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Publications

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Berryessa, C.M.* and Goodspeed, T. (2019). The brain of dexter morgan: The science of psychopathy in showtime’s Ssason 8 of dexter. American Journal of Criminal Justice 44(6): 962-978.

This article identifies and discusses on the ways in which biological influences to psychopathy are thematically portrayed in the eighth season of Dexter to describe Dexter’s psychopathy, particularly focusing on fatalism and the inevitability of succumbing to one’s “biological self.” This paper, utilizing traditional content analysis, focuses on seven qualitative themes surrounding “biological fatalism” and psychopathy in... Learn More

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Berryessa, C.M. (2019). Judicial stereotyping associated with genetic essentialist biases toward mental disorders and potential negative effects on sentencing. Law & Society Review 53(1): 202-238.

This research, utilizing qualitative methodology with grounded theory, develops a model that illuminates a process by which judicial stereotyping associated with genetic essentialist biases toward mental disorders may affect judges’ views regarding the sentencing and punishment of offenders with mental disorder diagnoses presented or understood to be genetically influenced. Data, collected through interviews with a... Learn More

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Berryessa, C.M. and Wohlstetter, B. (2019). The psychopathic “label” and effects on punishment outcomes: A meta-analysis. Law and Human Behavior 43(1): 9-25.

The current study, using a meta-analytic approach and moderation analysis, examines 22 studies reporting how psychopathic “labeling” influences perceptions on 3 punishment outcomes (dangerousness, treatment amenability, and legal sentence/sanction) for 2 types of experimental studies utilizing vignettes: (a) studies in which a defendant with a psychopathic “label” is compared to a defendant with no mental... Learn More

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Drawve, G., Kennedy, L. W.*, Caplan, J. M.*, & Sarkos, J. (2020). Risk of robbery in a tourist destination: a monthly examination of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Journal of Place Management and Development.

The purpose of this study is to identify potential changes in crime generators and attractors based on monthly models in a high-tourist destination.   A risk terrain modeling approach was used to assess spatial relationships between 27 crime generator and attractor types in Atlantic City, New Jersey with robbery occurrence for the 2015 calendar year. In... Learn More

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Caplan, J. M., Kennedy, L. W., & Neudecker, C. H. (2020). Cholera deaths in Soho, London, 1854: Risk terrain modeling for epidemiological investigations. PLOS ONE, 1-11.

Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) is a spatial analysis technique used to diagnose environmental conditions that lead to hazardous outcomes. Originally developed for applications to violent crime analysis, RTM is utilized here to analyze Dr. John Snow’s data from the 1854 cholera outbreak in London to demonstrate its potential value to contemporary epidemiological investigations. Dr. Snow... Learn More

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Boxer, P., Drawve, G. & Caplan, J. M.* (2020). Neighborhood violent crime and academic performance: A geospatial analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-10.

Decades of empirical work have confirmed that experiences with violence are associated with a variety of adverse behavioral and mental health as well as academic outcomes for children and adolescents. Yet this research largely has relied on indirect measures of exposure. In this study, we apply geospatial analysis to examine the relation between neighborhood violent... Learn More

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Caplan, J. M.*, Kennedy, L. W.*, Pizza, E. L. & Barnum, H. D. (2019). Using vulnerability and exposure to improve robbery prediction and target area selection. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. 1-24.

A large body of research has found that crime is much more likely to occur at certain places relative to others. Attempting to capitalize on this finding to maximize crime prevention, many police administrators have sought to narrow their department’s operational focus and allocate resources and attention to the most problematic locations. However, in the... Learn More

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Drawve, G., Caplan, J. M.*, & Ostermann, M.* (2019). Utilizing a risk of crime measure for recidivism research: Moving environmental corrections forward. Crime & Delinquency. 65(5), 606-629.

The current study expands recidivism research by developing a risk of crime (ROC) measure rooted in environmental criminology, reflecting the risk of criminal opportunities, and lending itself to environmental corrections. Data were collected from a city in the Northeast region of the United States. The ROC measure was constructed through risk terrain modeling and reflected... Learn More

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Kubik, J.*, Docherty, M.*, Boxer, P., Veysey, B.M.* & Ostermann, M.*(2016). Examining the moderating role of gang involvement on the context and impact of victimization. Journal of Criminological Research,Policy, and Practice, 2(2), 107-121.

Research suggests that gang-involved youth are more likely than non-gang youth to experience victimization. However, very little research has addressed the issue of whether the relationship between gang involvement and victimization depends on the context in which victimization takes place. The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of the relation between gang... Learn More

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Docherty, M.*, Boxer, P., Veysey, B.M.*, & Ostermann, M.* (2016). Gender differences in prevalence of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in a justice-referred sample of youth. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 5(2), 104-120

This study analyzed the mental and behavioral health profiles of male and female adolescents referred by justice authorities for intensive, home-based treatment. This study characterized the internalizing and externalizing symptoms reported in the sample by gender and examined correlations among symptoms. A sample of 421 youth completed a questionnaire about their mental and behavioral health,... Learn More