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Dena C. Carson

Dena C. Carson

Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4066
Phone: 317-274-8707
Email: carsond@iupui.edu
Curriculum Vitae
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Youth violence, gangs, delinquent peer groups and victimization.

Education

  • Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2011
  • M.A., Criminology, University of South Florida, 2007
  • B.S., Chemistry, Pittsburg State University, 2003

Professional Experience:

  • Project Director, A Multi-method, Multi-site Study of Gang Desistance. Funded by the National Institute of Justice. Principal Investigator: Finn-Aage Esbensen, 2012-2014
  • Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2011-2014

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Western Society of Criminology
  • Eurogang Program of Research
  • European Society of Criminology

Intellectual Contributions:

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Wiley, Stephanie A., Dena C. Carson, Finn-Aage Esbensen. 2016. Arrest and the amplification of deviance: Does gang membership moderate the relationship? Justice Quarterly, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2016.1226936.
  • Carson, Dena C., Dana Peterson, and Finn-Aage Esbensen. 2014. Youth gang desistance: An examination of the effect of different operational definitions of desistance on the motivations, methods, and consequences associated with leaving the gang. Criminal Justice Review 38:510-534.
  • Carson, Dena C. and Finn-Aage Esbensen. 2014. The Mediating Effects of Delinquent Attitudes on Race, Race Heterogeneity, and Violent Offending. Journal of Crime & Justice 37:23-41.
  • Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, D. Wayne Osgood, and Dena C. Carson. 2013. Short- and long-term outcome results from a multisite evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. program. Criminology & Public Policy 12:375-411.
  • Carson, Dena C., Finn-Aage Esbensen, and Terrance J. Taylor. 2013. A Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship between School Victimization and Student Mobility. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 11:275-294.
  • Carson, Dena C. 2013. Perceptions of Prosocial and Delinquent Peer Behavior and the Effect on Delinquent Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Criminal Justice 41:151-161.
  • Esbensen, Finn-Aage and Dena C. Carson. 2012. Who are the Gangsters? An Examination of the Age, Race/ethnicity, Sex, and Immigration Status of Self-reported Gang Members in a Seven City Study of American Youth. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 28:465-481.
  • Esbensen, Finn-Aage, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, Adrienne Freng, D. Wayne Osgood, Dena C. Carson, and Kristy N. Matsuda. 2011. Evaluation and Evolution of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program. Journal of School Violence 10:53-70.
  • Esbensen, Finn-Aage and Dena C. Carson. 2009. Consequences of Being Bullied: Results from a Longitudinal Assessment of Bullying Victimization in a Multisite Sample of American Students. Youth & Society 41:209-33.
  • Carson, Dena C., Christopher J. Sullivan, John K. Cochran, and Kim M. Lersch. 2009. General Strain Theory and the Relationship between Early Victimization and Drug Use. Deviant Behavior 30:54-88.

Book Chapters

  • Carson, Dena C. and J. Michael Vecchio. Forthcoming. “Leaving the Gang: A Review and Thoughts on Future Research” In Scott H. Decker and David C. Pyrooz (eds). Handbook of Gangs and Gang Responses. New York: Wiley.
  • Peterson, Dana and Dena C. Carson. 2012. “Group Sex Composition and Youths’ Delinquency: A Comparison of Gang and Non-gang Peer Groups.” In Finn-Aage Esbensen and Cheryl L. Maxson (eds). Youth Gangs in International Perspective: Tales from the Eurogang Program of Research. New York: Springer.
  • Matsuda, Kristy N., Finn-Aage Esbensen, and Dena C. Carson. 2012. “Putting the ‘Gang’ in ‘Eurogang’: Characteristics of Delinquent Youth Groups by Definitional Approaches.” In Finn-Aage Esbensen and Cheryl L. Maxson (eds). Youth Gangs in International Perspective: Tales from the Eurogang Program of Research. New York: Springer.
  • Lauritsen, Janet L. and Dena C. Carson. 2010. "The President's Task Force on Victims of Crime," In Bonnie S. Fisher and Steven P. Lab (eds). The Encyclopedia on Victimology and Crime Prevention, Thousand Oaks: Sage

Courses Taught:

  • SPEA J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Resources

Service:

  • Counselor-at-large, Western Society of Criminology, 2013-2014
  • Manuscript Referee: Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice Behavior, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime & Justice, Youth & Society, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Awards and Recognition:

  • James L. Maddex, Jr., Criminal Justice Review, Paper of the Year Award: “Youth gang desistance: An examination of the effect of different operational definitions of desistance on the motivations, methods, and consequences associated with leaving the gang.” (Spring 2014)
  • Co-Third Prize, American Society of Criminology Gene Carte Student Paper Competition: “Examining the Effect of Peers on Changes in Delinquent Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study” (Fall 2011).