doi.org/10.1177/00938548231225256

Saad, M., Rivera, L.M., & Veysey, B.M. (2022). A positive versus negative interaction memory affects parole officers’ implicit associations between the self-concept and the group parolees. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.787583

Sachs, N.M., Veysey, B.M., & Rivera, L.M. (2022). Situational victimization cues strengthen implicit and explicit self-victim associations: An experiment with college-aged adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence37(3-4), 1292-1310. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520922368

Sachs, N. M., Veysey, B.M., & Rivera, L. M. (2021). Implicit social cognitive processes underlying victim self and identity: Evidence with college-aged adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence36(3-4), 1256-1282. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517741625

Rivera, L.M. & Veysey, B.M. (2018). Implicit self-criminal cognition and its relation to criminal behavior. Law and Human Behavior, 42(6), 507-519. https://doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000300

Veysey, B.M., & Rivera, L.M. (2017). Implicit criminal identity and age: Implications for criminal persistence and desistance. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44(10), 1249-1261. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854817722173

Rivera, L.M., & Veysey, B.M. (2015). Criminal justice system involvement and gender stereotypes: Consequences and implications for women’s implicit and explicit criminal identities. Albany Law Review, 78(3), 1109-1128.

Veysey, B.M. (2015). The effect of gender role incongruence on the adjudication of criminal responsibility. Albany Law Review, 78(3), 1087-1107.

Whaley, R., Messner, S.F., & Veysey, B.M. (2013). The relationship between gender equality and rates of lethal violence of males against females: An exploration of functional form.  Justice Quarterly, 30(4), 732-754.