Graduate Research

One of the primary functions of the COJJP is to engage graduate students in research and evaluation projects. Our doctoral programs adhere to the scientist-practitioner model, underscoring balanced training in the science and practice of juvenile justice and psychology.  Please refer below for recent examples of theses and dissertations.

Bailey, L. (2013). Adolescent Obesity and Its Relationship to Risky Sexual Behavior and Suicidality. (Doctoral dissertation). Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Beckford, D. G. (2013). Gender differences of cultural mistrust, stereotype threats, and college success as mediated by supportive relationships. (Master’s thesis). Juvenile Forensic Psychology

Belshaw, S. H. (2009). Contributing factors to suicide ideation: an examination of sexual abuse and other risk factors in adolescent females under the supervision of the Texas juvenile justice (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Daramola, A. (2013). Drugs, violent crimes and the disproportionate minority contact of African Americas in the juvenile justice system: A behavior and arrest study. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Davis, J. B. (2010). Disproportionate minority confinement: A state-level test of the racial and symbolic threat hypothesis. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Dawkins, M. (2010). The applicability of Agnew’s General Theory of Crime and Delinquency to recent juvenile gang membership in Houston (Master’s thesis). Juvenile Justice

Dawkins, M. (2013). The impact of juvenile residential placement on aggregate delinquency: a state-level panel study, 1997-2011. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Espinosa, E. M. (2011) An evaluation of the influence of gender and mental health need on juvenile justice system processing. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Gallien, M. A. (2013). Predictors of gang membership and gravity of offenses among juvenile residents in Texas Youth Commission.  (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Griffin-Maliti, Z. (2013). The development and validation of the Acculturative Stress Event Scale for African Americans.  (Doctoral dissertation). Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Hart, K. E. (2012). Psychosocial risk factors for delinquent behavior among ethnic minority female adolescents: An applied analysis of Howell’s Pathway Model. (Doctoral dissertation). Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Marsh, S. M. (2013). How do histories of gang violence involvement, family abuse, and substance abuse influence motivation to change among youth who are capital and serious violent offenders? (Doctoral dissertation). Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Moghalu, A. S. (2009). Disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system: a legacy of child delinquency. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Morris, S. V. C. (2009). The relationship between juvenile emotional states and tobacco use. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

Rodriguez, F.A. (2013). Unaccompanied Latino youth on the United States-Mexico border: A qualitative study. (Doctoral dissertation). Juvenile Justice

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