Scholarly Publications

Below you will find a select list of the latest publications from our researchers.  For exhaustive results, please download the full vitas of the researchers.


Gardner, S. K., Elkington, K. S., Knight, D. K., Huang, S., DiClemente, R. J., Spaulding, A. C., Oser, C. B., Robertson, A. A., and Baird-Thomas, C. Forthcoming. "Juvenile Justice Staff Attitudes about HIV/STI Prevention, Testment, and Treatment Linkage." Health & Justice.

Robertson, A. A., Hiller, M., Dembo, R., Dennis, M., Scott, C., Henry, B., and Elkington, K. 2019. "National Survey of Juvenile Community Supervision Agency Practices and Caregiver Involvement in Behavioral Health Treatment. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Available online at

Yoon, S., Quinn, C. R., McCarthy, K. S., and Robertson, A. A. 2019. "The effects of child protective services and juvenile justice system involvement on academic outcomes: Gender and racial differences." Youth & Society: 1-22.

Robertson, A. A., Zhou Q. M., Tatch, A., and Walsh, M. Under Review. "Gender-Specific Predictors of Recidivism among DUI Offenders. Submitted to Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 8/28/2018. Revised and resubmitted: 01/18/2019, 4/30/2019, and 8/12/2019. 

Elkington, K. S., Spaulding, A., Gardner, S. K., Knight, D., Belenko, S., Becan, J. E., Robertson, A. A., Oser, C. and DiClemente, R. Under Review. "A system-level intervention to encourage collaboration between juvenile justice and public health agencies to promote HIV/STI testing." Submitted to American Journal of Public Health.

Cook, A. and May, D. 2019. "It's Just Shoplifting (Or is it?): Examining Court Processing of Shoplifting Before and After the Passage of Mississippi House Bill 585." Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.

Cook, A. P. 2019. "Minor Crimes, Major Impacts: An Examination of Racially Disparate Outcomes in Misdemeanor Court Processing." The Lower Criminal Courts. Eds. Alisa Smith and Sean Maddan. 

Haynes, S. H.May, D. C., Lambert, E. G., and Keena, L. D. Forthcoming. "An examination of the effects of personal and workplace variables on correctional staff perceptions of safety." American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Keena, L. D., Lambert, E. G., Haynes, S. H., May, D. C., and Buckner, Z. Forthcoming. "Examining the relationship between job characteristics and job satisfaction among Southern prison staff." Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research.

Lambert, E. G., Haynes, S. H., Keena, L. D., May, D. C., and Leone, M. Forthcoming. "Research note: The relationship of organizational justice variables with job involvement among Southern prison staff." Journal of Crime and Justice.

Lambert, E. G., Keena, L. D., Haynes, S. H.May, D. C., and Leone, M. C. Forthcoming. "Predictors of job stress among Southern correctional staff." Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Lambert, E. G., Keena L. D., Leone, M., May, D. C., and Haynes, S. H. Forthcoming. "Wanting a fair work experience: Exploring the effects of distributive and procedural justice on job satisfaction and organizational commitment among staff working at an unusual Southern prison." The Social Science Journal. 

Stokes, E. C., Haynes, S. H., Burdette, A., and May, D. C. Forthcoming. "Punishing the wrongdoers: The impact of religiosity on punitive attitudes toward adults and juveniles." Sociological Focus.

Koon-Magnin, S., Haynes, S. H., and Ruback, R. B. 2019. "Condemnation of statutory rape based on respondent race, perpetrator race, and victim race. Violence and Victims 34(3), 414-433.

Jackson, Dylan B., Mariana Chilton, Michael G. Vaughn, and Kecia R. Johnson. Forthcoming. "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Household Food Insufficiency: Findings from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health." American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Jackson, Dylan B., Kecia R. Johnson, and Michael G. Vaughn. 2019. "Household Food Insufficiency and Children Witnessing Physical Violence in the Home: Do Family Mental Illness and Substance Misuse Moderate the Association?" Maternal and Child Health Journal 23:961-970. Available online at

Ralston, Margaret, Kecia R. Johnson, Leslie Hossfeld, and Bettina M. Beech. 2019. "Examining the Nexus of Obesity, Mental Health and Rural County Level Food Access: Testing the Enduring Role of Persistent Poverty." The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 56: 101-124.

Jackson, Dylan B., Kecia R. Johnson, Michael G. Vaughn, and Marissa E. Hinton. 2019. "The Role of Neighborhoods in Household Food Insufficiency: Considering Interactions between Physical Disorder, Low Social Capital, Violence, and Perceptions of Danger." Social Science & Medicine 221:58-67. Available online at

Peguero, Anthony, Jun Sung Hong, Gabriel J. Merrin, and Kecia R. Johnson. 2019. "School Disorder and Dropping Out: The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity." Youth & Society 51:193-218. Available online at

Henkel, Zach, Cindy Bethel, Kenna Baugus, and David C. May. 2019. "User Expectations of Privacy in Robot Assisted Therapy." Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics 10:140-159.

Stives, Kristen, David C. May, Melinda Pilkinton, Cindy Bethel, and Deborah Eakin. 2019. "Strategies to Combat Bullying: Parental Responses to Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims." Youth & Society 51(3):358-376.

Sinclair, H. C., Szkody, E. M., Goldberg, R., Ellithorpe, C. E., and Stubbs-Richardson, M. Under Review. "Are all networks created equal? Gender differences in the social network effect." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Sinclair, H. C., Utley, J. W., Nelson, S., Ellithorpe, C. E., and Stubbs-Richardson, M. Under Review. "Behavioral and psychological consequences of identity-based aggression in high school." Self & Identity.

Sutton, Tara E., Leslie Gordon Simons, and Kimberly A. Tyler. In Press. "Hooking-Up & Three Forms of Sexual Victimization on Campus: Examining Moderators of Risk." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Available online at

Sutton, Tara E., Leslie Gordon Simons, Brittany T. Martin, Eric T. Klopack, Frederick X. Gibbons, Steven R. H. Beach, and Ronald L. Simons. 2019. "Racial Discrimination as a Risk Factor for African American Men's Physical Partner Violence: A Longitudinal Test of Mediators and Moderators." Violence Against Women. Available online at

Simons, Leslie Gordon, Tara E. Sutton, Antoinette M. Landor, Ashley B. Barr, Chalandra M. Bryant, and Ellen Granberg. 2019. "The Challenge of Forming Romantic Relationships within the Context of Structural Inequality: Gender Differences in the Dating Experiences of African American Young Adults." Youth & Society. Available online at

Sutton, Tara E. 2019. "Review of Attachment Theory. Familial Predictors, Continuity and Change, and Intrapersonal and Relational Outcomes." Marriage & Family Review, 55(1): 1-22. 


Bowser, D., Henry, B., Wasserman, W. A., Knight, D., Gardner, S., Krupka, K., Grossi, B., Cawood, M., Wiley, T., and Robertson, A. 2018. "Juvenile justice case processing, a collaborative challenge: Comparison of the Overlap between Juvenile Justice Processing and Screening and Referral to Behavioral Health Services." Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services 5(1), 96-125.

Gardner, S. K., Robertson, A. A., Tatch, A., and Walker, C. S. 2018. "Racial Differences in College Student Drinking." Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. Available online at

Robertson, A. A., McKinney, C., Walker, C., and Coleman, A. 2018. "Peer, Social Media, and Alcohol Marketing Influences on College Student Drinking." Journal of American College Health. Available online at

Robertson, A. A. and Walker, C. S. 2018. "Predictors of Justice System Involvement: Maltreatment and Education." Child Abuse & Neglect 76, 408-415.

Sales, Jessica M., Gail Wasserman, Katherine S. Elkington, Wayne Lehman, Sheena Gardner, Larkin McReynolds, Tisha Wiley, and Hannah Knudsen. 2018. "Perceived Importance of Substance Use Prevention in Juvenile Justice: A Multi-Level Analysis." Health and Justice 6(1): 12-20. Available online at

Burdette, A. M., Hill, T. D., Webb. N. S., Ford, J. A., and Haynes, S. H. 2018. "Religious involvement and substance use among urban mothers." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57(1), 156-172.

Burdette A. M., Webb, N. S., Hill T. D., Haynes, S. H., and Ford, J. A. 2018. "Religious involvement and marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes." Journal of Drug Issues 48(3), 421-434.

Cares, A. C., and Haynes, S. H. 2018. "Restitution: A different kind of economic sanction?" Criminology & Public Policy 17(4), 815-823.

May, D. C., Barranco, R., Stokes, E., Robertson, A., and Haynes, S. H. 2018. "Do school resource officers really refer juveniles to the juvenile justice system for less serious offenses?" Criminal Justice Policy Review 29(1), 89-105.

Jackson, Dylan B., Jamie Newsome, Michael G. Vaughn, and Kecia R. Johnson. 2018. "Considering the Role of Food Insecurity in Low Self-Control, Child Misconduct, and Early Delinquency." Journal of Criminal Justice 56:127-139. Available online at

Horton, Hayward Derrick, Kecia R. Johnson, Melvin E. Thomas, and Cedric Herring. 2018. "Do Guys Just Want to Have Fun? Racial Differences in Cohabitation and Marriage among Men." Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal 6:8-24.

Johnson, Kecia R., Kenya McKinley, Leslie Hossfeld, Brittney Oliver, Claudette Jones, Laura Jean Kerr, and Maria Trinh. 2018. ""God Always Provides": Challenges and Barriers in Food Assistance Delivery in Mississippi." Community Development 49: 2-17. Available online at

Louine, Jeannice, David C. May, Daniel L. Carruth, Cindy L. Bethel, Lesley Strawderman, and J. L. Usher. 2018. "Are Black Robots Like Black People? Examining How Negative Stigmas about Race are Applied to Robots." Sociological Inquiry 88(4):626-648. Available online at

Payne, Brian, David C. May, and Lora Hadzhidimova. 2018. "America's Most Wanted Criminals: Comparing Cybercriminals and Traditional Criminals." Criminal Justice Studies. Available online at

Strawderman, Lesley, Scott Campbell, David C. May, Cindy L. Bethel, John Usher, and Daniel L. Carruth. 2018. "Understanding Human Responses to the Presence and Actions of Unmanned Ground Vehicle Systems in Field Environments." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Transactions on Human Machine Systems 48(4):325-336.

Felmlee, D. and Sinclair, H. C. 2018. "Social networks and personal relationships." Invited chapter for eds. A. Vangelisti and D. Perlman. The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. London, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 467-480.

Stubbs-Richardson, M.Sinclair H. C., Goldberg, R., Ellithorpe, C., and Amadi, S. 2018. "Reaching out versus lashing out: Examining gender differences in experiences with and responses to bullying in high school." American Journal of Criminal Justice 43:39-66. Available online at

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Cosby, A. L., Bergene, K. D., and Cosby, A. G. 2018. "Searching for Safety: Crime Prevention in the Era of Google." Crime Science 7(21). Available online at

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Rader, N. E., and Cosby, A. G. 2018. "Tweeting rape culture: Examining portrayals of victim blaming in discussions of sexual assault cases on Twitter." Feminism & Psychology 28(1):90-108. Available online at

Simons, Leslie Gordon, Tara E. Sutton, Sarah Shannon, and Mark T. Berg. 2018. "The Cost of Being Cool: How Adolescent Pseudomature Behaviors Map onto Adult Adjustment." Journal of Youth & Adolescence 47(5): 1007-1021


Morse, D. T., and Robertson, A. A. 2017. "Psychometric properties of the Short Inventory of Problems (SIP) with adjudicated DUI intervention participants." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 31(1), 110-116.

Leukefeld, C. G., Cawood, M., Wiley, T., Robertson, A., Fisher-Horn, J., Arrigona, N., Donahue, P., Staples-Horn, M., Harris, P., Dembo, R., Marks, K., and the JJ-TRIALS Cooperative. 2017. "The Benefits of Community and Juvenile Justice Involvement in Organizational Research." The Journal of Juvenile Justice 6(1), 112-124. NIHMSID #873036

Robertson, A., Morse, D. T., Hood, K., and Walker, C. 2017. "Measuring alcohol marketing engagement: The development and psychometric properties of the Alcohol Marketing Engagement Scale." Journal of Applied Measurement 18(1), 87-99. 

Cook, A. P. 2017. "Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman)." The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Eds. K. Kerley, H. Copes, S. Li, J. Lane, and S. Sharp. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. (Accepted in 2015). 

Cook, A. P. 2017. "Chain Gangs." The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Eds. K. Kerley, H. Copes, S. Li, J. Lane, and S. Sharp. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. (Accepted in 2016). 

Cook, A. P. 2017. "Capital and Punishment: A Novel Model of Re-offending." Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Gardner, Sheena K. and Matthew W. Hughey. 2017. "Still the Tragic Mulatto? Manufacturing Multiracialization in Magazine Media, 1961-2011." Ethnic and Racial Studies. Available online at

Lambert, E. G., Keena, L. D., May, D. C., Haynes, S. H., and Buckner, Z. 2017. "To be committed or not: Examining effects of personal and workplace variables on the organizational commitment of Southern prison staff." Criminal Justice Studies 30(3), 223-239.

Jackson, Dylan B. and Kecia R. Johnson. 2017. "Does Breastfeeding Reduce Offspring Junk Food Consumption during Childhood? Examinations by Socio-economic status and Race/Ethnicity." Public Health Nutrition 20:1441-1451. Available online at

Usher, John, Ross McCool, Lesley Strawderman, Daniel Carruth, Cindy Bethel, and David May. 2017. "Simulation Modeling of Pedestrian Behavior in the Presence of Unmanned Mobile Robots." Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory 75:96-112.

May, David C., Kristie Holler, Cindy L. Bethel, Lesley Strawderman, Daniel L. Carruth, and John Usher. 2017. "Survey of Factors for the Prediction of Human Comfort with a Non-Anthropomorphic Robot in Public Spaces." International Journal of Social Robotics 9(2):165-180. 

Reid, Caroline, Jennifer Weis, David C. May, and Brianna Wright. 2017. "Safety Perceptions and Experiences with Violence among College Students." Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology 5, Sept. Supplemental Issue 4-19. 

May, David C., Kristen Stives, Makeela Wells, and Peter Wood. 2017. "Does Military Service Make the Experience of Prison Less Painful? Voices from Incarcerated Veterans." Criminal Justice Policy Review 28(8):770-789.

Sutton, Tara E. 2017. "The Lives of Female Gang Members." Aggression & Violent Behavior: A Review Journal 37:142-152

Sutton, Tara E., Leslie Gordon Simons, Ronald L. Simons, and Carolyn Cutrona. 2017. "Psychological Distress, Couple Interactions, and Parenting: A Dyadic Analysis of African American Couples." Journal of Marriage & Family 79(3): 850-864.